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Diocese of Brooklyn priest Monsignor Kieran Harrington  resigned from his position as the national director of the Pontifical Mission Societies in the United States after an allegation against him of “inappropriate conduct with an adult” was substantiated, the Diocese of Brooklyn announced.

Priest resigns as head of Pontifical Missions USA, admits he broke vow of celibacy

Feb 14, 2024

By Tyler Arnold

The Diocese of Brooklyn’s Adult Allegation Committee investigated Monsignor Kieran Harrington after it received an allegation of “inappropriate conduct” last... Read more

Bishop Robert Brennan blesses the altar at Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in Brooklyn, New York, with holy water on Nov. 4, 2023, in response to the filming of an indecent music video in the church. Assisting the bishop is Monsignor Joseph Grimaldi, vicar general of the Diocese of Brooklyn.

Brooklyn pastor apologizes for provocative music video filmed in church

Nov 7, 2023

By Joe Bukuras

A Brooklyn pastor who was disciplined after he allowed a pop star to shoot a lewd music video in his... Read more

Brooklyn Bishop Robert Brennan said he is “appalled” that a church in his diocese was used to shoot a provocative music video, released Oct. 31, 2023, with the prelate set to investigate why the more-than-100-year-old Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church permitted the controversial video to be recorded on its property.

Brooklyn bishop ‘appalled’ over music video shot in Catholic church, will investigate

Nov 2, 2023

By Joe Bukuras

Brooklyn Bishop Robert Brennan said he is “appalled” that a church there was used to shoot a provocative music video,... Read more

The damaged altar of St. Augustine Catholic Church in Brooklyn, New York City, N.Y.

Tabernacle stolen from Brooklyn parish church

May 29, 2022

By CNA Staff

A tabernacle has been stolen from St. Augustine Catholic Church in the Park Slope neighborhood of New York City’s Brooklyn... Read more

Emergency personnel crowd the streets near a subway station in New York City on April 12, 2022, after at least 16 people were injured during a rush-hour shooting in the Brooklyn borough of New York.

Bishop 'horrified' by Brooklyn shooting, asks prayers for injured and first responders

Apr 12, 2022

By CNA Staff

Bishop Robert Brennan of Brooklyn urged prayer for those injured in a shooting at a subway station in the New... Read more

Bishop Paul Sanchez.

Pope Francis accepts resignation of Brooklyn auxiliary bishop at age 75

Mar 30, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Bishop Paul Sanchez had served as an auxiliary since 2012. Read more

Bishop Raymond Chappetto, who retired as Auxiliary Bishop of Brooklyn March 7, 2022.

Brooklyn auxiliary bishop resigns at age 76

Mar 7, 2022

By Joe Bukuras

The resignation of Bishop Raymond Francis Chappetto as Auxiliary Bishop of Brooklyn was accepted Monday by Pope Francis. Read more

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