• Official says Catholic cemeteries have ‘huge opportunity to evangelize’

    • Oct 31, 2014

    RYE, N.Y.  — Beyond their traditional roles as predictably quiet and often-beautiful places, “cemeteries have a huge opportunity to evangelize and a responsibility to stand for what the church represents,” said Andrew Schafer, executive director for Archdiocese of Newark Catholic Cemeteries in New Jersey. People who come to a committal

  • A pagan holiday? NJ school district cancels, reinstates Halloween celebrations

    • Oct 16, 2014

    MAPLEWOOD, N.J. – A New Jersey elementary school canceled and reinstated its Halloween celebration this week in a debate that reflects societal ambivalence about the holiday’s religious origins. On Monday, parents of students at the Seth Boyden Elementary School in Maplewood received a note home from Principal Mark Quiles saying

  • Priest convicted of groping woman

    • Oct 16, 2014

    TOMS RIVER, N.J. – A Catholic priest was convicted Wednesday of groping a woman but acquitted of molesting her two children. Marukudiyil Velan’s defense attorney, S. Karl Mohel, said his client is unlikely to face prison time. The crime carries a maximum penalty of 18 months in prison but is

  • Man sues Newark Archdiocese over alleged sexual abuse

    • Oct 7, 2014

    TRENTON, N.J. – A northern New Jersey man is suing the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark, alleging that a now-deceased priest sexually molested him more than 30 years ago. Stephen Marlowe, of Hoboken, discussed his claims during a news conference Tuesday on the steps of the Statehouse in Trenton. The

  • Church beatifies New Jersey nun

    • Oct 4, 2014

    NEWARK, N.J. – A New Jersey nun credited with curing a boy’s eye disease is moving a step closer to sainthood with her beatification. A beatification Mass for Sister Miriam Teresa Demjanovich, who died in 1927 at age 26, was being led Saturday by Cardinal Angelo Amato at the Cathedral

  • Trenton diocese pays $610,000 to settle sexual abuse suit

    • Oct 3, 2014

    TRENTON, N.J — The Trenton Diocese has paid $610,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by a New Jersey man who said he was sexually abused for years as a teen by a priest who headed the diocese’s youth group. Forty-two-year-old Chris Naples of Bass River Township claimed church leaders allowed