Pope Francis Calls for ‘Freeing’ the Virgin Mary From the Devotion of the Mafia

The Pontifical Academy has promoted a conference to officially launch the Department of Analysis and Study of Criminal and Mafia Phenomena. The scope of the interdisciplinary body is to stop the influence of the underworld on religious events and places dedicated to the Virgin, including the “detours” taken by some Marian processions in southern Italy to salute mafia bosses under house arrest.

St. Gerard Majella’s Outdoor Prayer Garden Struck Third Time

After reportedly causing more than $10,000 worth of damage during two nighttime visits last week, the suspect returned to St. Gerard Majella, Hollis, on the night of Sept. 17 to try to damage the statue of the Blessed Mother that’s in the parish’s parking lot.

Outdoor Shrine at St. Gerard Majella Vandalized Twice

The Shrine Church of St. Gerard Majella, Hollis, was vandalized twice in one week in September, according to pastor Father JosephJude Gannon, who said he believes the same person was responsible for both acts.

Our Lady of Knock Honored in Queens

The sixth annual late August barbecue at the Church of Holy Child Jesus in Richmond Hill brought together parishioners and local residents for two causes: to raise money for the parish’s food pantry and to celebrate the 140th anniversary of the apparition of Our Lady of Knock in Ireland.

Forth Worth Bishop Calls Apparition Claim a ‘Fabrication’

After video footage evidenced that a woman claiming to receive roses from the Blessed Virgin Mary was falsifying her claims, Bishop Michael Olson of Fort Worth, Texas has declared her supposed Marian apparitions to be a “fabrication.”