Religion

Elderly parishioners at the St. Joseph of the Palisades in West New York were offered fake tickets to see Pope Francis when he visits in the fall. (Photo by Jimmy Emerson, DVM, Creative Commons license)

Papal Tickets Scam Targets Hispanics

Metro Area, Religion, Seniors May 19, 2015 at 12:35 pm

Senior Hispanic parishioners have been offered fraudulent tickets to see Pope Francis on his next visit to New York, El Diario reports.

Congregants faced the site where Our Lady of Vilnius once stood, remembering what the 105-year-old church represented for the Lithuanian community. (Photo via The Villager)

Lithuanians Bid Final Farewell to Century-Old Church

Eastern European, History, Religion April 30, 2015 at 5:11 pm

Members of the Lithuanian community in the metro area paid tribute to Our Lady of Vilnius, the 105-year-old “spiritual and cultural home” now being demolished, reports The Villager.

“Our people are being crucified,” said community organizer Juan Carlos Ruiz. (Photo by Gerardo Romo via El Diario)

‘Our People Are Being Crucified’

Immigration, Latino, Religion April 3, 2015 at 4:32 pm

Local Hispanic churches are devoting their Holy Week ceremonies to the plight of undocumented immigrants, El Diario reports.

(Photo via video from Mott Haven Herald)

If St. Roch Closes, Elderly Parishioners Will Stay Home

Bronx, Religion, Seniors March 4, 2015 at 1:19 pm

Many of the older members of the congregation at St. Roch in Mott Haven will watch Mass on their TV rather than attend another church if the Archdiocese closes St. Roch in late summer, reports Mott Haven Herald, which captures reaction from parishioners in an accompanying video.

Congregants at the African Methodist Episcopal Church in Flushing. (Photo by Eric Jankiewicz via The Queens Courier)

Historic Flushing Church Facing Demolition

African American, History, Queens, Religion February 19, 2015 at 3:39 pm

A Flushing Church which served as a stop on the Underground Railroad in the 19th century faces demolition, and some congregants are concerned, reports the Queens Courier.

Rev. Danilo LaChapel (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Hispanic Church Spearheads Social Change in the Bronx

Bronx, Latino, Religion, Social Services February 18, 2015 at 11:35 am

The Spanish Evangelical Church in the Bronx offers food and preaches social justice to an impoverished community, El Diario reports.

Musicians from The Bhakti Center at the Jan. 25 event. (Photo via The Villager)

Different Faiths Make Spiritual Sounds

Culture, Manhattan, Religion February 4, 2015 at 1:02 pm

The sixth annual Spiritual Sounds musical event was held in the East Village on Jan. 25, The Villager reports.

Dòwòti Désir, a Manbo Asogwe in Haitian Vodou. (Photo by Rachael Bongiorno via Feet in 2 Worlds)

Understanding Vodou

Caribbean, Metro Area, Religion, Traditions January 8, 2015 at 12:03 pm

A vodou ceremony in New Jersey connects participants with their African roots and honors both the living and the dead, Feet in 2 Worlds reports.

St. Joseph's Church in Chinatown (Photo via Sing Tao Daily)

St. Joseph’s Church in Chinatown To Close

East Asian, Manhattan, Religion January 5, 2015 at 3:07 pm

The planned closing of St. Joseph’s Church in Chinatown has upset congregation members, many of whom are Chinese immigrants, Sing Tao Daily reports.

by Jack D'Isidoro

A Pastor From Ghana Offers Blessings

African, Bronx, Featured Posts, Religion, Voices' Picks December 12, 2014 at 7:44 pm

Members of the largely West African congregation of Rev. Eric Kofi Owusu say his blessings, which are characteristic of a kind of Pentecostal Christianity practiced in Ghana, are worth every penny of their offerings.

(Photo by Humberto Arellano via EDLP)

Virgin of Guadalupe Caught in the Crossfire in NYC

Mexican, Religion December 12, 2014 at 1:58 pm

This year, the traditional Guadalupan Torch (Antorcha Guadalupana) run will not reach St. Patrick’s Cathedral, El Diario reports.

The Antorcha Guadalupana run in which participants take turns carrying the torch. (Photo by Gerardo Romo via El Diario)

Has the Virgin of Guadalupe Lost Some Appeal?

Immigration, Mexican, Religion, Youth December 8, 2014 at 4:38 pm

The change in attitude toward the Virgin of Guadalupe reflects the different experiences of two generations of immigration activists, El Diario reports. 

The Return of Simbang Gabi

The Return of Simbang Gabi

Featured Posts, Religion, Video December 8, 2014 at 3:17 pm

The traditional Filipino Christmas mass was again celebrated at the Philippine Center on Fifth Avenue, to the joy of celebrants.

Reverends Kahli Mootoo and church board member Harry Isaac at Bright Temple AME Church. (Photo by Danny R. Peralta via Hunts Point Express)

Hunts Point Churches Share the Faith

Bronx, Religion November 19, 2014 at 6:45 pm

Despite being of different denominations, Pentecostal Iglesia Cristiana Emmanuel and Bright Temple African Methodist Episcopal Church are sharing pews and a pulpit in hopes of turning around their financially-strapped situations, reports Hunts Point Express.

Faith in Affordable Housing and ‘Life’s Essentials’

Faith in Affordable Housing and ‘Life’s Essentials’

Culture, Government, Housing, Religion, Video November 13, 2014 at 3:05 pm

In this episode of CUNY TV’s “Independent Sources,” clergy find ways to build affordable housing; Immigrant Affairs Commissioner Nisha Agarwal meets with the community and ethnic press; and the grandson of Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee directs a documentary on the couple.