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The Emmaus Center is housed in a former opera house in Brooklyn, New York.

Can the arts bring millennials closer to God? That's the plan at this beautifully restored Brooklyn theater

Dec 15, 2021

By Autumn Jones

The Emmaus Center, a new performing and visual arts center dedicated to Catholic evangelization, opened in Brooklyn, New York on... Read more

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Workers in NYC face COVID vaccine mandate, causing 'worry' at some Catholic schools

Dec 6, 2021

By Joe Bukuras

Catholic and other private school employees in New York City are speaking out against a city mandate that they been... Read more

The Cathedral Basilica of St. James in Brooklyn, New York City, N.Y.

Catholic school in Brooklyn diocese dismisses teacher who contracted same-sex marriage

Nov 5, 2021

By Christine Rousselle

A music teacher at a Catholic school in the Diocese of Brooklyn was fired for violating a morality clause he... Read more

Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, left, and Bishop Robert J. Brennan

Pope Francis accepts Brooklyn Bishop DiMarzio’s resignation, names Columbus bishop as successor

Sep 29, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

With 1.5 million Catholics, Brooklyn is the fifth-largest U.S. diocese. Read more

Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of Brooklyn.

Sex abuse claims against Bishop DiMarzio lack 'semblance of truth', Vatican rules

Sep 1, 2021

By Kevin J. Jones

Sexual abuse allegations against Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of Brooklyn did not have “the semblance of truth,” the Congregation for the... Read more

Bishop Guy Sansaricq, Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of Brooklyn, who died Aug. 21, 2021.

First Haitian-American Catholic bishop dies at 86

Aug 23, 2021

By Jonah McKeown

Bishop Guy Sansaricq, a retired auxiliary of the Diocese of Brooklyn and the first Haitian-born bishop in the United States,... Read more

Remains of the statues vandalized at Our Lady of Mercy parish in New York City, July17, 2021. Credit: Diocese of Brooklyn.

Knights of Columbus fundraise to replace vandalized statues at NYC parish

Jul 30, 2021

By Joe Bukuras

A Knights of Columbus fundraiser for the replacement of vandalized statues of the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Therese of... Read more

Fr. Fidelis Moscinski, CFR (right) encounters protesters during the July 10 "Witness for Life" prayer procession in Brooklyn.

Recent target of NY pro-abortion protests speaks out

Jul 26, 2021

By Joe Bukuras

After pro-abortion protesters obstructed a July 10 pro-life rosary procession in Brooklyn, a priest leading the procession compared it to... Read more

Protestors with the group New York City for Abortion block Witness for Life prayer walk in Brooklyn

Pro-abortion protesters block NY pro-life procession

Jul 13, 2021

By Joe Bukuras

Pro-abortion protestors blocked a pro-life procession in Brooklyn, New York on Saturday morning. Read more

Vandalized statue of Mary, St. Adalbert parish, Queens, New York

Parish fundraises to repair vandalized Marian statue

Jun 3, 2021

By Joe Bukuras

A parish in Queens, New York is raising funds to repair its statue of Mary, which was found knocked over... Read more

A statue of the infant Jesus was found decapitated outside the diocesan administrative offices in Brooklyn

Brooklyn diocese requests greater police presence outside churches, after acts of vandalism

May 18, 2021

The Diocese of Brooklyn is requesting increased police presence after two incidents of vandalism in three days at church properties.  Read more

Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of Brooklyn. CNA file photo

Alleged abuse victim of Brooklyn bishop files civil lawsuit

Feb 23, 2021

An alleged abuse victim who last year went public with allegations against the Bishop of Brooklyn has now filed a... Read more

New York City mayor Bill de Blasio.

NYC mayor de Blasio defends decision not to pay for coronavirus testing at private schools

Dec 2, 2020

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is defending his decision not to extend state funding for on-site coronavirus testing... Read more

The Cathedral Basilica of St. James in Brooklyn, NYC.

Supreme Court overturns NY church restrictions, Brooklyn bishop says religion 'essential' during pandemic

Nov 26, 2020

The Supreme Court said Wednesday night that NY state restrictions on religious services during the coronavirus pandemic are a violation... Read more

Catholic couple donates hundreds of Thanksgiving turkeys in Brooklyn, Queens

Nov 22, 2020

By Jonah McKeown

For one Catholic businessman in New York City, Thanksgiving has long been a time of sacrifice and generosity. For each... Read more

Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of Brooklyn. CNA file photo.

Brooklyn diocese appeals to Supreme Court over COVID church closures

Nov 13, 2020

By Matt Hadro

The Diocese of Brooklyn is appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court in its case against New York’s COVID restrictions on... Read more

Brooklyn Auxiliary Bishop Octavio Cisneros.

Brooklyn auxiliary bishop retires, remains as local pastor

Oct 30, 2020

The Diocese of Brooklyn announced Friday the retirement of Octavio Cisneros from the office of auxiliary bishop. The Cuban-born bishop... Read more

A toppled statue of the Virgin Mary outside St. Germaine Catholic Church in Prescott Valley, Ariz., Oct. 20, 2020.

Statues of Christ, Mary toppled outside parishes in New York, Arizona

Oct 22, 2020

Several religious statues— including two of Mary and one of Christ— outside Catholic churches were damaged in overnight attacks earlier... Read more

St. Patrick's Cathedral, New York City.

NY Catholic Conference: Follow the science. Open the churches.

Oct 20, 2020

By Christine Rousselle

New York’s Catholic dioceses continue to push back on new coronavirus restrictions that have shut down more than two dozen... Read more

Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of Brooklyn. CNA file photo

Religion is not the problem: Brooklyn bishop blasts New York COVID measures

Oct 16, 2020

By Matt Hadro

Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of Brooklyn warned on Friday that New York’s most recent coronavirus measures were “not reasonable.” Speaking one day after... Read more