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The local mosque in nearby North Smithfield sponsored an open house for northern Rhode Island as a gesture of friendship toward the Islamic community’s neighbors in the Blackstone Valley. St. James … more
Years ago someone asked my father what his favorite verses from the Bible were. He quickly responded, “The Twenty-third Psalm.” I was stunned that my father came up with an answer at all and even … more
Columnist Joseph Pronechen writing for the National Catholic Register has compiled some interesting data on the three Fatima children whose meetings with the virgin Mary will be commemorated by a … more
Pope St. John Paul II instructed that the Second Sunday of Easter be observed each year as Mercy Sunday, completing a novena of mercy that begins on Good Friday and then continues through the octave … more
Early in his celebrated Spiritual Exercises St. Ignatius Loyola stresses the profound necessity of Christian believers making a choice. The founder of the Society of Jesus envisioned a clear choice … more
St. James Church in Manville is a stately Romanesque building that happily has not lost any of the dignity and solemnity intended by its original builders. The bright stained glass windows … more
The shortest verse in Scripture is found in this coming Sunday’s Gospel passage about the resurrection of Lazarus. When Jesus arrived nearby the gravesite, the people of Bethany bid Jesus to come … more
C. S. Lewis was the consoling voice of the BBC on Sunday evenings during London’s dreaded blitz during the Second World War. His sensible, basic, wartime religious themes are found today in his still popular book, Mere Christianity. Lewis also penned the lighter “The Screw Tape Letters” in which the devil guides a novice demon through the steps of effective temptation. The Oxford professor also wrote “The Chronicles of Narnia,” with a sort of early Harry Potter theme, made into a movie in 2005. As an insightful Christian, Professor Lewis once astutely and shrewdly observed that religion is ten percent faith and ninety percent culture. The history of the past half century more than confirms this insight. more
In the opening lines of Laudato Si’, Pope Francis’ recent encyclical on the environment, he liberally quotes his predecessors in the Chair of Peter to illustrate that care for our common home — and the persons who live in it — has long been a Papal concern. more
For many years the prison ministry at the Adult Correctional Institution in Cranston was administered by the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart, priests and brothers who were stationed at St. Joseph Church in West Warwick and at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Warwick. more
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