The Lord of Miracles Procession in Lima, Peru — one of the largest Catholic gatherings in the world — was canceled for the second year in a row due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. But the tradition persisted faithfully in the Diocese of Brooklyn as hundreds of people turned out for a procession on Oct. 3.
Bertha Newman died on July 3 at age 88, but her five daughters are determined to carry on the tradition she brought to the U.S. from her native Peru of the Lord of the Miracles procession. In recent years, St. Sebastian Church has been the starting point for the procession.
This past winter, Matilde passed away on a trip to Peru, the family’s native country. The children had her body brought back to White Plains, N.Y., where they live, for the funeral. One day, while praying with the family, their cousin-in-law Manuel Mendoza felt the Holy Spirit nudge him to invite the siblings who had been married civilly back to the faith.
When it comes to papal travel, more often than not, the news lies in the “what” of the trip: what message the pope wants to give a particular country, or even a continent, once he gets there. Other times, however, the news is in the “where,” meaning the message comes across loud and clear well before the pontiff actually arrives.
Peruvian Catholics celebrated the Lord of Miracles with a Mass and street procession at St. Sebastian’s, Woodside. Auxiliary Bishop Octavio Cisneros was the main celebrant.
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