Brooklyn Priests in Rome

Three Brooklyn priests were invited and participated in a two-week conference for seminary formators held by the Congregation for Clergy in Rome.

Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio - Put Out Into the Deep

On Pilgrimage to Rome and Holy Land

My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, It is my pleasure to provide you with a report on our diocesan pilgrimage during the Year of Mercy to Assisi, Rome and the Holy Land, including Galilee and Jerusalem. The itinerary was a wonderful one to celebrate the Year of Mercy because all of the sites we visited did give the pilgrims insight into the mercy of God.

Holy Stairs

At the Holy Stairs, All Prayers Rise to Heaven

Located across a busy street from the Basilica of St. John Lateran, the Pontifical Sanctuary of the Holy Stairs remains “a place of prayer” even as thousands of people stream through its doors every day.

In Rome, History Lives

By Victoria Edwards This January, I had the opportunity to travel to Paris and Rome with some of the St. John’s University Catholic Scholars Program’s Sophomore Cohort. The program, run by campus ministry was founded in 2012; the mission is for college students to learn and grow in their Catholic and Vincentian roots, which will allow […]

Preparing for Priesthood

Juan Luxama, a fourth-year seminarian at the North American College, Rome, whose home parish is Holy Innocents, Flatbush, was ordained a deacon Oct. 4 at the Altar of the Chair at St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City, by Cardinal James Harvey. Auxiliary Bishop Octavio Cisneros and several Brooklyn priests concelebrated the Mass. Deacon Luxama assisted at […]

Pope Francis Tells His Priests That Sanctity Will Overcome Scandals

by Francis X. Rocca ROME (CNS) – Acting in his capacity as bishop of Rome, Pope Francis offered words of encouragement to his diocesan priests, assuring them that recent and current scandals cannot overcome the Church’s holiness and urging them to keep their vocations alive through love of God. The pope made his remarks Sept. […]

God Wants Our Eternal Salvation

by Father John P. Cush I REALLY CONSIDER myself blessed to have been assigned to Rome for post-graduate doctoral work this past semester. Instead of just reading about Church history, I had the opportunity to live it out in the events of February and March, 2013. The resignation of our beloved Benedict XVI and his final days […]

Kindness and Courtesy Are Rewarded

by Father John P. Cush HERE’S A LITTLE riddle for you: How many people can fit on a bus in the city of Rome, Italy? The answer: always one more! As someone who has lived in Rome for a few years, in my first incarnation as a seminarian and as a newly ordained priest, and […]

Pope Baptizes 20

VATICAN CITY (CNS) – The Sistine Chapel sounded a bit like a nursery Jan. 14, as Pope Benedict XVI baptized 20 babies, whose crying provided a constant accompaniment to the two-hour Mass on the feast of the Baptism of the Lord. Referring to the day’s reading from the Gospel St. Luke, which recounts the baptism […]