Monsignor’s Message – Rosh Hashanah

Posted on Sep 14, 2017

This is a message from Msgr. Kieran Harrington, Vicar for Communications for the Diocese of Brooklyn that appears in The Tablet:

In the coming weeks our Jewish brothers and sisters will celebrate Rosh Hashanah. This marks the beginning of the Jewish New Year. The shofar will sound and soon the people of God will embark on ten days of penitence. It would be good for us to follow the example of our elder brothers and sisters in faith. In a real sense as summer ends, we too begin a new year. Parents and children are given an opportunity to begin anew. Parishes and parishioners all start anew. In a world that is self–indulgent, we can all begin with penance before we start anew.

May God bless you,
Monsignor Kieran Harrington, V.E.

DeSales Media Group’s Sunday Coverage of the Pope’s Visit to Colombia

Posted on Sep 10, 2017

As Pope Francis ended his five-day trip to Colombia on Sunday, the DeSales Media Group wrapped up five days of extensive coverage.

As always, our coverage of the Pope’s visit included live video on NET TV with commentary by Ed Wilkinson, editor of The Tablet, and Liz Fabulas, anchor of Currents. Our journalists and outlets also brought real-time quotes and images, some of which you can see below, to their audiences via social media.

Follow us on social media and our websites for more coverage of this historic visit.

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Pope Francis Farewell Address From Colombia

Posted on Sep 10, 2017

13bis COLOMBIA – Cartagena – 10.09.2017 – 16.30 Port area of Contecar
Holy Mass
Final Remarks of the Holy Father


At the conclusion of this celebration, I would like to thank His Grace Jorge Enrique Jiménez Carvajal, Archbishop of Cartagena, for his kind words on behalf of his brother bishops and the entire people of God.

I also greet President Juan Manuel Santos, the civil authorities, and all those who have taken part in this Eucharistic celebration, whether here or through the communications media.

I am deeply grateful for the hard work and sacrifice that have made this visit possible. Many people helped, giving freely and readily of their time and energy. These have been intense and beautiful days; I have been able to meet many people and to experience many things that have touched me deeply. You have done me much good.

Dear brothers and sisters, I would like to leave you with one last word.  Let us not be content with “taking the first step”. Instead, let us continue our journey anew each day, going forth to encounter others and to encourage concord and fraternity. We cannot just stand still. In this very place, on 8 September 1654, Saint Peter Claver died, after forty years of voluntary slavery, of tireless work on behalf of the poor.  He did not stand still: his first step was followed by many others.  His example draws us out of ourselves to encounter our neighbours. Colombia, your brothers and sisters need you. Go out to meet them.  Bring them the embrace of peace, free of all violence. Be “slaves of peace, forever.”

[Pope Francis]

Pope Francis Final Homily In The Port Of Contecar Colombia

Posted on Sep 10, 2017

COLOMBIA – Cartagena – 10.09.2017 – 16.30
Port area of Contecar
Holy Mass
Homily of the Holy Father


“The Dignity of the Person and Human Rights.”

In this city, which has been called “heroic” for its tenacity in defending freedom two hundred years ago, I celebrate the concluding Mass of my Visit to Colombia. For the past thirty-two years Cartagena de Indias is also the headquarters in Colombia for Human Rights. For here the people cherish the fact that, “thanks to the missionary team formed by the Jesuit priests Peter Claver y Corberó, Alonso de Sandoval and Brother Nicolás González, accompanied by many citizens of the city of Cartagena de Indias in the seventeenth century, the desire was born to alleviate the situation of the oppressed of that time, especially of slaves, of those who implored fair treatment and freedom” (Congress of Colombia 1985, law 95, art. 1).

Here, in the Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver, where the progress and application of human rights in Colombia continue to be studied and monitored in a systematic way, the Word of God speaks to us of forgiveness, correction, community and prayer.

In the fourth sermon of Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus speaks to us, who have decided to support the community, to us, who value life together and dream of a project that includes everyone. The preceding text is that of the good shepherd who leaves the ninety-nine sheep to go after the one that is lost. This fact pervades the entire text: there is no one too lost to deserve our care, our closeness and our forgiveness. From this perspective, we can see that a fault or a sin committed by one person challenges us all, but involves, primarily, the victim of someone’s sin.  He or she is called to take the initiative so that whoever has caused the harm is not lost.

During these past few days I have heard many testimonies from those who have reached out to people who had harmed them; terrible wounds that I could see in their own bodies; irreparable losses that still bring tears. Yet they have reached out, have taken a first step on a different path to the one already travelled. For decades Colombia has yearned for peace but, as Jesus teaches, two sides approaching each other to dialogue is not enough; it has also been necessary to involve many more actors in this dialogue aimed at healing sins. The Lord tells us in the Gospel: “If your brother does not listen to you, take one or two others along with you” (Mt 18:16).

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Pope Francis Blessing at Homeless Shelter Cartagena

Posted on Sep 10, 2017

COLOMBIA – Cartagena– 10.09.2017 – 10.30 St Francis Square Blessing and laying of the corner-stones for homeless shelters and Talitha Qum works Blessing of the Holy



Let us pray.
Blessed are you, O Lord, the God of mercy,
Who in your Son You have given us
an admirable example of charity
and through Him you have strongly recommended to us the commandment to love;
fill with your blessings
these servants of yours,
who wish to devote themselves generously
to the help of their brothers;
so that, in urgent needs,
they may serve you faithfully and fully
in the person of their neighbor.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

[Pope Francis]

Pope Francis Address at La Macarena

Posted on Sep 10, 2017

COLOMBIA – Medellín – 09.09.2017 – 16.00
La Macarena Stadium

Encounter with priests, religious, consecrated persons, seminarians and their families

Address of the Holy Father


Dear Brother Bishops,
Dear Priests, Men and Women Religious, and Seminarians,
Dear Families, Dear “Paisas”!

The parable of the true vine which we have just heard from the Gospel of John is given within the context of Jesus’ Last Supper. In that intimate moment, marked by a certain tension but full of love, the Lord washed the feet of his disciples, and wished to perpetuate his memory in the bread and wine, as he spoke from the depths of his heart to those he loved the most.

In this first “Eucharistic” night, in this first sunset after his example of service, Jesus opens his heart; he entrusts to them his testament. Just as the Apostles, some women and Mary, the Mother of Jesus (cf. Acts 1: 13-14) continued to meet in that Upper Room, so too we are gathered here together to listen to him, to listen to one another. Sister Leidy of Saint Joseph, María Isabel and Father Juan Felipe have offered us their testimonies… So also each of us here could share our own vocation story. All these would converge in our experience of Jesus who comes to meet us, who chooses us first, thus seizing our hearts. As Aparecida says: “Knowing Jesus is the best gift that any person can receive; that we have encountered him is the best thing that has happened in our lives, and making him known by our word and deeds is our joy” (Aparecida Document, 29).

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Pope Francis Homily At Enrique Olaya Herrera Airport

Posted on Sep 10, 2017

COLOMBIA – Medellín – 09.09.2017 – 10.15
Enrique Olaya Herrera Airport
Holy Mass
Homily of the Holy Father


“The Christian Life as Discipleship”

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

During the Mass on Thursday in Bogotá, we heard Jesus calling his first disciples; the part of Luke’s Gospel which opens with this passage, concludes with the call of the Twelve. What are the evangelists reminding us of between these two events? That this journey of following Jesus involved a great work of purification in his first followers. Some of the precepts, prohibitions and mandates made them feel secure; fulfilling certain practices and rites dispensed them from the uncomfortable question: “What would God like us to do?” The Lord Jesus tells them that their fulfilment involves following him, and that this journey will make them encounter lepers, paralytics and sinners. These realities demand much more than a formula, an established norm. The disciples learned that following Jesus presupposes other priorities, other considerations in order to serve God. For the Lord, as also for the first community, it is of the greatest importance that we who call ourselves disciples not cling to a certain style or to particular practices that cause us to be more like some Pharisees than like Jesus. Jesus’ freedom contrasts with the lack of freedom seen in the doctors of the law of that time, who were paralyzed by a rigorous interpretation and practice of that law. Jesus does not live according to a superficially “correct” observance; he brings the law to its fullness. This is what he wants for us, to follow him in such a way as to go to what is essential, to be renewed, and to get involved. These are three attitudes that must form our lives as disciples.

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Pope Francis Greeting At Hogar San Jose

Posted on Sep 10, 2017

COLOMBIA – Medellín – 09.09.2017 – 15.00
Encounter in the Hogar San José
Greeting of the Holy Father


Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Dear Boys and Girls,

I am very happy to be with you here at “Saint Joseph’s Home”. Thank you for the welcome you prepared for me. I am grateful also to the director, Monsignor Armando Santamaría, for his words.

I wish to express my thanks to you, Claudia Yesenia, for your courageous testimony. Hearing all of the difficulties you experienced, I thought of the unjust suffering of so many boys and girls throughout the world, who have been and continue to be innocent victims of the evil that others commit.

The Baby Jesus was also a victim of hatred and persecution; he too had to run away with his family, to leave his country and his home, in order to escape death. To see children suffer, wounds our hearts because children are Jesus’ favourites. We can never accept that they are mistreated, that they are denied the right to live out their childhood peacefully and joyfully, that they are denied a future of hope.

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Catholics Care: Hurricane Relief Fund

Posted on Sep 10, 2017

Catholics Care Hurricane ReliefThe Diocese of Brooklyn wants to do its part to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma. Here are some ways you can help.

Donate Now

  • Make an online donation
  • Text “Catholics Care” to (917) 722-4565 to donate via SMS. (Standard text messaging rates apply.)

Volunteer Your Time

We are sending 100 Catholic volunteers from Brooklyn and Queens to help with the hurricane relief effort. You are needed to help rebuild the cities, homes and lives of those affected by these natural disasters.

To help, follow these steps:

  • Talk to your doctor about the trip. If you are healthy enough to participate, have your doctor write and sign a note verifying your fitness.
  • Download and fill out this form.
  • Email the signed doctor’s note and the completed and signed form to, or mail them to DeSales Media Group, Attention: Catholics Care, 1712 Tenth Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11215

We will be in touch with you soon after to organize the trip. Thank you for your support!

DeSales Media Group’s Coverage of Catholic Day at Citi Field

Posted on Sep 9, 2017

The Diocese of Brooklyn hosted Catholic Day at Citi Field on Saturday, Sept. 9. The day began with a Mass by Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, followed by a Catholic festival featuring live music, food trucks, games and Catholic activities. A sampling of our social media coverage is below.


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