All five of the new countries that the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) has recommended that the State Department designate as Countries of Particular Concern (CPCs) have experienced Christian persecution in the past year.
The usual peace and quiet of a Sunday afternoon on 217th St., between 92nd and 93rd avenues, in this Queens neighborhood was anything but on Sept. 12. Instead, it was transformed by the colorful and boisterous sights and sounds of a popular Indian Marian devotion: the celebration of the feast day of Our Lady of Velankanni, also known as Our Lady of Good Health.
St. Anthony of Padua– St. Alphonsus Church, Greenpoint, which is the North American headquarters of the congregation of the Carmelites of Mary Immaculate, celebrated on Dec. 1 a Mass for the fifth anniversary of the canonization of St. Kuriakose Elias Chavara, the 19th-century saint from India who founded the order
Vibrantly colored umbrellas, women dressed in Indian garb and people radiating with the love of God could be seen and heard as a procession headed out of Guardian Angel Church onto Ocean Parkway July 1.
Dear Editor: I am a member of Our Lady of the Snows (OLS) parish for 22 years. I am also a leading member of the Indian Roman Catholic Community (Latin Rite) in the U.S. For the last three years, I worked with the pastors of OLS viz. Msgr. Raymond Chappetto (Bishop Chappetto) and Father Kevin McBrien, planning and conducting the feast of St. Alphonsa and have been proud to see that year after year the event has been attracting more and more Catholics from within and outside of the parish.