A Dangerous Place for Human Life

Each January, we remember a sad part of our American history that happened in the 1970s with the Supreme Court ruling in Roe vs. Wade which made abortion legal for any reason up to 24 weeks of pregnancy, and any time after that if the mother’s life is at risk.

Called To A Sublime Vocation

For the past 52 years, January 1 has been designated by the Roman Pontiff as the World Day of Peace. The 2019 message of the Holy Father on this occasion is entitled, “Good Politics at the Service of Peace.” The announcement was made by the Vatican press office emphasizing that “Political responsibility belongs to every citizen and, in particular, to those that have received the mandate to protect and to govern.”

The Peace That Jesus Has Won For Us

St. Francis of Assisi is credited with having established the custom of the placing of the Child Jesus in a crèche, or presepio as it is called in Italian. The first presepio was assembled in the town square of Assisi where people and live animals depicted the birth of Jesus Christ.

The Power of Forgiveness

Monday, December 17, is Reconciliation Monday in the Archdiocese of New York and the Diocese of Brooklyn. This custom began several years ago in Rockville Centre during the Lenten Season. Now all of the Downstate dioceses have adopted this custom where you can be sure that from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm in most every church of these dioceses you can find a priest who will hear your confession.

The Graced Days of Advent

Advent is a time of grace, called “Kairos,” a Greek word which means a graced time. As we have begun Advent, we recognize that it is our preparation time for the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

From St. Nicholas to Santa Claus

As we begin the Season of Advent, one of the first feasts we celebrate during this time is the Feast of St. Nicholas on December 6. Since St. Nicholas is my patron saint, I thought I would take the time to describe the journey of St. Nicholas, Bishop of Myra in Turkey, to his more popular transformation into Santa Claus.

A Watershed Moment for Our Church

Having just returned from the annual November United States Bishops’ General Meeting, I thought that I would share some thoughts with you since the agenda this year was so important.

An Attack on All Catholics

As we approach Thanksgiving, we recognize its origin which reminds us of the Pilgrims who came to the New World seeking protection from religious persecution. I call this issue to mind since we are currently facing a severe curtailment of the religious freedom of the Catholic Church in the U.S.

The Dangers of Populist Nationalism

My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,

At the end of September of this year, the Vatican offices, the Dicasteries of the Holy See, sponsored a conference entitled, Xenophobia, Racism and Populist Nationalism in the Context of Global Migration. This issue certainly affects us here in the United States. Perhaps the best term to explain this is the issue of “Populist Nationalism.”

Mary, Our Queen, Mother and Sister

My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,
This is the full text of Bishop DiMarzio’s homily delivered on Oct. 27 during the diocesan Marian Pilgrimage to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.