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Once upon a time, before the Cuisinart of advanced educational thinking reduced history, geography, and civics to the tasteless gruel of “social studies,” humanity’s story was … more
A child with severe physical challenges was found on the steps of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris sometime during the Middle Ages. The passers-by who noticed him were quite taken-aback by the little … more
CRANSTON — “The Lord is truly risen. Alleluia.” It was with these words that Bishop Richard G. Henning began Easter morning Mass for two dozen inmates at the Rhode Island Adult … more
The summit of the Liturgical Year is the Easter Triduum — from the evening of Holy Thursday to Easter Sunday. This photo showcase is a glimpse of the spirit of this most Holy Week for Catholics … more
Knights to host Portuguese BreakfastNORTH KINGSTOWN — The Knights of Columbus will hold a Portuguese Breakfast at the Council Hall, 1265 Tower Hill Road, North Kingstown, on Sunday, April 16, … more
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — On a bright spring morning, Pope Francis prayed that Christians would experience the joy of Easter and allow Christ’s resurrection to be “the light that … more
VATICAN CITY — The unborn, migrants, the elderly and the disabled are “living icons” of Jesus that call Christians to draw close to those who feel abandoned just as Christ did on … more
FALL RIVER, Mass. — Sister Roberta O’Connell, FCJ, passed away peacefully on March 31 at Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River, Massachusetts, after a brief illness. The daughter of … more
CRANSTON — Irene (Box) Ruscito, 89, of Cranston, passed away peacefully with her family at her side Thursday evening, March 23, 2023. She was the loving wife of the late Alphonse A. Ruscito for … more
This coming Sunday, Catholic churches all over the world will be filled with worshipers proclaiming their faith in the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. That’s wonderful. But many of them — … more
A recent poll of U.S. residents, taken in March by the nonpartisan National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago, has yielded some distressing and ominous results. According to the … more
In the first chapter of Profiles in Courage, John F. Kennedy quoted an exasperated Congressman, John Steven McGroarty, who wrote an irritating constituent in these neatly acerbic terms: “One of … more
An ancient mausoleum lies within the heart of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. Although only a flight of stairs away from the enshrined tip of Mount Calvary, the age-old tomb is … more
TO THE EDITOR: Soon we will be celebrating the Easter Season. With diminishing Christian adherents the public display of the holiday may only be noted inside Christian churches. The past years … more
TO THE EDITOR: On February 21, Pax Christi International (PCI) issued a report marking the very troubling one-year anniversary of Russia’s brutal invasion of and war of aggression against … more
Local Catholics gathered for Palm Sunday Masses at parishes throughout the Diocese of Providence. Pictured at top, Bishop Thomas J. Tobin celebrated Holy Mass for Palm Sunday of the Passion of … more
NORTH KINGSTOWN — When devout Ukrainian women begin to decorate Pysanky, Ukrainian Easter eggs, they make the sign of the cross and whisper, “God help me!” They do this to assure … more
PC announces Rodney K. Delasanta LecturePROVIDENCE — Jessica Hooten Wilson, Ph.D., will be the speaker for this year’s 2023 Rodney K. Delasanta Lecture to be held on Thursday, April 13, … more
An authentic celebration of Easter, the Resurrection of Christ, is such a world-changing, life-changing event that it should inspire in us a tidal wave of emotion, and the growth of important … more
Dear Brothers and Sisters in the Diocese of Providence: A blessed and happy Easter to you! We recall that when the holy Apostles and the devout women went to the tomb on Easter morning, they … more
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