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SOUTH KINGSTOWN – The Rhode Island Board of Regents will decide this week whether or not to accept the Department of Education's proposed changes to special education regulations or craft their own compromise of regulations. more
PROVIDENCE – HIV and AIDS have heavily impacted the African continent leaving more than 1.5 million orphans in Kenya alone, where hundreds of thousands of young teens have been left with the responsibility of raising younger siblings and caring for aging grandparents. more
Winter crippled Rhode Island last Thursday with an unexpected blast that stranded people and left them wondering, “Who’s in charge?” more
PAWTUCKET – Amanda DeCesare says she was thrilled to learn that her original artwork has been selected from among hundreds of student offerings to bear the personal Christmas message of Bishop Thomas J. Tobin this year. more
JOHNSTON – A group of talented bakers at St. Brigid Parish were busily measuring out ingredients and patiently rolling out huge balls of sticky dough last week as they prepared for one of the parish’s most successful fundraisers – the annual Christmas Cookie Sale. more
The great 19th century American poet, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, wrote the poem "Christmas Bells" on Christmas day of 1864 in the midst of the American Civil War and in response to the news that his son Charles had been seriously wounded in battle. Amidst his despair, which he recorded in his personal journal, is found the poem which testifies to a sense of hope found in the celebration of Christmas. more
PROVIDENCE – “What do you want to be when you grow up?” The question is a classic, but for children in middle school its answer is usually an abstract concept. What does being a police officer or judge or shop owner really entail? And, what does it mean to work for a paycheck and pay bills? more
PROVIDENCE – On December 12 the Cathedral of SS. Peter and Paul, seat of the Diocese of Providence, was filled with joyful songs and colorful clothes as Hispanics from every corner of the state along with many faithful from different cultures gathered to honor Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patron of the Americas. Before Mass, Hispanic Youths, lead a Rosary for Life. This was the first official activity of the new Hispanic Pro-Life club for youth. more
After 20 centuries of Christianity, the edge has been somewhat taken off St. Matthew’s insightful designation for Jesus Christ: “... and his name shall be called Emmanuel, which is God with us.” The reader should also note that this description of the nearness of God through Christ neatly concludes St. Matthew’s Gospel as well. The ascending Jesus Christ proclaims to his puzzled Apostles: “Behold I am with you always until the end of the age.” So the nearness of God, the presence of God, the closeness of God to his people through Christ is fundamental to the Gospel message. more
CUMBERLAND — A elderly man recently said that without the assistance provided by Bishop Thomas J. Tobin’s “Keep the Heat On” campaign, he would have been forced to continue sleeping in the cold. more
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