Diocese of Providence

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A proposal to cut 40 percent of the pension benefits for all current and former employees of St. Joseph Health Services of Rhode Island is off the table – at least for now.

After President Donald Trump promised a crackdown on undocumented immigrants, many expressed a fear of leaving their house, going to work, or shopping. But some local Catholic Churches are seeing an uptick in attendance at their Spanish language masses as Latinos turn to the church for support.

To call St. John the Baptist Church in Pawtucket anything but grand would be an understatement. The church was established in the late 1800’s for the city’s French-Canadian Catholics. Painted above a statue of the Virgin Mary are the words Mere de Dieu, or “Mother of God” in French.

Providence Diocese

The young mayor of Rhode Island's smallest city, James Diossa, will travel to Washington D.C. this week as Pope Francis arrives in the U.S. Diossa was invited to the country's capital by President Barack Obama and the First Lady. Diossa will be part of the Pope's arrival ceremony Wednesday morning.