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One of the diocese’s new seminarians visited the Rhode Island Catholic offices recently to have his official photo taken. He chatted amiably with us for several minutes before getting up to … more
The American poet Ralph Waldo Emerson once said: “A person will worship something, have no doubt about that.” Emerson’s quote points to the human need for worship and religion. In … more
On June 30, 2020, the Supreme Court ruled in Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue that parents can receive aid from the government even if they send their children to a private school. This … more
Just as the nation began reopening sectors of civic life, cases of COVID-19 surged exponentially. Notwithstanding the few places decreasing in numbers, no government has yet provided the long-awaited … more
Civic traditions of fireworks and celebratory music before national landmarks remind us to celebrate the birth of these United States every July 4. This year’s celebrations were muted with a … more
In this coming Sunday’s gospel reading Jesus reminds us of the importance of showing respect, courtesy and hospitality toward other believers. He also reminds us that those who do so will be … more
It was announced last week that on October 10 of this year, Carlo Acutis, who died from leukemia in 2006 at the tender age of 15, will be beatified. His life here on earth was far too short, but it … more
In the wake of the killing of George Floyd, protesters and government leaders want to reform the police. Legitimate and thoughtful reform of any organization may be necessary, given the possibility … more
For several weeks government leaders and experts have cautioned that gatherings of large groups of people was dangerous. As a result, businesses, restaurants, and places of worship have been closed … more
The Roman jurist Ulpian ostensibly offered the first definition of justice in the West. Justice, he wrote, is the perpetual will to render to each person his due. But for the Christian, the natural … more
The Diocese of Providence rejoices as it receives a newly ordained priest this weekend. In trying and unchartered times, the ordination of a new priest brings much needed hope to the people of this … more
Four years ago, Bishop Tobin wrote the following: “There’s a cloud that hangs over Confirmation these days —an elephant in the room if you will, and that’s the reality that a … more
Daniel Lipinski is an eight-term Democratic Congressman from the state of Illinois. He’s also a pro-life Catholic.  In an interview he gave a few weeks ago with the Catholic News Agency, … more
On the eve of the Feast of the Ascension of Jesus Christ Catholics across the diocese received the good news that they had long been waiting to hear: churches will soon begin to offer public Masses … more
On Monday, May 25, the nation will pause to honor and mourn the men and women who have died while serving their country in the United States military. While many people may confuse Memorial Day with … more
In May 1917, the world was in turmoil. For three years war devastated Europe with no end in sight. While people were dying from war, the Spanish flu was beginning to spread. The virus would last for … more
The Fathers of the Church described Confession metaphorically as the “second plank after the shipwreck of sin.” To be forgiven in Confession a person must have contrition for his sins. … more
State restrictions on the gathering of persons during the coronavirus crisis has unleashed a deluge of criticism. Touting first amendment rights to freedom of religion and assembly, Christian voices … more
On May 1, Bishop Thomas J. Tobin joined American Bishops in reconsecrating the United States and Canada to Mary, Mother of the Church in an act of humble surrender to her heavenly aid. The bishops … more
We’ve experienced many changes in our lives since the beginning of March. The coronavirus crisis has negatively affected everything from our ability to work to our ability to worship in our … more
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