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Two weeks ago, the President of the United States declared the following: “By virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, [I] do hereby proclaim June 2014 as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month.” more
Before he ascended into heaven, Jesus issued his last commandment and great commission to the Apostles: “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the … more
With February comes Girl Scout cookie season. Concurrently comes the annual call for boycotts due to an alleged association with Planned Parenthood. The Rhode Island Council has vehemently and publicly denied any affiliation with Planned Parenthood as has the national organization and there is no evidence to the contrary. While it may be true that the self-governing nature of councils in other states has allowed them to developed relationships with Planned Parenthood, the national organization and the Rhode Island Council have not. more
This month marks the official retirement from pastoral assignments of several long-serving and faithful priests of our diocese. Msgr. Richard Sheehan, Father Richard Friedrichs, Father Richard Desaulniers, Father Louis Natalizia and Father David Stokes will officially retire from pastoral assignments this year. All have served faithfully in diocesan and parish assignments, some for as many as four decades. The church of Providence is grateful to God for their priestly service. Only in Heaven will the fruits of their labors be known. more
Beginning on October 2 —Respect Life Sunday—Catholics across the nation will join to witness to the inherent equality and transcendent value of every human being as they observe Respect Life Month, an annual tradition now in its fortieth year. more
Newly released U.S. Census figures indicate that the poverty rate has risen to 15.7 percent from 15.1 percent in 2010. This is the highest poverty rate since 1965 as now more than 46 million Americans live in poverty. As unemployment grows across the nation, poverty especially among children, continues to grow at a rapid pace. more
Well before last’s week’s Thanksgiving Day holiday, America began to cover itself with Christmas trees, lights, wreaths and all the trimmings of the season. more
Billions of people around the world watched the opening ceremonies of the XXII Winter Olympics from Sochi, Russia, billed to be a tribute to the tradition of the Olympics as well as a depiction of Russian history and culture. There is no way to measure all that the artists, dancers, composers and authors have contributed to the culture of the planet’s largest territorial nation, and through them, to the world. more
Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen gave many retreats to priests over the course of the years and even today his voice continues to move men to consider a vocation. In one of his many talks reflecting upon … more
The recent attack on the food chain Chick-fil-A in retribution for the company’s president expressing support for traditional marriage should cause all Americans pause. more
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