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Ending Hunger Via a 40-Pound Cabbage

What do a nine-year-old girl, a 40-pound cabbage and 100 vegetable gardens have to do with ending hunger in America? Well, Katie Stagliano’s story will connect the dots. more

‘Catholic Scientist’ Symposium Explores Earth and Beyond

People ask me, ‘Do you believe in life on other planets?’ And I say, ‘That’s exactly the right way to ask it, “Do I believe?’” said Brother Guy Consolmagno, S.J., an astronomer who … more

Archdiocese Closes Cause for Atonement Society Founder

The archdiocese has officially closed an 18-month cause and submitted its work to Rome where it will be assessed whether Father Paul Wattson, S.A., should advance to the next steps necessary to … more

At Rite of Election, Catechumens Are Advised to Take Jesus as Their Model

Jesus Christ, our Savior, resisted temptation and overcame the world’s evil, and so his followers should always seek to emulate such spiritual courage—for our own well-being, for our loved ones … more

Faith, Fortitude Are Allies in Defending Marriage, Cardinal Says

In the face of consistent attacks against the understanding and practice of traditional marriage by a litany of sources, including Hollywood, media and government, Cardinal Dolan’s prescription for … more

Kids Helping Kids

A group of fourth-graders from the parish religious education program at Immaculate Heart of Mary in Scarsdale are all smiles as they show baked goods they and another class from their grade contributed to their Valentine-themed fundraiser that earned $302 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. more

St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations Around the Archdiocese

Plans are in place for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations across the archdiocese. Cardinal Dolan will offer St. Patrick’s Day Mass at 8:30 a.m. Friday, March 17, at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Manhattan. more

Finding God in Spiritual Friendships

A few years ago, The Christophers published a News Note entitled “Building Spiritual Friendships,” and I still get emails from people asking for a copy whenever we mention it on our “Christopher Closeup” radio show. more

72 Years of Patience, Prayer And Faith for the Stellabottes

Anthony and Teresa Stellabotte attributed their longevity in life and marriage to patience, prayer and faith. The parishioners of St. Ann’s on Staten Island have been married 72 years, … more

Shrine Mass Marks Fatima Centennial

A  celebration for the 2017 Fatima Centennial Year took place Feb. 4 at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Middletown highlighted by a Mass enthroning the historic statue … more

Archdiocese to Close Five Elementary Schools; Transition to UPK for Another

The archdiocesan Office of the Superintendent of Schools announced Feb. 6 that five Catholic elementary schools will close and one will transition to a universal pre-K (UPK) at the end of the current academic year. more

Reflections on True Love: An Interview With Patti Ann McDonald

NYPD Detective Steven McDonald died on Jan. 10. In the following days, his life was commemorated throughout our nation and in places around the world for his advocacy of forgiveness and reconciliation. McDonald lived for more than 30 years as a quadriplegic, after being shot in the line of duty at age 29 by a teenage assailant in Central Park. His wife, Patti Ann, was 23 at the time of the shooting, and she was three months pregnant with their son, Conor. At Conor’s baptism, McDonald wrote of the young man who shot him in a statement read by Patti Ann, “I forgive him and hope that he can find peace and purpose in his life.” This interview, conducted on behalf of The Christophers, and published here with permission, took place two weeks after Steven McDonald’s death. more

‘Stand for What You Believe In’ Is Theme for National Day of Prayer on Feb. 5

For the 29th year in a row, people of all faiths are urged to observe a national day of prayer for the African-American family Feb. 5 as part of Black History Month, observed every February more

An Interview with Patti Ann McDonald

NYPD Detective Steven McDonald died on Jan. 10. In the following days, his life was commemorated throughout our nation and in places around the world for his advocacy of forgiveness and … more

In a Packed Basilica, Cardinal Speaks of Womb’s ‘Sanctuary’

Cardinal Dolan delivered a compelling pro-life message to a congregation of 12,000 people at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. more

Large Crowd, Dynamic Speakers Bring Hope, Energy to March

Father Vincent Druding left his 11th March for Life feeling hopeful. “This is by far the most positive, upbeat and optimistic march I’ve been a part of,” Father Druding, who serves as … more

Even in Dark Moments, Christians Must Not Lose Hope, Cardinal Says

When circumstances may make it seem like light is losing the battle against darkness, Christians should never lose hope because their faith rests in Jesus, “the Light of the World,” Cardinal Dolan explained. more

Some Marchers Accept Invitation to Pray at Cathedral’s Day for Life

It was potentially a tough crowd. Organizers estimated some 400,000 people marched up Fifth Avenue on Saturday to demonstrate against the Trump administration. more

Altagracia Mass Draws Dominican Republic Bishop, First Lady

Acknowledging some serious social ills in his native land—namely, an increase in violence, drug-related crimes and political divisions—Bishop Hector Rafael Rodriguez of the Diocese of La Vega, … more

Atonement Friars to Pray For Christian Unity

People of all religious denominations are invited to join the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement in praying for Christian unity at Graymoor and in Peekskill in an eight-day event running through Jan. … more
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