Monsignor’s Message – Papal Visit

Posted on Apr 27, 2017

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

In the aftermath of the recent attack in France and the continuous violent persecution of Coptic Christians, the Pope is traveling to Egypt.  Pope Francis and Patriarch Bartholomew will join Pope Tawadros II – Bishop of Alexandria, Patriarch of Egypt and All Africa – at a special peace conference in order to demonstrate a united Christian front against violence and fanaticism. Pontifex, an ancient title for the popes, means bridge-builder. The Holy Father is offering us a courageous lesson about the importance of building bridges within the Christian community and the broader religious world. Let’s all pray that the world may reap the fruits of peace that Pope Francis is sowing. May God bless you.

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

Pope Francis Message For Egypt Visit

Posted on Apr 25, 2017

Below is a Vatican-provided working translation of Pope Francis’ video message in preparation for his visit to Egypt, April 28-29, which was broadcasted this morning in Egypt.
Transcript via

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Dear people of Egypt! Al Salamò Alaikum! Peace be with you!

With a joyful and grateful heart I will come in a few days’ time to visit your dear homeland: cradle of civilization, gift of the Nile, land of sun and hospitality, where Patriarchs and Prophets lived and where God, Clement and Merciful, the One and Almighty, made His voice heard.

I am truly happy to come as a friend, as a messenger of peace and as a pilgrim to the Country that gave, more than two thousand years ago, refuge and hospitality to the Holy Family fleeing from the threats of King Herod (cfr. Mt 2:1-26). I am honoured to visit the land visited by the Holy Family!

I greet you cordially and thank you for having invited me to visit Egypt, which you call “Umm il Dugna” / Mother of the Universe!

I warmly thank Mr. President of the Republic, His Holiness the Patriarch Tawadros II, the Great Imam of Al-Azhar and the Coptic Catholic Patriarch who have invited me; and I thank each one of you, who make space for me in your hearts. I also thank all those people who have worked, and are working, to make this trip possible.

I hope that this visit will be an embrace of consolation and of encouragement to all Christians in the Middle East; a message of friendship and esteem to all inhabitants of Egypt and the region; a message of fraternity and reconciliation to all children of Abraham, particularly in the Islamic world, in which Egypt occupies a primary position. I hope that it may also offer a valid contribution to interreligious dialogue with the Islamic world, and to ecumenical dialogue with the venerated and beloved Coptic Orthodox Church.

Our world, torn by blind violence, which has also afflicted the heart of your dear land – needs peace, love and mercy; it needs workers for peace, free and liberating people, courageous people able to learn from the past to build a future without closing themselves up in prejudices; it needs builders of bridges of peace, dialogue, brotherhood, justice, and humanity.

Dear Egyptian brothers, young and elderly, women and men, Muslims and Christians, rich and poor … I embrace you warmly and ask God Almighty to bless you and protect your country from every evil.

Please, pray for me! Shukran wa Tahiaì Misr! / Thank you, and long live Egypt!

[Original text: Italian – working translation] [Vatican-provided working translation]


NET TV Special Coverage, Papal Visit: Egypt

Posted on Apr 24, 2017

DeSales Media will provide special coverage of Pope Francis’ historic visit to Egypt on April 28th and April 29th on NET TV.

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Monsignor’s Message – Divine Mercy Sunday

Posted on Apr 20, 2017

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

The Canonization Mass of Saint Faustina on April 30th, 2000, Pope John Paul II proclaimed the Second Sunday of Easter to be Divine Mercy. St. Faustina related in her diary that the Lord spoke, saying “Souls perish in spite of My bitter Passion. I am giving them the last hope of salvation, that is, the Feast of My Mercy. If they will not adore My mercy, they will perish for all eternity… Tell souls about this great mercy of Mine, because the awful day, the day of My justice, is near.” We are all sinners. Our salvation requires us to reject sins and embrace Christ. We must allow our old self to be nailed to the cross if we are to rise with Him. The good thief acknowledged that divine justice demanded punishment for his sins. So must we. Yet, if we like the good thief ask for the Lord’s mercy, we too will share in the promise to be with Him in paradise for all eternity.

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

2017 World Communications Day Catholic Media Conference

Posted on Apr 18, 2017

World Communications Day 2017DeSales Media Group is proud to present the Diocese of Brooklyn’s 26th Annual World Communications Day. This year’s event will be in the BRIC Arts Media House, a media space in Brooklyn dedicated to promoting diversity, a perfect fit for this forward-thinking celebration.

The event brings together Catholic film, television, print, and digital content creators, entertainers, newsmakers, educators, innovators, religious leaders, and media executives.

Strengthen your faith, elevate your work, and be a part of an unforgettable experience. Join us in Downtown Brooklyn on May 17, 2017. Learn More and Register at

Monsignor’s Message – Easter Sunday

Posted on Apr 12, 2017

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

He is risen! Our Easter celebration is the Lord’s victory over sin and death. In these last forty days, we have fasted and prayed. We have sought to purify our hearts and put to death inordinate desires. Some of us are in bondage to anger and resentment, others are captive to addictions, others struggle with sadness or ill health. Christ will nail all these to the cross. We are like the good thief, convicted and justly condemned. Yet, if we acknowledge our sins and but beg the Lord to remember us – we can be sure to share with Him eternal life.

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

Monsignor’s Message – 5th Sunday of Lent

Posted on Apr 4, 2017

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

As we continue to move through this season of repentance, we celebrate the fifth Sunday of Lent. in the past, this week was known as Passion Sunday, and the Church entered into the Passion Tide. Traditionally, this time was marked by the veiling or covering all of the statues and religious images in the church. This practice is associated with Saint John’s Gospel when Jesus said, “Very truly, I tell you, before Abraham was, I Am.” This revelation stirred up the anger of the people and they attempted to stone Him but He hid Himself in the temple. On this “Passion” Sunday, we remember that Jesus raised Lazarus, his friend, from the dead. He will do the same for you and me. He will set us free from sin and the wages of sin-death! Like Lazarus, we may encounter suffering and even death. Yet we are unafraid to share in the passion of Christ. We are confident that He will call to us. How we long to hear the words of our Lord who will say to us “Untie him and set him free!”

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

Meet Me In Church

Posted on Sep 16, 2016

This fall we expanded the Meet Me in Church website ( and opened up the submission process to all diocesan organizations.

Initially launched in 2015 to promote the Office of the School of Evangelization’s “Joy of Encountering Christ” program, Meet Me in Church is an open invitation to reconnect and re-engage with the Church and your community.

You can promote your parish, school, or diocesan event by going to and filling out the event information.


9/11 Memorial Mass

Posted on Sep 12, 2016

On Sunday, September 11, the Diocese of Brooklyn held a Memorial Mass, complete with a rendition of Mozart’s Requiem, for the FDNY firefighters who lost their lives on that fateful day 15 years ago. Bishop DiMario celebrated the Mass with the help of the Foundation for the Revival of Classical Culture and the Schiller Institute NYC Community Chorus performing the Requiem. There was also a procession of flags, symbolizing each member of FDNY Battalion 57 who gave the ultimate sacrifice, from Ground Zero in Manhattan, across the Brooklyn Bridge, to the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph, where the mass was held.

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Voter Registration

Posted on Sep 6, 2016

Don’t forget to vote in the New York City Primary Elections on September 13! Polls are open from 6 a.m. – 9 p.m. If you have any questions about where to vote or to check if you are registered, call the NYC Board of Elections at (212) 487-5400, email or go to!