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Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI was laid to rest in Rome last Thursday, following a simple but beautiful funeral Mass in St. Peter’s Square. Before he was elected Pope in 2005, Benedict (then … more
It was a coldish day in April 2008, and an 81-year-old man, wearing a long but lightweight white coat against the chill, exited a limousine and began to walk down a long ramp, toward a place of … more
On December 8, 2022 Congress passed the Respect for Marriage Act. It redefines marriage to include unions between homosexual couples and mandates that all states recognize such unions. This bill … more
We very much appreciate receiving letters to the editor and hope that readers will continue to write. In our last edition George Weigel’s article on President Biden garnered significant … more
Both St. Mark and St. Matthew reveal a curious characteristic of Jesus’s mission in their Gospel narrations. On several occasions, Jesus warns those he heals to keep quiet. For instance, after … more
When Bishop Tobin kicked off the beginning of this year’s “Keep the Heat On” challenge, which he initiated almost 18 years ago upon coming to Providence, he encouraged the students … more
Mary, under the title of the Immaculate Conception, was named the patroness of the United States by the bishops of our country in the mid-1800s. That was unquestionably a providential action, … more
The Advent and Christmas seasons can be especially difficult for those who are grieving the death of a loved one. The pain of their loss is exacerbated by the festive atmosphere that surrounds the … more
Last year, we celebrated the 150th anniversary of our diocese with the theme “The Lord Has Done Great Things for Us; We are Filled with Joy” (Ps 126:3). Indeed, He has! We always have … more
As the liturgical year ends the Church draws our attention to the reality of Christ’s kingship. At every Mass we pray the “Our Father.” In that prayer we pray for God’s … more
In the last election abortion was on the ballot in several states. In many cases pro-life legislation failed to pass. For example, in Kentucky, which consistently votes Republican, an amendment to … more
The Book of Sirach chronicles various types of friends. The inspired author notes, “There are friends when it suits them; but they will not be around in time of trouble … [but] faithful … more
A striking image confronts every priest who exits the sacristy of St. Peter’s Basilica before celebrating Mass. Roncalli’s “Altar of the Lie” depicts an authoritative St. … more
The very fact that we have an All Souls’ Day on the liturgical calendar of the Church reminds us of the importance of praying for the dead. It also serves to remind us that Purgatory is real … more
At Mass a couple of Sundays ago, we heard the parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector. The Pharisee is rightly criticized by commentators and homilists for his pride, which was clearly … more
It is a time for us to pray to the Master of the harvest to send more good men and women to answer His callThere’s a tradition in which newly ordained priests create a prayer card to … more
On October 16, 1978 Karol Józef Wojtyla began his papacy under the name John Paul II. Just a few days later, on October 22, at his inaugural Mass, he urged the crowd in St. Peter’s … more
In the 19th century, the American Catholic hierarchy rejected various tenets of “lay trusteeism,” which sought to dismantle canonical models of parochial governance. Akin to their … more
One of the criticisms against those who oppose abortion is that such adherents largely ignore the needs of children and mothers after birth. Canards like this largely ignore widespread evidence to … more
Bill Donahue, the President of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, has a Ph.D. in sociology. As a trained sociologist, he’s often been critical of past surveys of Catholics, … more
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