Pope Urges Display of Nativity Scenes in Both Public and Private

In a document signed in the city where the Nativity crèche was born, Pope Francis on the first Sunday of Advent urged Christians to keep the “beautiful family tradition” of preparing these scenes in the days before Christmas, but also to keep the custom of setting them up in the workplace, in schools, hospitals, prisons and town squares.

Faith in Focus: October 12, 2019

For the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi on Oct. 4, furry friends and other diocesan pets were blessed by Msgr. David Cassato, pastor of St. Athanasius Church, Bensonhurst.

Stigmata of St. Francis

St. Francis of Assisi’s reception of the stigmata, the wounds of Christ, at La Verna in Italy and its depiction by artists beginning in the 15th century is the focus of a National Gallery of Art exhibit.

Missing Monstrance Took R Train

The strange and curious mystery of the monstrance found on the R train in Bay Ridge on Tuesday morning, Jan. 2, has been solved.

Statue of St. Francis Is Back with the Brothers

On Oct. 4, the St. Francis Prep community, Fresh Meadows, will celebrate the feast day of the school’s patron saint, and mark the return of a statue of St. Francis of Assisi that was part of the school’s first campus on Butler St. in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn.

Francis of Assisi: A Saint for Everyone

Three renditions of St. Francis of Assisi by AnnaMarie Prono. Watercolor and ink were used to create the likenesses at left and above, while the depiction of the saint holding a cross and dove is acrylic on wood.

Encyclical Has Franciscan Title

ROME (CNS) – “Laudato Si,” the title Pope Francis chose for his encyclical on the environment, comes from a hymn of praise by St. Francis of Assisi that emphasizes being in harmony with God, with other creatures and with other human beings, said the head of the Franciscan order. Sitting under towering trees, surrounded by […]