This interview with Charles Marsala, who is bringing great news to the world of the Italian American community in New Orleans and throughout the South East, was done right before the coronavirus pandemic broke out in Italy, and then a couple of weeks before it also arrived in the United States. It is therefore a picture of the world before the coro...

Mother Cabrini opened an orphanage in the French Quarter in 1892 As a Yellow Fever Epedemic was leaving many orphans in New Orleans, Mother Cabrini arrived. In 1904, she received $75,000.00 from Captain Salvatore Pizzati to build a new orphange which is became Cabrini High School in 1959. Records show that 7,849 people died in New Orleans in 1853 d...

Colorado is one pen stroke away from abolishing Columbus Day. The state legislature gave final passage Tuesday to a bill that would replace Columbus Day with a new state holiday, on the first Monday of October, in honor of Frances Xavier Cabrini. It is believed that the proposed Cabrini Day would be the first paid state holiday recognizing a woman...

Every workday, facilities manager Tom Francis starts his morning the same way. He enters the chapel at Mother Cabrini Shrine on Lookout Mountain, turns on the lights and addresses a statue of the shrine’s namesake. “I tell her, ‘OK boss, this is your place. I’m just a pair of hands. You need to help me or we won’t be able to be here for those who c...

A bill that would abolish Columbus Day in Colorado and replace the holiday to honor another Italian pioneer is advancing at the state Capitol. The bill passed the state House and will move to the state Senate. Supporters claim Columbus committed crimes against humanity and should not be honored. Instead, they want to create Cabrini Day to recognize...

At the age of 40, when Mother Cabrini crossed the ocean for the first time to begin her work in America, she was penniless, alone, and couldn’t speak English. Without doubting herself, she pioneered the building of schools, hospitals, clinics, and orphanages. She was not satisfied with simply establishing the facilities, so she dedicated her life t...

Congress passed a bill on Feb. 5 that would rename the Dyker Heights Post Office after the New York-based saint Mother Cabrini, infuriating some locals, who love Cabrini — and hate the postal service! “The post offices in NYC are pieces of f–– sh–. Why the hell would someone want to be named after one?” said Nick, a Dyker Heights resident, who did...

A bill striking Columbus Day as a state legal holiday and replacing it with something else cleared the House State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee Tuesday on a 6-3 party-line vote. But will it win enough support to even move out of the House? House Bill 1031 is sponsored by Rep. Adrienne Benavidez, D-Denver/Adams County, and it's Benavidez...

Brooklyn Filmmaker, Glen Mitku, teamed up with Italian Sculptor, Sergio Furnari, to make a short documentary, about Sergio's dream to sculpt the Mother Cabrini tribute statue and create a Mother Cabrini School of the Arts. They cast Alexandra Faye Sadeghian in the role of Mother Cabrini in "Mother Cabrini Legacy". Alexandra Faye Sadeghian is an act...

When the de Blasio administration said they didn’t plan to build it, Gov. Cuomo promised he would. Now, a statue honoring Mother Cabrini has a spot picked out for it right in Manhattan. Gov. Cuomo says the upcoming statue will be placed in Battery Park’s South Cove – direct view of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. “The Commission chose a sit...