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Jesus began the very first Holy Week with a schedule and a goal. He didn’t begin the week by saying, “If I have some extra time during the next several days, I suppose … more
The world has been humbled by COVID-19.  What originally seemed like a virus local only to China is now a global pandemic. It’s serious, and, in light of Italy’s death toll, it makes … more
The Catholic faithful in the Diocese of Providence and throughout many dioceses of the United States have received unprecedented news this week: the suspension of all public Masses and other … more
Throughout the world people are stocking up on material essentials to prepare for the COVID-19 coronavirus. In addition to these efforts it is important to remember to make spiritual preparations. We … more
In a recently published document on the reciprocity between faith and the sacraments, the Vatican’s International Theological Commission (ITC) poses an admittedly controversial question: can … more
Mounting fears over the outbreak of COVID-19 (coronavirus) on U.S. soil have unleashed inordinate levels of hoarding among consumers. Basic necessities like bottled water, toilet paper, and hand … more
On Ash Wednesday, Pope Francis offered us some wise and practical advice for the season of Lent. He told us that during this holy season we should put down our cellphones and pick up our Bibles … more
Seven cities in the state of Texas have taken the courageous step of declaring themselves “sanctuary cities” for the unborn. The cities are Waskom, Naples, Joaquin, Tenaha, Rusk, Gary and … more
Sacrifice is a great part of Catholic Lenten practice. One of the most common questions during Lent is: “What are you giving up?” Abstaining from our favorite food or dessert is good. It … more
I remember visiting my grandmother’s home as a boy. Like many Catholics in her days, she had so many religious articles that her home was like a shrine. Statues, pictures, rosaries and other … more
Rhode Islanders have turned their attention recently to the question of the worthy reception of Holy Communion. Every Catholic must attend Mass on Sundays and holy days of obligation. Yet, a person … more
Pope Francis recently released his post-synodal apostolic exhortation “Querida Amazonia.” This document follows last October’s synod of bishops for the Pan-Amazon region. At the … more
R.I. state representative Carol McEntee (D-Dist. 33) recently excoriated Church leaders for seemingly ignoring the U.S. Constitution’s requirement of the separation of church and state. In … more
In many ways, this past week showcased the interminable partisanship and incivility at the heart of the nation. In a climate where national leaders refuse to speak to one another, or even shake each … more
Our God is so powerful that he can bring good even out of the worst tragedies of our lives. The death of former NBA star Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter and seven others in a helicopter crash … more
On Friday, January 24, Donald Trump became the first sitting United States president to attend and speak at the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. (Other pro-life presidents in the past have … more
Fixing our districts’ broken schools is a priority for everyone — from state legislators to parents and to all of us who serve in education. As taxpayers, too, we will willingly shoulder … more
Just recently Netflix released the movie, “The Two Popes.” This film depicts a fictional meeting between then Pope Benedict XVI and Cardinal Bergoglio. The movie frames the meeting, and … more
In a zero-sum game, if one gains, another loses. In a letter adopted on November 12, 2019, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops declared that the “threat of abortion” is the … more
For the few who watch, Hollywood award ceremonies ideally offer a retreat from partisan politics. In the days when a Catholic bishop could win an Emmy, these broadcasts once maintained an appropriate … more
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