There is no doubt that this has been a difficult year for all of us due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But the spirit of Christmas is alive and well! This joyous time of year gives us all a wonderful opportunity to count our blessings, and celebrate our faith, which we place in Jesus Christ.
The Diocese of Brooklyn has filed an emergency application with the Supreme Court, asking that the highest court in the land agree to hear its case against Gov. Andrew Cuomo on First Amendment grounds. The diocese charged that imposing strict attendance — in some cases, as little as 10 people at the Mass — violates religious freedom.
Loretta Watz is an example of the kind of devout Catholic who is the backbone of the Diocese of Brooklyn — the parishioners who faithfully attend Mass every week. In Watz’s case, that would be St. Pancras Church.
It has been five months since George Floyd died at the hands of police in Minneapolis — a tragedy that unleashed massive protest demonstrations in cities across the country and ushered in a new era of racial reckoning in America.
Catholic voters choosing between Republican President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden on Election Day need to keep in mind the church’s teachings when they enter the voting booth, prominent figures in the Diocese of Brooklyn said.
Though the coronavirus pandemic forcibly canceled all large, outdoor events, the 39th Annual Great Irish Fair of New York continued virtually on Sept. 19. Maureen O’Malley-Byrnes, executive director of the Irish American Building Society, remained steadfast in ensuring the end-of- summer tradition would not be forgotten.
Ed Wilkinson, editor emeritus of The Tablet, never imagined an honor first given to the Vatican’s legendary Swiss Guards would be the accolade that capped his 50 years covering the Diocese of Brooklyn, but that’s what happened last Saturday Sep. 19.
Hispanic Catholics in the Diocese of Brooklyn and across the country would normally be preparing for the Encuentro, an opportunity to discuss and address how the Church responds to the Hispanic presence and the ways Hispanics respond to the Church in kind.
Broadcast journalist Christine Persichette has been named the anchor of Currents News, a comprehensive nightly news program from the Catholic perspective.
After completing the 2019-2020 academic year remotely in June, a majority of Catholic school students, faculty, and staff in Brooklyn and Queens finally experienced a semblance of normalcy. They returned to school for in-person learning on Sept. 9, ready to start a new school year in a new fashion.