Pope Francis http://ripr.org en Catholics Call On Bishop Tobin To Apologize For Mandela Statement http://ripr.org/post/catholics-call-bishop-tobin-apologize-mandela-statement <p>At ten o’clock Wednesday morning, a group of Catholics will converge on the&nbsp; office of Roman Catholic Bishop Thomas Tobin to demand an apology for comments he made about the late Nelson Mandela.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Nelson Mandela had been dead only two days when Bishop Thomas Tobin made a statement that has drawn criticism. He said that while Mandela did much to improve the lives of South Africans his legalization of abortion was, quote, “shameful.”</p> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 13:43:57 +0000 Flo Jonic 26461 at http://ripr.org Catholics Call On Bishop Tobin To Apologize For Mandela Statement Disabled RI Boy Kissed by Pope Francis http://ripr.org/post/disabled-ri-boy-kissed-pope-francis <p>The image of a Johnston, Rhode Island boy being cradled and kissed by Pope Francis has brought people around the world to tears. Now, his parents are speaking out about the extraordinary encounter.</p><p>It happened Easter morning after Mass. Among the thousands of people who thronged St. Peter’s Square to see newly installed Pope Francis, the pontiff chose to stop his Popemobile to hug eight-year-old Dominic Gondreau of Johnston.</p> Tue, 02 Apr 2013 19:59:05 +0000 Flo Jonic 12952 at http://ripr.org PC Professor Blogs Son’s Encounter with Pope Francis http://ripr.org/post/pc-professor-blogs-son-s-encounter-pope-francis <p>Providence College Professor Paul Gondreau says he was “moved to tears” as he watched his disabled son hugging the newly inaugurated Pope Francis. The encounter, following an Easter Mass, was recorded by photographers and later picked up by CNN and other news outlets.</p> Tue, 02 Apr 2013 13:17:22 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 12924 at http://ripr.org Congressman Langevin Witnesses Investiture of Pope Francis http://ripr.org/post/congressman-langevin-witnesses-investiture-pope-francis <p>Rhode Island Congressman Jim Langevin was among the 200,000 people who thronged Vatican City Tuesday for the installation mass of Pope Francis. The Catholic congressman called it one of the most meaningful and spiritual experiences of his life.</p><p>Langevin was part of a congressional delegation that represented the United States at the investiture of Pope Francis.&nbsp; The Rhode Island democrat says he was thrilled and honored to be there.</p> Tue, 19 Mar 2013 19:08:41 +0000 Flo Jonic 12201 at http://ripr.org Congressman Langevin Witnesses Investiture of Pope Francis