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11.21.14: From Bishop Tobin – Statement on President Obama’s Executive Order on Immigration

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For many years the Catholic Bishops of the United States have urged legislative action on comprehensive immigration reform in our nation. While the merits of President Obama’s Executive Order will be and should be debated, it is important that the immigrants and refugees in question not be treated as pawns in the midst of the […]

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Catholic Campaign for Human Development Awards Over $12 Million in Grants to Antipoverty, Human Life and Dignity Projects

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WASHINGTON— The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) annual collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) will be taken up in parishes nationwide on November 22-23, the weekend before Thanksgiving. Echoing the teaching of Pope Francis, the collection focuses on the theme: “CCHD: Working on the Margins.” Learn more about this collection. List of CCHD […]

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11.21.14: Statement of the Diocese of Providence Relative to the Arrest of Rev. Barry Meehan

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The Diocese of Providence has learned that Father Barry Meehan has been arrested and charged with first degree sexual assault. The Diocese of Providence removed Father Meehan from all priestly ministry in January 2013 after credible allegations of sexual misconduct with minors were received. The allegations were also forwarded to law enforcement officials at that […]

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NCR: Pope Francis: Children Have Right to a Mother and Father

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VATICAN CITY — Children have the right to be raised by a mother and a father, Pope Francis said, emphasizing that “the family is the foundation of coexistence and a remedy against social fragmentation.”  More. (By Ann Schneible/CNA/EWTN NEWS) (Photo: Pope Francis delivers his opening address Nov. 17 at the Humanum conference currently under way […]

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CNA: Pope Francis blasts abortion, euthanasia as ‘sins against God’

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Vatican City, Nov 15, 2014 / 07:53 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has told a group of Catholic doctors that “playing with life” in ways like abortion and euthanasia is sinful, and he stressed that each human life, no matter the condition, is sacred.  More. (By Elise Harris, Catholic News Agency) (Photo: Pope Francis greets […]

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Bishop Tobin’s WITHOUT A DOUBT: It is Good and Holy to Remember the Church

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“We have often noted that we do not become a Christian on our own, but by being born and nurtured in the faith in the midst of the People of God, that is the Church. She is a true mother who gives us life in Christ.” (Pope Francis) It seems to me that the words […]

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Year of Consecrated Life aims to ‘Wake up the World’

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PROVIDENCE — With Pope Francis proclaiming 2015 to be the Year of Consecrated Life, with a theme “Wake Up the World,” the diocese has announced that a Prayer Service will be held to recognize those who have professed to lead lives of chastity, poverty and obedience within a permanent state of life recognized by the […]

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‘Keep the Heat On’ begins 10th season warming homes of Rhode Islanders in need

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Bishop Tobin’s fuel assistance program has provided more than $1.5 million in aid to those in need across the diocese NORTH SMITHFIELD — While winter is looming, Bishop Thomas J. Tobin is warming hearts — and homes — across the Ocean State.  More. (By Jessica A. Botelho, RI Catholic Staff Reporter)

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11.12.14: Outspoken RI Bishop Tobin: ‘I don’t use a lot of filters’ (cruxnow.com)

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BALTIMORE — Days before this month’s midterm elections, Providence Bishop Thomas Tobin suggested that Rhode Island Catholics not vote for either Democratic or Republican gubernatorial candidate because they both favored abortion rights — “a pathetic spectacle.” Write in the name of Mother Teresa instead, he said. As the Synod of Bishops on the Family wrapped […]

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From Bishop Tobin: WITHOUT A DOUBT – What to Wear: Purple, White or Black?

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In the Church today there are a number of issues, often liturgical in nature, that are commonly used to define conservatives and liberals.  More.

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