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In the wake of the killing of George Floyd, protesters and government leaders want to reform the police. Legitimate and thoughtful reform of any organization may be necessary, given the possibility … more
For several weeks government leaders and experts have cautioned that gatherings of large groups of people was dangerous. As a result, businesses, restaurants, and places of worship have been closed … more
The Roman jurist Ulpian ostensibly offered the first definition of justice in the West. Justice, he wrote, is the perpetual will to render to each person his due. But for the Christian, the natural … more
The Diocese of Providence rejoices as it receives a newly ordained priest this weekend. In trying and unchartered times, the ordination of a new priest brings much needed hope to the people of this … more
Four years ago, Bishop Tobin wrote the following: “There’s a cloud that hangs over Confirmation these days —an elephant in the room if you will, and that’s the reality that a … more
Daniel Lipinski is an eight-term Democratic Congressman from the state of Illinois. He’s also a pro-life Catholic.  In an interview he gave a few weeks ago with the Catholic News Agency, … more
On the eve of the Feast of the Ascension of Jesus Christ Catholics across the diocese received the good news that they had long been waiting to hear: churches will soon begin to offer public Masses … more
On Monday, May 25, the nation will pause to honor and mourn the men and women who have died while serving their country in the United States military. While many people may confuse Memorial Day with … more
In May 1917, the world was in turmoil. For three years war devastated Europe with no end in sight. While people were dying from war, the Spanish flu was beginning to spread. The virus would last for … more
The Fathers of the Church described Confession metaphorically as the “second plank after the shipwreck of sin.” To be forgiven in Confession a person must have contrition for his sins. … more
State restrictions on the gathering of persons during the coronavirus crisis has unleashed a deluge of criticism. Touting first amendment rights to freedom of religion and assembly, Christian voices … more
On May 1, Bishop Thomas J. Tobin joined American Bishops in reconsecrating the United States and Canada to Mary, Mother of the Church in an act of humble surrender to her heavenly aid. The bishops … more
We’ve experienced many changes in our lives since the beginning of March. The coronavirus crisis has negatively affected everything from our ability to work to our ability to worship in our … more
This weekend the Church celebrates the Fourth Sunday of Easter, commonly referred to as “Good Shepherd Sunday.” Our gospel reading is from John 10, the chapter in which Jesus refers to … more
Five weeks ago, Rhode Island Catholic, for the time being, published its last print edition. That week, as the COVID-19 pandemic prompted growing directives to citizens across the country to stay at … more
In these past weeks we have experienced radical changes to our lives. Yet, during so much change, the most important truth for our lives remains unchanged. The Greatest Story ever … more
People often ask, “How can we encourage more people to care about God?” The solution is simple: love Jesus in the Eucharist more. For several weeks the Catholic faithful have … more
Given all the terrible facets of a global pandemic, the stories of heroes on the front lines continue to provide much-needed hope. Health-care workers, doctors, nurses, and priests providing the … more
During the most sacred time in the Church’s calendar, millions of Catholics will watch Mass from home this year due to the pandemic engulfing the globe. Yearning for the Eucharist, they must … more
All over the world, people are concerned about the coronavirus — and rightly so. Any threat to the physical health of so many needs to be taken very seriously. And for the most part it has … more
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