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Cry for Help in Haiti

Hurricane Matthew blew out to sea and off the front pages of newspapers weeks ago, but millions of people still suffer from the devastation it caused. Some of the most harshly afflicted are in Haiti, … more

Walk Into History at Archdiocesan Archives Open House

If you have an interest in New York Church history and happen to be in the vicinity of St. Joseph’s Seminary in Dunwoodie, you might want stop by for the open house hosted by Archives of the … more

Two Essential Values

The other day I wished a Jewish friend a blessed Yom Kippur, their holy “day of atonement.” “Thanks,” he replied, “and it seems so obvious that the world sure … more

Spiritual Lessons at 65 Miles Per Hour

I was driving to Rochester last week to give a talk to the local chapter of Magnificat, and I decided to make the trip into a mini-retreat of sorts. I brought along a recording by renowned theologian … more

Madre Teresa de Calcuta, La Santa De Los Más Pobres Entre Los Pobres

El 4 de septiembre de 2016 el papa Francisco, ante más de cien mil fieles reunidos en la Plaza de San Pedro en Roma, canonizó a la Madre Teresa de Calcuta. Por su amor y entrega sin medida en favor … more

A Mission for All

I haven’t reported on our parish planning initiative, Making All Things New, for quite a while. The decisions reached, after years of consultation and study, have now been in effect for … more

A Great Tool of Catholic Learning Is Now in Parish Hands

In case you haven’t heard about the archdiocese’s new plan for the Catholic online learning platform FORMED.org, I want to share some information I gathered this past weekend. Much of it came … more

Señor, Auméntanos La Fe

En el año 2013, en ocasión de la publicación de “Lumen Fidei” (“La luz de la fe), que fue la primera encíclica del papa Francisco (29 de junio de 2013), hemos escrito varios artículos … more

Listening at the Keyholes: To Love Better, Learn More

When two 20-somethings slung a wire across rooftops in Boston, they were hoping to hear each other’s voices transmitted across that line. It worked, and they did, but in the process, they also … more

Life in the Balance

October is Respect Life Month, which makes it an especially appropriate time to learn about another threat to human life that has followed on the heels of abortion: physician-assisted suicide. The … more

Ready, Willing and “Differently” Able

For Catholics, October is known as the month dedicated to the great gift of the Rosary. By Church history measures, this dedication is actually a relatively recent development. We should thank … more

A Few Back-to-School ‘Boosts’

The kids are back! School is open! And we remain ever-grateful for our Catholic schools in this Archdiocese of New York. They take immense time, effort, sweat, tears, energy... and … more

Moments in Time From a Special Visit

Photographer Joe Vericker recently made me an offer I couldn’t refuse. So I didn’t. He offered to let Catholic New York publish some of the photos that he had taken for the archdiocese during … more

Second Review

John Mulderig’s review of “Ben Hur” (CNY, Sept. 1) conflates Bonhoeffer’s concept of “Cheap Grace” with bad script writing and acting. Mulderig observes that … more

El Fetichismo del Dinero

La raíz de todos los males es el amor al dinero” (1Tm 6, 10).  El Evangelio establece ciertas incompatibilidades ante las cuales el cristiano tiene que tomar una opción, una de ellas es el … more

She Was a Saint, Not a Pushover

St. Teresa of Kolkata’s compassionate care for the poor, the sick and the abandoned of India’s slums brought her recognition the world over, though by her own account, she probably would have … more

We Forget God at Our Own Peril

The mood of our beloved country is not good, is it? As I listen to people, I hear more and more observe, “Something is deeply wrong with the world, and with … more

Caribbean Dreams: Bold Adventures, Surprise Homecomings

The phone call came when I was boiling sweet corn—supper time on a hum-drum Sunday whose excitement peaked with a trip to the grocery store. It had been months since I’d spoken with my … more

Do You Hear What I Hear?

I woke up the other night to a fierce thunderstorm and the sound of rain tapping on the aluminum-wrapped windowsill, and I smiled as I rolled over. As I drifted off to sleep, I remember thinking in … more

Will Pokémon GO Replace the Fire Plug?

The latest electronic frenzy appears to be Pokémon GO, an interactive game that people can play on their Apple and Android devices. Approximately six weeks ago, Niantic Inc. launched this mobile … more
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