October is Italian Heritage Month; you may or may not be aware of this depending on which media sources you follow. This year, preceding Columbus Day, there was a controversy which wound up spilling into New York’s Columbus Day parade and ignited an unprecedented movement by New York’s still-vibrant Italian American community. The seemingly well-in...

Celeste Raspanti, a volunteer archivist at the Cathedral of St. Paul, remembers stories her mother told about their family forging a friendship at the dinner table with St. Frances Cabrini as they helped her minister to the poor in Chicago. “She drank wine, she ate pasta, she sang songs,” Raspanti said of St. Frances. When Raspanti’s grandfather wa...

The long-standing rivalry between Andrew Cuomo and Bill de Blasio was cemented on Monday when the Governor of New York announced he would bypass the mayor and fund the polarizing Mother Cabrini statue with state money. For months, the two political figures have committed to a very public feud over Mayor de Blasio’s decision to exclude Cabrini, a Ro...

President Donald Trump defended the Christopher Columbus federal holiday and gave a shout-out to Mother Frances Cabrini during a reception celebrating Italian heritage with Italian President Sergio Mattarella on Wednesday night. Trump said as long as he’s around, the national holiday honoring the Italian explorer will not be replaced by Indigenous...

A sea of red, white and green took over Manhattan today. Tens of thousands of people marched up Fifth Avenue for the 75th annual Columbus Day Parade. The parade stepped off at 11:30 a.m. following a mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. The Columbus Citizens Foundation organizes the event to pay tribute to Christopher Columbus and the contributions of c...

Gov. Andrew Cuomo pledged his support for a memorial to Mother Frances Xavier Cabrini after the saint wasn’t chosen to be honored with a new statue. He discussed the idea in his remarks at the Columbus Citizens Foundation Gala on Saturday night. A recent city program to commission statues honoring influential women asked for public input, and Mothe...

Actor Chazz Palminteri called in to "The Brian Lehrer Show" Friday to bicker with Mayor Bill de Blasio about an Italian-American saint and deny he called first lady Chirlane McCray racist. WNYC listeners got more than they bargained for during the roughly 10-minute sparring match that started with the Bronx-born actor demanding the city build a sta...

The Italian Enclaves Historical Society is grateful for the open line of communication to Brooklyn’s Borough President, Eric Adams. Mr. Adams has always provided support to the large base of Italian Americans in Brooklyn, New York. When we reached out directly to Mr. Adams this morning to ask for his support of the Italian American and Catholic com...

The Diocese of Brooklyn is adding a float featuring Mother Cabrini to the Columbus Day Parade — a jab at Mayor Bill de Blasio and first lady Chirlane McCray for snubbing the Italian American icon and saint in a recent statue competition. “We’re a little upset that Mother Cabrini wasn’t included for a statue dedication,” the Diocese’s Monsignor Jame...

Actor Chazz Palminteri called first lady Chirlane McCray a “racist” for snubbing Italian American icon Mother Frances Cabrini in the “She Built NYC” competition to erect statues of great women. “Absolutely, she is being racist,” the “Bronx Tale” actor and writer said on the “Bernie & Sid” show on 77 WABC radio Friday. “C’mon. As Italian Americans w...