• ‘In Vestments’: A Church haunted by more than ghosts

    • May 19, 2015

    NEW YORK — The teenager crouches on the rectory’s kitchen floor, idly inking his forearm with a ballpoint pen. His face is bruised, his complexion pale green, his hair dusted with white. He’s a ghost, and a persistent one, trailing his older brother, Nathan, through life. That’s hardly the only

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  • New York City’s unlikely voice for religion: a secular mayor

    • Mar 20, 2015

    NEW YORK — Growing up, Mayor Bill de Blasio was the only child on his block who did not attend Mass on Sundays. “Everyone else was at church, and I wasn’t,” he recalled in an interview last week. “Some of the kids envied me.” His mother, a lapsed Catholic, had

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