New York Archdiocese issues five-phase plan to gradually reopen churches

Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York and other church officials announced a multistep plan to reopen the 288 parish churches of the archdiocese as the coronavirus pandemic eases.

Retired Sisters of Charity of New York to receive care at Jewish home

Twenty-six Sisters of Charity of New York will soon move into assisted living facilities at Jewish Home Lifecare in the Bronx after a multiyear study conducted by the religious congregation found it was "no longer feasible to continue doing our retirement ministry on our own."

Most of the sisters had been living at Mount St. Vincent Convent in the Bronx and Mary the Queen Convent in Yonkers, two of the facilities where the congregation's retired sisters currently reside. The third facility is St. Patrick's Villa in Nanuet.

Dolan, Catholics, fight effort for same-sex marriage

NEW YORK -- With a push on by supporters of same-sex marriage to legalize it in New York State, supporters of traditional marriage -- including New York's archbishop -- are mounting their own campaigns to keep marriage as a union between one man and one woman.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has made clear that he will sign a bill legalizing same-sex marriage but said recently he will not introduce one in the state Senate session that ends June 20 unless he's comfortable that the votes are there to pass it.

On May 24, more than 350 people attended a morning rally outside the Capitol in Albany, and hundreds more met with lawmakers in their offices later that day, according to organizers of the event.

Other recent efforts to fight any such measure included a rally in the Bronx that drew several thousand people, a pledge by the advocacy group National Organization for Marriage that it will spend $1.5 million in advertising and campaign contributions to head off same-sex marriage, and a blog posting by Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan saying that the definition of marriage is "hard-wired into our human reason."