Torchbearers fanned out across Brooklyn and Queens on Tuesday, Dec. 12, holding their flames aloft for all to see as they walked along the streets. But they weren’t Olympic torchbearers. Instead, they hailed from dozens of churches across the two boroughs as part of the Diocese of Brooklyn’s celebration of the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
The Diocese of Brooklyn celebrated its third feast day for Blessed Michael McGivney, the founder of the Knights of Columbus who is on the journey to sainthood, on Aug. 13 at the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph.
When Pope John Paul II arrived for a six-day trip to Cuba on January 21, 1998, he closed his first address to the Cuban people with a historic message: “May Cuba, with all its magnificent potential, open itself to the world, and may the world open itself up to Cuba.”
Representatives from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops celebrated Mass Jan. 20 at the tomb of two Maryknoll sisters from the U.S. buried El Salvador — where they were murdered in 1980 — and called them “martyrs” and “models” for the Catholic Church.
Four Cuban American bishops called on the international community to provide humanitarian aid to the people of Cuba and expressed solidarity with them following protests that erupted on the island nation starting July 11.