Cardinal Timothy Dolan
Cardinal Timothy Dolan showed his support for Coptic Christians at a prayer service on Thursday, after the massacre of 21 followers of the faith by Islamic State militants.
Worshipers from all over the world filed into St. Patrick’s Cathedral to mark the start of the Season of Lent with ashes — a symbol of penance made sacramental by the blessing of the church.
Pope Francis and Cardinal Timothy Dolan have denounced the beheadings of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians by Islamic State militants, with Dolan saying the attacks threaten “civilization itself.”
The battle lines are drawn as the Catholic church says it will fight efforts to legalize doctor-assisted suicide.
Cardinal Timothy Dolan led the celebration, noting the presence of Mayor Bill de Blasio in the congregation.
Cardinal Timothy Dolan called the death of two police officers ambushed in their car “brutal and irrational” and expressed his solidarity and love for their fellow officers.
Money woes continue for New York’s Catholic churches as more parishes could close next year.
Mayor Bill de Blasio and Cardinal Timothy Dolan are joining forces to break ground at a new community housing development in the Bronx.
Following the animal blessing, workers sprayed the pews with disinfectant to ensure they were ready for human worshipers.
Francis confirmed Monday that he will attend the World Meeting of Families conference in Philadelphia in September 2015. Detailed plans for the visit won’t be announced until the spring or summer.
The closings are part of an effort to cut costs and reduce the number of parishes, which archdiocese officials have said is excessive.
The New York Archdiocese on Wednesday said it will soon announce which parishes in the Lower Hudson Valley will merge or close.
Cardinal Timothy Dolan told “CBS This Morning” Wednesday that a provisional document showing unprecedented opening toward gays was a rough draft that needs major reworking.
Dogs, cats, kittens and one rabbit were assembled outside St. Patrick’s Cathedral for the annual Blessing of the Animals.
Pope Francis set a forgiving tone as the couples tied the knot under the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica.