Faith leaders and law enforcement from across the state will gather Tuesday night to pray for peace.
After the shooting deaths of two New York policemen, and the events in Ferguson, Missouri, Rev. Robert Marciano thought it would set a tone in Rhode Island if there was a prayer for peace, for law enforcement, and for those who strive for justice.
“The power of prayer can make a difference. And coming together, getting to know each other, as well as praying together is nothing but a win-win for everyone,” said Marciano.
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.”
Rhode Island Catholic Bishop Thomas Tobin is receiving criticism over remarks he made on the death of Nelson Mandela.
On Sunday, two days after the South African leader died, Tobin issued a statement calling Mandela’s support of abortion rights “shameful.”
The Washington DC based group “Catholics United” said Tobin’s comments reflect a level of tone deafness that is tragic. Catholics United director James Salt noted that Tobin’s remarks stand in stark contrast to Pope Francis, who last week praised Mandela’s steadfast commitment to human rights.
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence is making some major improvements to the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul. That will mean masses will be moved downstairs to a meeting hall for a few months.
The Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul is getting a massive facelift just in time for its 125th anniversary next year. Monsignor Anthony Mancini, rector of the church, said improvements are being made from top to bottom.