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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Officials of the Nashville Diocese called news of a morning mass shooting and loss of life at a private Christian school in the city heartbreaking and “deeply sad and … more
PROVIDENCE — On Tuesday, March 21, the Rhode Island Senate Judiciary Committee met to discuss SB0617, known as the Solitary Confinement Reform Act. Proposed in the Senate on March 7, the bill … more
At his own initiative, and with the support of the Diocese of Providence, Father George K. Nixon has petitioned for and has received a dispensation from all obligations associated with the sacred … more
WARWICK — Michael J. Gaffney, 73, passed away on March 18, 2023, surrounded by his loving family. He was the beloved husband of Deborah (Masson) Gaffney for 52 years. He was born in Providence, … more
WOONSOCKET — Father Charles P. Quinn, 82, pastor emeritus of St. Eugene Parish in Chepachet, died Wednesday, March 22, 2023, at Landmark Medical Center in Woonsocket. Born in Providence, Rhode … more
PROVIDENCE — Father Daniel Lapolla, C.S., died on January 5, 2023. He was born in Putnam, Connecticut, on September 26, 1942, the son of Daniel Lapolla and Helen M. Lapolla (nee Tinkham). As a … more
There’s a reason it’s called “Holy Week” and that’s because in these days we will enter into the deepest mysteries of the Christian Faith. In this week we will observe … more
Updated Cemetery Mass for Holy Week PAWTUCKET — A Mass for Holy Week has been updated by the Office of Catholic Cemeteries. Mass will be celebrated for Saint Francis Cemetery on Wednesday, … more
BURRILLVILLE — Before the birth of her grandson, Beverly Munyon prayed for a healthy child, never imagining the difficulties in store for their family when that prayer did not come true. When … more
PROVIDENCE — Silvio Cuellar, who has served in the Diocese of Providence for nearly 25 years as the longtime editor of El Catolico de Rhode Island, the Spanish language version of Rhode Island … more
 The Catholic Athletic League hosted the 2023 basketball championship over the weekends of March 11 - 12 and March 18-19 at area Catholic high schools. Hundreds of young athletes took part in … more
“Those that can give up essential liberty to gain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety” (Benjamin Franklin). This was said by one of America’s founding … more
How do we determine that someone has died? The Uniform Determination of Death Act (UDDA), which has been an important part of the medical and legal landscape in the U.S. for more than 40 years, … more
St. Cyprian was born into a rich pagan Carthaginian family in North Africa, probably about the year 200 A.D. Before his conversion, he was a leading member of a legal fraternity in Carthage and a … more
TO THE EDITOR: Political consultant Kate Coyne-McCoy wrote in a recent Boston Globe commentary, “To ease suffering for terminally ill patients, Rhode Island should legalize medically … more
TO THE EDITOR: In March 1996, an overwhelming majority of Rhode Island legislators voted to ban physician assisted suicide (PAS). Only one senator voted in favor of it. Yet today, “right … more
TO THE EDITOR: On Wednesday, March 22, “Lila Manfield-Sapinsley Compassionate Care Act” (HB 5210) was considered in the state Legislature. Many will attempt to influence you and … more
ROME (CNS) -- After spending the night in the hospital, Pope Francis is "steadily improving" from a respiratory infection and continuing his planned course of treatment, the Vatican press office … more
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis went to Rome's Gemelli hospital March 29 for "some previously planned tests," the Vatican press office said, providing no further details. However, a Vatican … more
PROVIDENCE — The House Judiciary Committee met on Thursday, March 16, to discuss R.I. House Bill No. 5510, sponsored by State Representative Carol Hagan McEntee (District 33-Narragansett, South … more
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