Bishop Thomas Tobin

Catherine Welch / RIPR

At ten o’clock Wednesday morning, a group of Catholics will converge on the  office of Roman Catholic Bishop Thomas Tobin to demand an apology for comments he made about the late Nelson Mandela.

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.”

Cranston estate planner Joseph Caramadre will be sentenced Monday morning for his role in a scheme that bilked terminally ill people of 46-million dollars.

Prosecutors will ask that he be locked up for ten years.

Caramadre and an associate pleaded guilty last year to fraud and conspiracy.  Federal prosecutors say Caramadre was the mastermind behind an investment strategy in which he stole the identities of terminally ill people.  He illegally used that information to purchase bonds and annuities that would pay out when the person died.  

Providence Diocese

Bishop Thomas Tobin, the leader of the Roman Catholic Church in Rhode Island, has issued a statement critical of the late Nelson Mandela.

Mandela died last week after a prolonged battle with a lung infection. He was 95.

In a statement, Tobin said there is much to admire about the South African leader, particularly his personal courage and stalwart defense of human rights.

But Tobin takes issue with Mandela’s support of abortion rights.  Tobin said this aspect of Mandela’s life is, “not at all praiseworthy.”

Carolyn Cronin, a veteran radio reporter and news anchor at WPRO, has been appointed to lead external and internal communications for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence, Rev. Bishop Thomas J. Tobin announced in a statement released today.

``The Diocese of Providence is excited to announce Carolyn Cronin as its next communications director to lead a critical department in Diocesan administration,’’ said Bishop Tobin. ``Carolyn Cronin’s many years as a news anchor and reporter will strengthen Diocesan evangelization and catechisms.

Once again the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence is reaching out to help Rhode Islanders who can’t pay their heating bills this winter.

With overnight temperatures dipping into the 30’s, Catholic Bishop Thomas Tobin has announced the ‘Keep the Heat’ program on for an eighth year.  The program provides heating assistance to Rhode Islanders who have exhausted all other public and private forms of heating assistance.

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