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After the Mass at which he was ordained in St. Patrick’s Cathedral June 26, Deacon John Tomasicchio recalled the beginning of his personal journey to the permanent diaconate. more
A federal agency has determined that California can continue to demand that all health plans under the jurisdiction of the state’s Department of Managed Health Care—“even those purchased by churches and other religious organizations”—cover elective abortions for any reason. more
Bishop Dennis Sullivan of Camden, N.J., served as principal celebrant of the Mass for the Profession of Perpetual Vows of four Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal June 6 at Our Lady of Good Counsel … more
Assist and accompany refugees while working to build peace in the world, Pope Francis urged on the eve of World Refugee Day. more
U.S. Rep. Chris Smith, R-New Jersey, said June 16 that “religious liberty is called America’s ‘first freedom.’” more
“Witnesses to Freedom” is the theme of the U.S. bishops’ fifth annual Fortnight for Freedom, which opens June 21, the vigil of the feast of SS. Thomas More and John Fisher, and closes on Independence Day, July 4. more
Recognizing St. Mary Magdalene’s role as the first to witness Christ’s resurrection and as a “true and authentic evangelizer,” Pope Francis raised the July 22 memorial of St. Mary Magdalene to a feast on the Church’s liturgical calendar, the Vatican announced. more
A new plan to fight poverty announced by House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and House Republicans June 7 is a good start, but it needs to be something everyone in Congress works on together, said Miami Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski. more
The seventh annual New York Catholic Bible Summit will celebrate the jubilee year of mercy at the New York Catholic Center, 1011 First Ave. in Manhattan, on Saturday, June 18.The archdiocesan … more
Three members of the archdiocese’s Central Papal Visit Office received papal honors for their work in planning and executing the visit of Pope Francis to the Archdiocese of New York this past … more
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