St. Francis of Assisi
Thousands of people lined up for hours outside of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, many of them trying to get a glimpse of the animals that were being blessed.
Pope Francis urged princes, presidents, sheiks and thousands of ordinary people to protect the environment, the weakest and the poorest, mapping out a clear focus of his priorities as leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics.
Fr. Convertino had an inspiration — seemingly from above — to use text messaging for a higher purpose.
Dignitaries including Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Sen. Charles Schumer attended a morning prayer service at St. Patrick’s Cathedral led by Cardinal Timothy Dolan.
It’s a dog in the likeness of a real canine, Lexington, a 15-year-old yellow lab and loyal companion to St. Patrick’s rector Monsignor Robert Ritchie.
It was a different flock that gathered for church services on Sunday morning, as congregants of the two- and four-legged varieties gathered in Morningside Heights.