Gov. Ralph Northam of Virginia signed a bill on Wednesday that officially ended the death penalty in Virginia. Twenty-two states have banned the death penalty before, but Virginia becomes the first one in the South to abolish capital punishment.
Father Ortiz-Garay’s family and friends will get together for a Mass in Mexico City on the first anniversary of his death, March 27. Father Fernando Araiza will celebrate the Mass — Father Sebastián de Matus will concelebrate — in Our Lady of Mercy parish in Mexico City.
Once again, it was a memorable Bright Christmas campaign! At the end of a challenging, and quite frankly, devastating year, The Tablet’s readers showed that despite the pandemic and an economic crisis, they remain truly generous. For that, we say thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Msgr. John H. Maksymowicz; Msgr. Richard E. Marchese; and Msgr. Robert J. Thelen mark their golden jubilee. Father Robert J. Armato marks his silver jubilee.
Tomorrow will be a year to the day when Father Jorge Ortiz-Garay sent me a letter asking for a grant from the Bright Christmas Campaign.
The recent opinion by the Supreme Court in favor of the Diocese of Brooklyn was a victory for religious liberty. The limits imposed by the governor’s executive order were excessive, of course, but at the core of the diocese’s request there is another important element that we shouldn’t miss.
During the past eight years, the Bright Christmas Campaign has received well over one million dollars in donations that were distributed among parishes and groups in Brooklyn and Queens. I am overwhelmed by the generosity our readers show us each year.
Many things have changed for the worse during this tough year. However, hopefully, one good thing it may have given us is a deeper sense of solidarity.
Thanks should be given to the leaders of the She Built NYC initiative. Our readers may remember that the program, started in 2018 under New York City’s first lady Chirlane McCray, asked the public to nominate women to be honored with statues in New York City.
As The Tablet goes to print, President Donald Trump is in his fifth day of battling the coronavirus. Studies show that many COVID-19 patients suddenly deteriorate after 7-10 days of contracting the coronavirus.