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Atop the Via Veneto in Rome sits one of the strangest – and most macabre – displays of baroque architecture dating to the 17th century. The aptly named “bone church,” or … more
Sunday, Dec. 3, 2023, marks the beginning of the Advent season, which lasts until Christmas Eve!  The first Sunday of Advent is when the liturgical year begins and is a time when we prepare and … more
When the Roman rite first transitioned from Latin into English, the most popular acclamation proclaiming the profound mystery of faith that had just occurred at the consecration was certainly … more
Whether there for the Festival of lights, Holy Mass or music, Christmastime at National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette is sure to delight visitors of any age. This year’s theme, … more
When I succeeded Bishop Tobin as the Bishop of Providence on May 1, I also became the publisher of the Rhode Island Catholic. As I said then, I feel blessed that this venerable, nearly 150-year-old … more
WARWICK — Rev. Msgr. Nicholas J. Iacovacci, 97, Pastor Emeritus of St. Ann Parish, Providence, passed away Thursday, November 23, 2023, at the Jeanne Jugan Residence in Pawtucket. Born in … more
Bishop Richard G. Henning kicked off the Diocese of Providence's 2023 "Keep the Heat On" campaign on Nov. 28 at Christ the King Parish in Kingston, where the pastor, Father Jared Costanza, presented … more
VATICAN CITY — The daily rhythm of the life of a priest should resemble “ping pong” — praying on one’s knees before the tabernacle, helping those in need and returning … more
Bishop Hendricken High School defeated North Kingstown High School on Sunday, Nov. 19, in the Division 1 State Championship football game with a final score of 35-7. This was a close game … more
Just over Rhode Island’s border, students from St. Mary-Sacred Heart School in Attleboro, Massachusetts are giving back to St. Edward’s Food Pantry at St. Anthony Church in the Diocese of … more
In business, education, politics and sports we crave and seek success. With success comes fame, prosperity, power. The successful set the standard and they bask in the glory. Do people remember the … more
When was the first Thanksgiving, and where was it celebrated? Ask any fifth- or sixth-grader that question, and he or she will probably respond by saying, “1621, in Plymouth, … more
“As we enter Heaven, we will see them, so many of them, coming toward us and thanking us. We will ask who they are, and they will say: ‘A poor soul you prayed for in … more
  Most of us were toddlers when we learned to say “please” and “thank you.” We were a little older when we fell into the habit of asking, begging, nagging, … more
St. Agnes Church Christmas Star Festival PROVIDENCE — St. Agnes Church, 351 Branch Avenue, Providence will hold its annual Christmas Star Festival in the church hall on Saturday, Nov. 25 from 9 … more
TEL AVIV, Israel — It’s a nightmare scenario that no parent would ever want to experience. Two weeks after five members of her family were taken captive by Hamas militants on Oct. 7, … more
ASHKELON, Israel — Driving south from Jerusalem toward the border of the Gaza Strip, I wondered how long it would be before the Red Alert app that I had downloaded to my phone on my arrival in … more
COUNCIL OF PRIESTS Bishop Henning has appointed the following priests to serve as members of the Diocesan Council of Priests for a new three-year term which began on September 1, 2023: Reverend … more
When I was a small child, my mother would walk my siblings and me down to early Mass at the parish on Thanksgiving Day. In those early years, the daily Mass had the usual crowd. Over the years, that … more
Collection for our Retired Religious PROVIDENCE — Please give to those who have given a lifetime. The Retirement Fund for Religious, held annually each December, provides support for thousands … more
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