Relics in New York City


A visual exploration of relics in New York City, at various Catholic places of worship throughout the city. Included in the virtual tour are the Padre Pio, Mother Cabrini and Mother Seton shrines and the Transfiguration Church in Chinatown.

Community solidarity in a church in Brooklyn

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Ines Novacic reports on how the congregation of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Brooklyn stood strong in the face of a vandalism attack on two sacred statues.

Finding God on the throne

Manhattan New York Temple

Prayer and bathrooms are often not referred to in the same breath. But for Shayla Osborn, a member of the Manhattan New York Temple of Latter Day Saints, praying out loud is an important part of her faith.

Renewal of faith in the Eucharist

Pope Benedict XVI during a papal audience at St. Peter's Square in Vatican City. | Photo by Trinna Leong.

Opus Dei members believe in following strictly the guidelines of faith — that includes gaining deeper understanding of the importance of the Eucharist and mass. A retreat session for its members serves as gentle reminders and reinforces their beliefs in Catholicism.

Sikhs take a bow

A priest at a gurdwara in Queens, New York carries an offering of scarves to cover the Sikh holy book Guru Granth Sahib | Photo courtesy of the AP

On a rainy Thursday night at the Manhattan Sikh Association center, a woman, her child, and the entire congregation have gathered for a service to to express their devotion to and meditate on the spiritual content of the Sikh holy scripture.

Genuflecting to the Blessed Sacrament

Opus Dei

Genuflection, an act of devotion by touching one knee to the ground is symbolized in the Catholic Church as a mark of respect in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament. These days, however, it is uncommon to find most practitioners genuflecting in churches. At most, churchgoers cross themselves upon entry into their place of worship.

Meet God halfway and He will come


On a rainy Friday night, two young men in their mid-twenties arrive early for prayer at Congregation Ramath Orah on 110th Street off Broadway in Manhattan.

Welcoming new members to the church family

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Sean and Anna Yun brought their 13-month-old daughter Vera to Redeemer Presbyterian Church on a recent Sunday for the child’s Christian rite of baptism.

Teachings of tolerance

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Early every morning, the Rev. Sammy Taylor rings the doorbell of 15 West 124th Street to say mass for the convent of the Franciscan Handmaids of Mary. Because the Catholic faith prohibits women from saying mass, the Sisters must have a chaplain officiate the service.

A worshipper’s secret

A shrine to Padre Pio sits alone in a Brooklyn neighborhood | Photo by Anam Siddiq

Religious followers of visit St. John the Baptist Church in midtown Manhattan to share their secrets, hopes and prayers with the beloved saint, Padre Pio. Many find the ritual act of kissing the relics and speaking to the saint their way of asking for his healing intercession.

Worshipping with 2,000 at Redeemer Presbyterian

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Redeemer Presbyterian Church, a megachurch located in Hunter College Auditorium on 69th st. attracts over 2,000 congregants in the heart of the city.

Holy faces and faith


Every Sunday afternoon St. George’s Episcopal Church on 14-02 27th Avenue in Astoria, Queens transforms into Sts. Peter and Paul Romanian Orthodox Church.

A Jewish tradition of ‘ascent’ on Park Avenue

Park Avenue Synagogue

On the Upper East Side of Manhattan, nine men stand around anxiously at 7:30 a.m. on a Saturday morning, prayer shawls yet to be adorned, hoping a tenth will arrive.

Belief on Bedford Avenue

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In the changing Brooklyn neighborhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant, one church holds its own as the bedrock for its congregants – young and old.

The Pope: A false prophet?

Benedict XVI

The weekly celebration of the Eucharist at St. John’s in the Village Church, ostensibly follows the traditional Roman Catholic Church model for mass. On closer inspection however, there is something decidedly un-Catholic — at least by The Church’s standards — about this congregation, organized by the New York chapter of DignityUSA: the congregants are all members of the LGBT community.

Exegesis of the Holy Quran


On a recent evening, 25 students sit on the floor of the Islamic Center at New York University to hear class in Quran taught by Dr. Ali Mermer.

A sound with swagger

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The unique sound and ‘”swagger” of the of New Life Tabernacle’s Mass Choir has been getting people, especially young adults, inside church doors.

Praying the novena

Claudia Del Castillo

Claudio Del Castillo, a secular Catholic from Columbia, on praying the novena.

A community reborn: Three generations in Brooklyn

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The Catholic Holy Ghost Church has been in Williamsburg for 99 years. It has become home to many generations of Ukrainians.

Faith in translation: A walk along Bedford Avenue

Ludwig Jones, sporting his Kente cloth bowtie, in homage to Black History Month. | Photo by Anam Siddiq

Local churches in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn reflect on their diversifying community of congregants.

A lesson in calling your grandma

The Manhattan New York Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 125 Columbus Avenue. | Photo Courtesy of: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Rachel Hope, a teacher in the Relief Society, leads a discussion on the need to show love for others.

Extreme Makeover for Williamsburg Russian Orthodox Cathedral

Leaking from the roof caused water damage in the south wall.

The 100-year old Russian Orthodox Church of the Transfiguration of our Lord in Williamsburg, Brooklyn was built between 1916 and 1921. It hasn’t had a major renovation since 1978, but after several years of a broad fundraising campaign, repairs are finally under way.

Lifting holy hands


Vigorous whole-body worship is par for the course at one of New York’s fastest growing churches, an offshoot of Hillsong Church, a vaguely Pentecostal evangelical group based out of Australia.

Teaching the word of God


A glimpse into religious education at Mt. Carmel Parish in Brooklyn.