No boring homilies, Pope tells new priests at ordination

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VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Ordaining 19 men to the priesthood, Pope Francis not only told them to make sure their homilies were not boring, but he offered them advice on how to ensure their preaching would touch people: speak from your heart.  More. By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service

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From Bishop Tobin: Good Shepherd Sunday

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On this Good Shepherd Sunday (the 4th Sunday of Easter), please pray for your priests, that they will always be faithful and joyful shepherds of God’s People. And pray for our seminarians and for many more vocations to the priesthood in the Diocese of Providence. “I will give you shepherds,” says the Lord. (Jer 3:15) […]

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Sun., 04.26.15: World Day of Prayer for Vocations

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This weekend the Church celebrates the 52nd World Day of Prayer for Vocations following the Lord’s call to “Pray the Lord of the harvest to send laborers into his harvest” (Mt 9:38; Lk 10:2). Let us pray daily that men will respond to God’s call to the priesthood in the Diocese of Providence. Pope Francis […]

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04.23.15: Diocese Names State Police Major Kevin M. O’Brien as the New Director of Compliance

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(PROVIDENCE, R.I.)-The Most Rev. Thomas J. Tobin, Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence, today announced the appointment Major Kevin M. O’Brien, a Rhode Island State Police Officer, as the new Director of Compliance. O’Brien comes to the diocese with more than 20 years of experience in law enforcement. He officially begins on June […]

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Finance Committee hears testimony on proposed education budget cuts

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PROVIDENCE — Several Catholic school parents and students offered their testimony last week before the House Finance Committee, which is considering Gov. Gina Raimondo’s proposed budget for the next fiscal year, one which seeks to eliminate funding for cross district busing and free textbooks on loan for students attending all non-public schools across the state. […]

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Diocese Offer of Proper Burial for Unborn Baby Still Stands

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The Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence remains in contact with authorities and stands ready to provide a proper Christian burial for the unborn baby whose body was found in an East Providence sewage facility in January. Authorities have explained that their investigation could take some time, but the diocese offer of providing a decent and […]

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Lawmakers consider assisted suicide bill

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PROVIDENCE — Although the bill before the General Assembly is called the “Compassionate Care Act,” those who are opposed to the legalization of Assisted Suicide in Rhode Island say the proposed legislation is anything but compassionate to those faced with a terminal illness. More. Rick Snizek, Editor, RI Catholic

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Bishop Tobin’s WITHOUT A DOUBT: Why I Don’t Use Email

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I was going to write about this topic anyhow, but the fact that I was accosted (in a friendly sort of way) by a nice lady after a recent parish event encouraged me to do so sooner, rather than later. The topic – using email.  More.  

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Share Easter joy, defend persecuted Christians, pope says

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VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Christians live the joy of the Resurrection when they share a smile with someone, weep with those who mourn and defend the rights of those persecuted for their faith, Pope Francis said. More. By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service

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RI CATHOLIC EDITORIAL: Seeking justice for persecuted Christians

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Islamic Jihadis butchered 147 Christian students in Kenya. In recent weeks, the Islamic State known as the ISIS militant group proudly released a video showing that 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians in Libya were beheaded by their hands. On Easter Sunday, Christian churches were bombed in Syria and Egypt. ISIS has now declared that it is […]

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