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The season of Lent that began on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 26, is familiar to Catholics as a time of penance, reflection and sacrifice. Most practicing Catholics, it seems, make a special effort to get … more
In the mid-1990s, a gifted Newsday reporter named Bob Keeler won a Pulitzer Prize for an in-depth series of articles about St. Brigid’s parish in the Diocese of Rockville Centre. Back then, I … more
Everyone has his or her own story. Our history, family, faith, environment—all of it combines to create a background story that runs through our entire life, for better or worse. Through the … more
On the elevator at work one day, I chatted with a woman who was the only other person onboard. Both of us remarked that we were looking forward to Friday—several days away—and the weekend. We … more
Seventy-five years ago, on Jan. 27, 1945, the infantrymen of the Red Army’s 322nd Rifle Division were bludgeoning their way into the Third Reich when they discovered the Auschwitz-Birkenau … more
In his book “What is Art?” Leo Tolstoy wrote, “The business of art lies just in this,—to make that understood and felt which, in the form of an argument, might be incomprehensible and … more
Remember! A loaded word in our vocabulary, one laden with substance. Chatting with people my own age—I just turned seventy—and beyond, I often hear them whisper with apprehension, … more
El 12 de febrero de 2020 se publicó la Exhortación Apostólica “Querida Amazonía” del papa Francisco. El documento era muy esperado después de la realización del Sínodo sobre la Amazonía … more
¡Recuerda! Una palabra abundante en nuestro vocabulario, una llena de sustancia. Conversando con personas de mi edad – acabo de cumplir setenta - y más allá, a menudo … more
Two letters in the Jan. 30 edition of Catholic New York included anti-abortion opinions I agree with. Generally speaking, I agree that Church leaders, especially those who give the homilies at Sunday … more
A recent letter (CNY, Jan. 30) denigrated the “brand of Catholicism” of certain individuals as a way to criticize their political positions. As Pope Francis pointed out to American bishops in a … more
Cardinal Dolan carried out his just completed six-day visit to Cuba in a low-key pastoral style on a trip that helped maintain the strong bond between the universal Catholic Church and the Cuban … more
Thank you for Claudia McDonnell’s column about the proper dress for Mass (CNY, Jan. 30). It serves as a reminder for volunteers to dress appropriately, especially those that have to be at the … more
Elizabeth Guevara de Gonzalez, who was recently named director of the archdiocesan Office of Adult Faith Formation, is seeking to continue expanding awareness of her office and its programs among … more
A few weeks ago I was finishing a three-year program for spiritual direction at St. Mary of the Lake Seminary in Mundelein, Ill. Since this was a course focused on spirituality much of our time was … more
On a pedestal in the entryway of Chelsea’s Luhring Augustine art gallery sits a circa 1490 woodcarving entitled Christ on the Cold Stone. The artist is unknown, but it is attributed to the Brabant … more
This column actually comes to you from Cuba! Before you jump to conclusions, let me be clear: I’m not here on the beach, although the weather is bright and the ocean magnificent. I came … more
El término ‘inculturación’ hay que entenderlo desde la analogía con el término ‘encarnación’. De hecho, el fundamento mismo de la inculturación es el misterio de la encarnación del … more
Visitors to St. Peter’s Church in Manhattan should be aware that the church they see is not the one Mother Seton knew. (CNY, Editor’s Report, Jan. 16). The present church was built around 1836, … more
Are we Catholic, or what? I’m not talking about the brand of Catholicism practiced by Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and former Vice President Joseph Biden. I’m talking about the kind of … more
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