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The Tablet In print since 1908, The Tablet is the award-winning newspaper of the Roman Catholic Diocese in Brooklyn and Queens.

The Tablet, headquartered in Park Slope, is the official newspaper of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens. Published weekly, the paper stays on top of local, national and international Catholic news. The Tablet is a subsidiary of DeSales Media Group, Inc. and is published by and in the interest of The Diocese of Brooklyn.

06/27/2019

The Tablet speaks with Youth Ambassadors from the Vicariate of Black Catholic Concerns who are heading to Puerto Rico for their annual mission trip next week.

DeSales Media Group, the parent company of The Tablet, Nuestra Voz, NET TV and Currents News picked up some new hardware...
06/26/2019
DeSales Media Group Racks Up 50 CPA Awards - The Tablet

DeSales Media Group, the parent company of The Tablet, Nuestra Voz, NET TV and Currents News picked up some new hardware this past weekend.

The Tablet, Nuestra Voz, NET-TV and DeSales Media Group took home a total of 50 Catholic Press Association awards, including Best TV Station (NET-TV), Best Multimedia Package and Best Reporting on Vocations to Priesthood, Religious Life or Diaconate.

A 25-year-old father and his nearly 2-year-old daughter drowned in the Rio Grande River on the U.S.-Mexico border in Tex...
06/26/2019
Photo of Drowned Migrant Father and Daughter Shocks Nation - The Tablet

A 25-year-old father and his nearly 2-year-old daughter drowned in the Rio Grande River on the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas. A photo of their bodies has gone viral and has become the latest flashpoint in the issue of immigration at the southern border.

*Warning: Some readers may find this image disturbing.

A searing photo of a migrant father and daughter who drowned in the Rio Grande River on the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas has gone viral, becoming the latest flashpoint in the issue of immigration at the southern border.

Benjamin Barragan has been reunited with his two sons and wife, Maria, in New York. Maria is battling stage 4 cancer and...
06/26/2019
Family Reunited as Mother Battles Terminal Cancer - The Tablet

Benjamin Barragan has been reunited with his two sons and wife, Maria, in New York. Maria is battling stage 4 cancer and doctors say she only has weeks to live.

On the morning of June 25, Benjamin Barragan had an emotional reunion with his two sons at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK). His wife, Maria, wasn’t there.

The young Catholic leaders will spend a week volunteering with Diocese of Caguasa in the southern region of Puerto Rico.
06/25/2019
From Brooklyn and Queens to Puerto Rico, VBCC Teens Are Ready to Serve - The Tablet

The young Catholic leaders will spend a week volunteering with Diocese of Caguasa in the southern region of Puerto Rico.

It was the eve before a fundraising gala dinner for the Vicariate of Black Catholic Concerns’ Youth Leadership Ambassador Program (VBCC), and the young leaders were learning how to sway their hips at the precise moment to the rhythm of the beat without stepping on their two feet.The next day, they...

The court had originally ordered the abortion despite the disabled mother’s objections and her family’s promise that...
06/25/2019
UK Pro-Life Groups Praise Appeal Court for Stopping Forced Abortion - The Tablet

The court had originally ordered the abortion despite the disabled mother’s objections and her family’s promise that they would care for the child.

A panel of Court of Appeal judges has halted a court-ordered abortion in the United Kingdom, overturning a decision made June 21 in a case involving a mentally disabled woman.

St. James Cathedral-Basilica is one of just two churches in the Brooklyn Diocese that offers a sign language interpreter...
06/24/2019
Sign-Language Interpreter a Blessing at St. James Cathedral-Basilica - The Tablet

St. James Cathedral-Basilica is one of just two churches in the Brooklyn Diocese that offers a sign language interpreter at Mass.

Marie Taccogna has been using sign language since she was 7 months old. Both of her parents are deaf, and so are her two adult children. And for the past 44 years, she’s worked as a sign-language interpreter herself.

By attending Mass, Catholics are blessed to become “channels of goodness” in the world, Pope Francis said.
06/24/2019
On Corpus Christi, Pope Says Eucharist Is the Antidote to Selfishness - The Tablet

By attending Mass, Catholics are blessed to become “channels of goodness” in the world, Pope Francis said.

On the Catholic feast of Corpus Christi Sunday, Pope Francis said that in a culture obsessed with profit and personal gain, the Eucharist is a remedy for selfishness, inviting people to imitate Christ in sharing themselves with and for others.

Cardinal Dolan’s remarks came during a panel on the  25th anniversary of diplomatic ties between the Holy See and Isra...
06/21/2019
NY Cardinal Says Vatican-Israel Ties Have Made ‘World a Better Place’ - The Tablet

Cardinal Dolan’s remarks came during a panel on the 25th anniversary of diplomatic ties between the Holy See and Israel.

Reflecting on the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between the Holy See and Israel, New York’s Cardinal Timothy Dolan hailed the occasion as an international achievement that has “quite literally made the world a better place.”

The June 20 ruling reversed a lower court decision made last year regarding the 93-year-old World War I memorial.
06/21/2019
Update: Historic Cross on Public Property Can Stay, Supreme Court Rules - The Tablet

The June 20 ruling reversed a lower court decision made last year regarding the 93-year-old World War I memorial.

For nearly a century, the 40-foot cross "has expressed the community's grief at the loss of the young men who perished, its thanks for their sacrifice, and its dedication to the ideals for which they fought. It has become a prominent community landmark."

The dinner benefits the more than 160 programs and services that Catholic Charities Brooklyn & Queens offers.
06/20/2019
Brooklyn/Queens Catholic Charities Dinner Raises $1.3M, Honors Donors - The Tablet

The dinner benefits the more than 160 programs and services that Catholic Charities Brooklyn & Queens offers.

Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio and Catholic Charities Brooklyn & Queens hosted on June 19 the agency’s annual humanitarian awards and benefit dinner, a fundraiser held this year at Cipriani Wall Street in Manhattan.

06/20/2019
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Sister Corita Kent's (Corita Art Center) faith-inspired pop art was in magazines, stamps and even museums... gracing the same walls as Andy Warhol. Now you can see her amazing work until June 22 at the Andrew Kreps Gallery in New York.

On June 12 Pope Francis declared Father Augustus Tolton “venerable” within the Church.
06/19/2019
Former Runaway Slave One Step Closer to Sainthood - The Tablet

On June 12 Pope Francis declared Father Augustus Tolton “venerable” within the Church.

A former runaway slave who grew up to become the first African-American Catholic priest is now one step closer to being the first black American saint.Pope Francis recognized the heroic virtue of Father Augustus Tolton and on June 12 declared him “venerable” within the Church. With that decree, ...

Since the recent rise in measles cases, the Catholic Church is restating its support of vaccines.
06/19/2019
Vaccines Preserve 'Moral Health' of Communities, Say Church Experts - The Tablet

Since the recent rise in measles cases, the Catholic Church is restating its support of vaccines.

Measles, chicken pox and other diseases are making a comeback as more parents are choosing not to vaccinate their children out of the fear of side effects, especially with regard to the Measles, Mumps and Rubella vaccine.

California is home to more biodiversity than any other state in the country. The new document details how residents can ...
06/18/2019
California’s Bishops Call for Ecological Conversion on ‘Laudato si’ Milestone - The Tablet

California is home to more biodiversity than any other state in the country. The new document details how residents can help their state’s environmental common good.

Timed to mark the 4th anniversary of Laudato si’ -Pope Francis’s landmark document on the environment - the Catholic bishops of California have released a major pastoral statement calling for statewide ecological conversion.

Before the game, DeSales Media and the Office of Catholic Education honored valedictorians and salutatorians from elemen...
06/18/2019
Collars ‘School’ Scholars in Clergy vs. Principals Softball Game - The Tablet

Before the game, DeSales Media and the Office of Catholic Education honored valedictorians and salutatorians from elementary schools in the Brooklyn Diocese.

The annual Collars vs. Scholars game sponsored by DeSales Media, parent group of The Tablet, was part of the Catholic Schools Night celebration June 17 at MCU Park, Coney Island, played prior to the Brooklyn Cyclones-Aberdeen Ironbirds baseball game.

06/17/2019

Catholic School Night at MCU Park is tonight and The Tablet sits down with the reigning MVP, Sister Shirlee Tremont from St. Bernadette Catholic Academy, Dyker Heights. We experienced a brief technical hiccup mid-stream, but stick around to see what Sister Shirlee has to say.

Holy Family Catholic Academy second-grader Philip Saffian is this year’s elementary school handwriting champion.
06/17/2019
It’s All in the ‘Fine Print’ for Holy Family Student - The Tablet

Holy Family Catholic Academy second-grader Philip Saffian is this year’s elementary school handwriting champion.

Philip Saffian, a second-grader at Holy Family Catholic Academy, Fresh Meadows, has the “write” stuff. The 8-year-old was chosen as the national elementary school champion in this year’s Zaner-Bloser National Handwriting Contest.

Whenever he’s been asked about the issue, Pope Francis has clearly stated that priestly celibacy is not up for grabs.
06/17/2019
Married Priests Officially on the Agenda During Amazon Synod - The Tablet

Whenever he’s been asked about the issue, Pope Francis has clearly stated that priestly celibacy is not up for grabs.

Whenever he’s been approached about the issue, Pope Francis is clear that priestly celibacy is not up for grabs, despite the fact that it is a discipline and not doctrine.

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06/17/2019
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Happy birthday, Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio!

We too, can make even the ugliest battlefields beautiful and breathless sites to behold for future generations.
06/14/2019
The View From Omaha Beach - The Tablet

We too, can make even the ugliest battlefields beautiful and breathless sites to behold for future generations.

Some 75 years ago, my uncle and thousands of other young men, some my age, some even younger, stormed Normandy’s beaches. The barbed-wire frontlines of Hitler’s Third Reich were teeming with landmines waiting to blow, Luftwaffe overhead, waiting to strafe.

On Sunday Brooklyn Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio will celebrate his 75th birthday, and in accordance with canon law will subm...
06/14/2019
My Plans in Retirement - The Tablet

On Sunday Brooklyn Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio will celebrate his 75th birthday, and in accordance with canon law will submit his resignation as Bishop to Pope Francis.

My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,On Sunday, June 16, I will celebrate my 75th Birthday. As Canon Law dictates, I must submit my resignation as Bishop of Brooklyn to our Holy Father, Pope Francis. The Holy Father usually does not immediately accept such a resignation, however, as it generally...

“When my brother gave up his life on September 11, he didn’t care who he was saving – he was saving God’s childr...
06/13/2019
Eighteen Years Later, Brother of Fallen Firefighter Still Helping 9/11 Victims - The Tablet

“When my brother gave up his life on September 11, he didn’t care who he was saving – he was saving God’s children."

Frank Siller spoke to The Tablet at a time when Congress is considering a bill to authorize funding for the September 11th Victims Compensation Fund, a federally funded program that compensates victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Congress last authorized funding for the program in 2015 for us...

Pope Francis’ new enactment is meant to help bishops and religious leaders around the world clearly understand their d...
06/12/2019
Group Protests Outside Baltimore Hotel, Objects to Proposals on Abuse - The Tablet

Pope Francis’ new enactment is meant to help bishops and religious leaders around the world clearly understand their duties and Church law.

As has been the case for years now, a small group of protesters dismissive of the U.S. bishops’ efforts to enact reforms in their handling of abuse cases gather outside the Baltimore hotel where they conduct their general meeting.

The facility will continue to remain open up until June 21, when the state must have a decision on whether or not it wil...
06/11/2019
Missouri’s Only Abortion Clinic Will Remain Open for Now - The Tablet

The facility will continue to remain open up until June 21, when the state must have a decision on whether or not it will renew Planned Parenthood’s license to perform abortions.

A St. Louis judge issued a preliminary injunction on June 10, allowing Missouri’s last remaining abortion clinic to remain open as the state decides whether to renew the clinic's license to perform abortions.

Worshipers from the Diocese of Brooklyn came to the crossroads of the world armed with rosaries to share the joy, power ...
06/11/2019
Holy Spirit Hits the Cross Roads of the World - The Tablet

Worshipers from the Diocese of Brooklyn came to the crossroads of the world armed with rosaries to share the joy, power and love of the Holy Spirit.

Worshipers, mainly from the Diocese of Brooklyn, came to share the joy, power and love of the Holy Spirit at the crossroads of the world, donning red T-shirts in honor of the Paraclete.

The college was established in 1967 as a full four-year college seminary serving the dioceses of Brooklyn and Rockville ...
06/10/2019
Cathedral College Marks 50th Anniversary With Mass and Dinner - The Tablet

The college was established in 1967 as a full four-year college seminary serving the dioceses of Brooklyn and Rockville Centre and the Archdiocese of New York.

The first graduating class of Cathedral College of the Immaculate Conception in Douglastown celebrated its 50th anniversary on June 8. The reunion included a Pentecost Mass at the Immaculate Conception Center, followed by a dinner reception.

Pope Francis called for a peaceful resolution to crises in the Middle East, warning that God would unleash his wrath on ...
06/10/2019
Pope Says He Wants to Visit Iraq in 2020 - The Tablet

Pope Francis called for a peaceful resolution to crises in the Middle East, warning that God would unleash his wrath on hypocritical leaders.

Announcing his desire to visit Iraq in 2020, Pope Francis called for a peaceful resolution to crises in the Middle East.

The Supreme Court of Victoria said it would announce its judgment at a later date, giving no indication of when that wou...
06/07/2019
Cardinal Pell Returns to Prison to Await Ruling on Appeal - The Tablet

The Supreme Court of Victoria said it would announce its judgment at a later date, giving no indication of when that would be.

Cardinal George Pell was taken back to prison June 6 at the end of a two-day hearing on his appeal of his conviction on five counts of child sexual abuse.

Participants in the Divine Liturgy included clergy, religious and lay faithful-among them Cardinal Timothy Dolan.
06/07/2019
Overflow Crowd Witnesses Enthronement of Ukrainian Catholic Archbishop - The Tablet

Participants in the Divine Liturgy included clergy, religious and lay faithful-among them Cardinal Timothy Dolan.

If we, as the people of God, "come together and open our hearts to the Holy Spirit, we will see miracles," Metropolitan-Archbishop Boris Gudziak, the new head of the Ukrainian Catholic Church in the United States.

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