In recent months, statues of Christopher Columbus have been torn down by mobs in cities like Baltimore and Richmond. Robert Royal, Catholic author and the President of the Faith & Reason Institute, will give a Catholic defense of Christopher Columbus during a lecture at the Basilica on Thursday, October 1, at 7:30 pm. Royal is the author of Columbu...

Come and celebrate the life of Padre Pio on the occasion of the 52nd anniversary of his entry into eternal life, on Sunday, September 20, 2020, starting at 9:00 A.M.. The full-day activities include veneration of Padre Pio's relics, conferences about Padre Pio, a Mass in his honor, a benefit concert, and a private four-course Pugliese dinner.All th...

When the COVID-19 pandemic forced Boston’s St. John’s Seminary to send students home in early March, James Muscatella had to say an early goodbye to the place he’d called home for almost two years. “There was a bit of sadness, even before the coronavirus came to head, of the notion that I would be leaving my classmates, the men that I’d spent a yea...

Parishioners at St. Pancras Church are getting a new pastor following the arrest of the parish’s former rector who is accused of sharing explicit texts with a minor. Msgr. Steven Aguggia, chancellor of the diocese, will also serve as the church’s new pastor, Adriana Rodriguez, press secretary for the diocese confirmed on Aug. 17. “I’m ready to serv...

An ardent priest and a passionate cook, Monsignor Jamie Gigantiello has made, and is making, a giant impact on his local community and parishioners at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Brooklyn. For one, he cooks for parish events, especially for the annual observance of Our Lady. For this cheerful day, the parish hosts a large feast and parishioners carry...

Rome celebrates La Madonna della Neve (Our Lady of the Snows) by recreating a miracle snowfall outside the Basilica di S. Maria Maggiore during the height of summer. The spectacle normally takes place on the night of 5 August however this year it is set to snow on 30 August instead, reports Italian newspaper La Repubblica. The event, organised with...

Brooklyn Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio announced the appointment of Monsignor David Cassato, pastor of the Parish of St. Athanasius-St. Dominic Church in Bensonhurst, as the new vicar for Catholic schools on Thursday, July 23. According to the Diocese of Brooklyn (DOB), promoting diocesan Catholic schools is one of the roles for the Vicar for Catholic S...

Among a number of holy men and women declared venerable by Pope Francis on July 10 was a Jesuit scholar and founder of more than 20 missions during the late 17th and early 18th centuries, Eusebio Francesco Chini, S.J. In Mexico and the southwestern United States, he is best known as Padre Kino, an adaptation of his surname that he personally introd...

Sr. Rosetta could understand why the other nun was so confused. It was only 1954, after all, and she and Mother Celestine stood out for almost disappearing among the long veils propped up on starched forms of many the other religious women in the room. They were all nuns serving in the diocese of Worcester, Massachusetts, but in simple, contemporar...

The June 30 Supreme Court decision in Espinoza v. Montana Dept. of Revenue is a cause for celebration. It goes against the Blaine Amendment, a failed amendment to the Constitution typical of the anti-immigrant and anti-Catholic bigotry of the 1880s. That amendment was supposed to stop government funding of Catholic schools. While it ultimately fail...