Rev. Alexander Piñacúe talks with parishioners outside St. Joan of Arc Church in Jackson Heights, Queens. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Hispanic Priests Get Ready to Welcome the Pope

Brooklyn, Latino, Religion August 21, 2015 at 3:04 pm

Three newly ordained priests from the Diocese of Brooklyn await the opportunity to meet Pope Francis, El Diario reports.

“Some people seek me out to fix their figurines when they are badly damaged. They do it because they have beautiful memories attached to them and they want to preserve them.” (Courtesy photo via Diario de México)

Mexican Artisan Restores Religious Statues

Business, Mexican, Religion August 20, 2015 at 4:47 pm

Socorro Sánchez learned to repair religious images in Mexico and her skills have become her source of income in New York, Diario de México reports.

(Photo by Kinue Imai Weinstein for Voices of NY)

Burmese Baptist Church Holds Fundraiser

East Asian, Queens, Religion August 14, 2015 at 1:13 pm

The 500-member Myanmar Baptist Church of Glendale, New York, held a fundraiser in Sunnyside, Queens on Aug. 8.

Preparing the chair that Pope Francis will use when he holds Mass at Madison Square Garden on Sept. 25. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Hispanic Workers Prepare for Pope’s NYC Visit

Health, Latino, Metro Area, Religion August 10, 2015 at 2:55 pm

Ahead of the Sept. 24-25 visit, day laborers are building the chair Pope Francis will use as he holds Mass, while wives of day laborers are embroidering altar cloths for the liturgies he will officiate, reports El Diario.

St. Joseph’s Church (Photo by Joe Chen via The Lo-Down)

Fujianese Parishoners Lose Church in Chinatown

East Asian, Manhattan, Religion August 6, 2015 at 10:45 am

The Chinese congregation of the now-shuttered St. Joseph’s Church, the majority of whom come from Fujian province in China, have been encouraged to attend the Church of the Transfiguration. But “ninety-nine percent won’t go,” a parishioner tells The Lo-Down.

Churchgoers hold up the letter sent to them by the Roman Curia stating that they would come to a final resolution in September. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Bronx Congregation Stands Up Against Church Closing

Bronx, Latino, Religion August 3, 2015 at 6:02 pm

St. Roch parishioners are fighting to keep the church open until the Vatican makes a decision on their appeal, El Diario reports.

Parishioners of the Church of the Holy Agony in El Barrio organized a flea market to raise funds and try to avoid the closing. (Photo by Zaira Cortés via El Diario)

Thousands of NYC Catholics Say Goodbye to Their Churches

New York, Religion July 28, 2015 at 4:37 pm

Some 7,000 parishioners went to Mass for the last time this weekend at Catholic churches set to close later this summer because of budget cuts, El Diario reports.

Whirling Dervish performing at the Iftar dinner at Temple Emanu-El (Photo by Kinue Imai Weinstein for Voices of NY)

An Iftar at Temple Emanu-El

Temple Emanu-El held its first interfaith iftar dinner to mark the end of Ramadan, the month of fasting for Muslims.

The Korean Methodist Church and Institute at 633 W 115th St. (Photo from Yonhap via The Korea Times)

Historic Korean Church Holds Final Services

East Asian, History, Manhattan, Religion June 29, 2015 at 3:26 pm

The building for the Korean Methodist Church and Institute in Upper Manhattan, which also provided space for activists and prominent South Koreans and stored historic documents, will undergo redevelopment, reports The Korea Times. The Korean church was the first of its kind in the city.

Twelve members of musical ensemble Tuna Mayagüezana played at the Catholic mass. (Photo by Víctor Matos via El Diario)

Emotional Mass Precedes National Puerto Rican Day Parade

Manhattan, Religion, Traditions June 8, 2015 at 7:37 pm

A music-filled mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral kicked off the week leading to the National Puerto Rican Day Parade, El Diario reports.

(Photo by Commons license)

Religious Groups Support School Safety Agent Bill

Education, Government, New York, Religion June 3, 2015 at 7:46 pm

A City Council bill that would provide public and private schools a school safety agent at their request has the support of religious groups. The Jewish Daily Forward looks at where officials stand on the bill, including the few council members who oppose it.

Two men guide an altar down a street in Greenwich Village as part of Santacruzan and Flores de Mayo sa Village, an annual Filipino religious celebration.

Annual Parade Honors Colorful Pinoy Traditions

Culture, Religion, Southeast Asian, Traditions June 2, 2015 at 3:01 pm

The Filipino Pastoral Ministry of New York organized the 25th annual cultural and religious parade, Santacruzan and Flores de Mayo sa Village, which takes place in Greenwich Village, reports Balitang America.

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.