- Aug 12, 2020
Archbishop Eduardo Martín of Rosario, Argentina, has prayed that the families and friends of five Argentinians killed in Tuesday’s truck attack on a bike path in Manhattan be given “the gift of hope that gives comfort in the most difficult moments, to continue trusting in His mercy, that soothes and gives serenity and peace.” The five victims were among a group of 10 friends marking the 30th anniversary of their graduation from Rosario’s Polytechnic School with a tour of New York and Boston.
The 47th Annual New York City Marathon will be held Sunday. Every year, Monsignor Robert Ritchie leads a pre-marathon Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Ritchie says although the marathon is about preparation, prayers don’t hurt.
New York’s newly opened Sheen Center for Thought and Culture is Cardinal Dolan’s attempt to reach people of no faith through the arts. In its opening act of its second season, Broadway star Vanessa Williams spoke about her Catholic faith in between musical performances.
St. Joseph’s Chapel in Battery Park City, serves as a memorial to 9/11 in several ways. It was undamaged during the attacks and thus was used as a command center by rescue workers and volunteers. There are statues of the patron saints of firefighters and policemen. But though it survived the destruction of 9/11, it might not be able to hold out against the high rents of the resurgent neighborhood, and its parishioners are hoping to save it.
Ireland has played an important role in the life of the Catholic Church in America, and nowhere is this more apparent than in New York City, where every archbishop has been of Irish heritage. A new book – ‘Sons of St. Patrick: A History of the Archbishops of New York from Dagger John to Timmytown’ – looks at this history.
In announcing the campaign, Cardinal Timothy Dolan said Catholic Charities agencies anticipate raising nearly $250 million overall “on behalf of the kids, families and vulnerable adults we’re honored to serve.” Since 1917, he added, the archdiocese had “invested a lot of sweat, muscle, heart, brains, soul and wallet” into strengthening New York’s families and our children.