Garba in the City at Chelsea Piers (Photo bvia India News Times)

Hindu Festival Navratri Observed

Culture, New York, Religion, South Asian, Traditions October 21, 2015 at 2:45 pm

Various celebrations of the Hindu festival Navratri were held in the New York metropolitan area, News India Times reports.

Sister Patricia Marie Williams. (Photo by Benjamin Parkin, via The Uptowner)

Uncertain Future for Harlem-Based Order of Black Nuns

Black, Manhattan, Religion, Women October 8, 2015 at 4:14 pm

A Harlem convent is struggling to revitalize itself amidst a decline in the nun population, reports The Uptowner.

(Courtesy of the Office of Mayor Bill de Blasio)

Look Who Just Got an IDNYC

New York, Politics, Religion September 25, 2015 at 6:54 pm

Pope Francis has joined more than half a million New Yorkers as the newest holder of the IDNYC.

Savat Chan with the pagoda he built (Photo by Shannon Geis via Ditmas Park Corner)

A Pagoda Hand Crafted for Cambodian Temple

Asian, Religion September 21, 2015 at 4:00 pm

A hand crafted pagoda is donated by the person who made it to a Cambodian temple, reports Ditmas Park Corner.

Abeer Hoque reading the words of murdered Bangladeshi blogger Avijit Roy, whose image is projected behind her  at the PEN American Center event, Unslain Words (Photo by William Mathis for Voices of NY)

Bangladeshi Writers Honor the Silenced

Brooklyn, Featured Posts, Religion, South Asian September 18, 2015 at 4:33 pm

In the wake of the murder of bloggers in Bangladesh, Bangladeshi writers spoke out recently at a PEN American Center meeting in support of free speech and secularism.

(Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Pope Cookies Sell Like Hotcakes

Bronx, Food, Religion September 10, 2015 at 3:15 pm

A Bronx bakery sells a traditional New York cookie with the face of Pope Francis, El Diario reports.

Hispanic Priests Get Ready to Welcome the Pope

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.