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The season of Advent, the time of anticipation and hope before Christmas. Mary teaches us that a spirituality of waiting is hopeful, daring to see beyond our own imagination. more
PROVIDENCE — Ensemble Altera, the Providence-based, award-winning classical choral group, will perform a winter program, “We Watch and Welcome, Feminine Voices at Christmas” on … more
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Nativity scene in St. Peter’s Square this year will have a distinctly Indigenous, Andean look with the centerpiece being a “Hilipuska” baby Jesus, … more
The confirmation class at St. Joseph Parish, Cumberland, collected new coats for Children’s Friend, a Rhode Island organization that supports at risk children. The Lincoln Council Knights of … more
Vatican correspondent Francis X. Rocca misleads readers of The Wall Street Journal that the U.S. bishops eschewed controversy by neglecting to barr pro-abortion Catholic politicians from receiving … more
The United States Supreme Court has long forbidden cameras in its own courtroom during trial. Justices with diverse jurisprudential ideologies, from Clarence Thomas to Anthony Kennedy, equate … more
Bolzano is an Italian Alpine city not far at all from the Austrian border. A recent tour of northern Italy meant Saturday night in this mountain climbers’ and ski enthusiasts’ favored … more
Waiting has always been a central theme of Advent. But who is it we wait for? The Messiah?Is Our Lord Jesus not already here?Before his death in 1968, Trappist monk Father Thomas Merton — in … more
PROVIDENCE —To know Deacon Steven Raymond is to love Deacon Steven Raymond. An integral part of the fabric that makes St. Patrick Academy the warm and welcoming home it is, Deacon Raymond has … more
In the very near future, the United States Supreme Court will begin hearing a case that challenges the constitutionality of a 2018 Mississippi law which bans abortion after 15 weeks. Katherine … more
PROVIDENCE — Kristen Costa, 35, is a supermom. She’s caring for her two children, navigating work, motherhood and her own personal health concerns — in a pandemic no less. The … more
WASHINGTON — The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is urging the faithful to help ensure the Build Back Better Act does not effectively exclude Catholic schools from child care and … more
You’ll notice that our front page looks a little different this week. The yellow Post-It note at the top is designed to call your attention to a special envelope inserted into this edition … more
COVENTRY — Father John J. Duggan, 89, Priest of the Diocese of Ossory, Ireland, and longtime priest-in-residence at Saints John and Paul Parish, Coventry, passed away at the rectory on … more
One of the most intriguing incidents in the early ministry of Jesus involved the cleansing of a leper. The Gospel of Mark (1: 40-45) records that a man with leprosy approached Jesus, knelt before … more
The Diocese of Providence welcomed Bishop Robert Reed to the annual Convocation of Priests in historic Newport, held November 8-10, at the Gurney’s Conference Center. During his visi, Bishop … more
Children’s New Coat and Toy DriveCENTRAL FALLS — A children’s new toy and new coat drive will be held at St. Joseph’s Church, 391 High St., until Nov. 21. All donations from … more
Several years ago, two college professors — Dr. Robert Emmons of the University of California, and Dr. Michael McCullough of the University of Miami — did some research on the benefits of … more
One of the first victims of the renovations that occurred in Catholic Churches after the Second Vatican Council was the altar rail. Today most new churches are built without any consideration for an … more
Growing up in the Northeast, November was punctuated with traditional Thanksgiving observances. How well I remember the pilgrim and Native American costumes my mother made for my sisters and me to … more
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