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Francis Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan was a Catholic bishop in Saigon (now Ho Chi Minh City), who was imprisoned for his faith in 1975 by the Communist government of Vietnam. He spent the next 13 years of … more
What came first: Creation, or God’s covenants with the People of Israel and the New Israel, the Church? The question may seem odd, even silly. Chronologically, it’s obvious that the … more
Many worthy words of Jesus Christ have become part of daily conversations without the speaker even being aware of their sacred origin. References to turning the “other cheek” and going … more
WEST WARWICK — Father Richard A. Bucci, 76, pastor of Sacred Heart Parish, West Warwick, died on Friday, March 22, 2024. Born in Providence, he was the son of the late Armand and Mary (Corvese) … more
JAMESTOWN — Father Dennis A. Reardon, 78, Pastor Emeritus of All Saints Church and St. Charles Borromeo Church of Woonsocket, died March 21, 2024 at St. Clare Home. Born in Providence, he was a … more
VATICAN CITY — Only Jesus can deliver humanity from hatred and violence, Pope Francis said on Palm Sunday. “Jesus entered Jerusalem as a humble and peaceful king,” he said in brief … more
In Easter Sunday’s first reading, St. Peter is resolved that Jesus Christ was a good man. “He went about doing good,” the head of the apostolic band insists, “healing all … more
Twenty-four years ago this week, I was in Jerusalem to cover Pope John Paul II’s epic pilgrimage to the Holy Land for NBC. After going to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre to pray at the 11th … more
Most people don’t think in terms of Easter spirit. Yet the Easter season is a time that is filled with a spirit of joy and hope. During the 50 days between Easter Sunday and Pentecost Sunday, … more
PROVIDENCE — The annual Chrism Mass was celebrated on Tuesday, March 26, in the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul, with Bishop Richard G. Henning celebrating and with Portland Bishop-elect … more
  Local Catholics gathered for Palm Sunday Masses at parishes throughout the Diocese of Providence. Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week and commemorates the triumphant arrival of … more
Good Friday Walk planned through streets of Narragansett NARRAGANSETT — St. Thomas More Parish invites all parishioners and friends as the Cross is carried though the streets of Narragansett as … more
O God You “have conquered death and unlocked for us the path to eternity.” Thus we praise God in the opening prayer of the Mass for the solemnity of Easter. After our 40 days of Lent and … more
VATICAN CITY — Faced with decades of rising secularism, the Catholic Church must invest in families and in strengthening other forms of community to transmit the faith, Pope Francis said. … more
In the New Testament, the title used by the text for the Christian community was “the way,” or “the road.” The term Christian would come later and was first applied to the … more
Family-friendly Eucharistic Adoration WARREN — Saint Alexander Church, 221 Main St., will host a family-friendly period of Eucharistic Adoration on Tuesdays in Lent from 6-7 p.m., helping … more
PROVIDENCE — Welcoming even one soul into the Catholic Church is a cause for celebration, but this year, St. Charles Borromeo Parish in Providence will have abundant reasons to celebrate the … more
  The Catholic Athletic league hosted the championship games for the young athletes taking part in the diocesan event, held at courts throughout the state. The following teams won the … more
In the course of an insightful essay on Vladimir Putin’s challenge to civilization, Italian historian Roberto de Mattei, observed that, amidst the general decline of the West, “the … more
Five weeks ago, we stood in the church and received ashes. We were reminded of our mortality, our sinfulness and our need for penance and prayer. Those ashes were the remnant of Palm Sunday branches … more
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