With acts of religious hatred on the rise in the U.S. since the Hamas attacks on Israel in early October, New York’s cardinal, who also leads a U.S. bishops’ committee on religious liberty, has said that such instances “shock the conscience.”
The Israel-Hamas war has led to a shocking rise of antisemitism on college campuses across the country, according to concerned advocates and students, who said the situation is growing more dangerous by the day.
Days before some 8,000 Catholics gathered for the New York State Eucharistic Congress, an intrepid team of about three dozen assembled to briefly transform the scenic Empire State Trail from an upstate hiking and cycling route into a local path of pilgrimage.
The trip from Jamaica, Queens, to upstate Auriesville in a three-row van took nearly five hours, but eight St. John’s University students, hand-picked by campus ministry because of their strong Catholic faith, didn’t mind: They were determined to experience the New York Eucharistic Congress.
A soldier and a devout worshipper stand side by side, encompassed in a golden hue, in a painting on the dining room wall in the home of Jonathan and Alissa Nierenberg. It was a gift from their son, Noah, who told them the image symbolized his Jewish faith and his willingness to defend Israel.
Thousands from across New York gathered for a celebration the weekend of Oct. 20-22, the first of its kind in the state, to have their faith in the Lord’s presence in the Eucharist reinvigorated through worship, adoration, and a 50-mile procession.
Riverdale in the Bronx is more than 5,000 miles away from the turmoil in Israel. But for Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, the terror attack by Hamas on Oct. 7 hit close to home.
The city closed the controversial migrant shelter at the former site of St. John Villa Academy on Staten Island on Monday, Oct. 16, after the FDNY declared the building to be a fire hazard.
Come the start of the new year, New York state could have a commission created to consider reparations for African American residents.
Francesca Salemi’s clothes and hair ignited as flames swept through the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory on March 25, 1911.