For Year of Mercy, pope extends possibilities for absolution

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By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service/CNS Photo – Ettore Ferrari, EPA VATICAN CITY (CNS) — In an extraordinary gesture for the Year of Mercy, Pope Francis has extended to priests worldwide the authority to absolve women for the sin of abortion and has decreed the full validity during the year of the sacrament of confession […]

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Rest in Peace Archbishop George H. Pearce

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The Most Reverend George H. Pearce, SM, 94, Archbishop Emeritus of the Archdiocese of Suva (Fiji Islands) died on Sunday, August 30, 2015. He was a member of the Society of Mary. Born in Boston, Massachusetts, son of the late George H. and Marie L. (Duval) Pearce, Sr., he attended St. Columbkille School in Brighton, […]

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09.01.15: World Day of Prayer for Care of Creation

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Pope Francis has named September 1 the World Day of Prayer for Care of Creation. All of us, both those who most contribute to climate change and those whom it most affects, pray today for better stewardship of the Earth. Learn more. View: Fr Cantalamessa: homily for World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation […]

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Success of religious education depends on parents, parish leaders say

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By Carol Zimmermann Catholic News Service/CNS photo by Nancy Wiechec WASHINGTON (CNS) — Just as one Catholic school does not reflect all of them, there isn’t one religious education program Pope Francis could visit while he is in the United States that would represent the variety of faith formation programs in churches across the country. […]

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Family prayer time can start with small, simple gestures, pope says

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By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service / CNS photo by Ettore Ferrari, EPA VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Parents who juggle packed work and family schedules deserve a Nobel Prize in mathematics for doing something not even the most brilliant scientists can do: They pack 48 hours of activity into 24, Pope Francis said. “I don’t […]

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Rest in Peace Father Lionel A. Blain

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The Reverend Lionel A. Blain, 85, pastor emeritus of St. Joseph Church, Woonsocket, Rhode Island, died on Saturday, August 22, 2015. Born in Woonsocket, he was the son of the late George and Marie-Rose (Auger) Blain, and attended St. Aloysius and Holy Family schools in Woonsocket. In preparation for the priesthood, he studied at Our […]

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Pope urges visitors to really get to know Jesus by reading Gospels

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By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service / CNS photo by Martina Cristofani, EPA VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis asked thousands of people gathered in St. Peter’s Square to be quiet for a moment and ponder the question, “Who is Jesus to you?” After the moment of silence Aug. 23, the pope introduced the midday […]

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New pastoral planning committee to examine future of diocese

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PROVIDENCE — Bishop Thomas J. Tobin has announced the appointment of 15 individuals to the Diocesan Pastoral Planning Committee. More. By Laura Kilgus, Assistant Editor< RI Catholic  

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From Bishop Tobin: Planned Parenthood Protest

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I was honored to speak at the Planned Parenthood protest in Providence on Saturday. A large, peaceful and prayerful crowd attended. I prayed: “Heavenly Father, we ask your protection for our unborn brothers and sisters. We pray that mothers and fathers will cherish the life of their children, even in difficult circumstances. We pray that […]

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From Bishop Tobin: Five Thoughts About Planned Parenthood

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As we are about to participate in the “National Day of Protest” against Planned Parenthood here in Providence, five thoughts come to mind: • As I see or hear about the videos revealing the hideous practices of Planned Parenthood, my emotions are a combination of repulsion, anger and profound sadness. • I wonder if the […]

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