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April 26, 2019

On Friday, May 3, 2019, the Relic Pilgrimage of St. Jean Vianney’s Incorrupt Heart will visit the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart, the mother church of the Archdiocese. The Incorrupt Heart of St. Jean Vianney is a First Class relic and has remained intact for more than 150 years. The pilgrimage is sponsored by the Knights of Columbus through a generous loan from the Shrine of Ars, France. All are invited to venerate this relic of St. Jean, whose holiness and integrity is a model for...

April 26, 2019

Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R. has appointed Maria Margiotta as the Director of the Office of Communications and Public Relations of the Archdiocese of Newark effective April 15, 2019. Margiotta has served as the Acting Director of Communications and Public Relations since January of 2019. When he announced this appointment, Cardinal Tobin said, “Maria Margiotta has the professional formation, vast experience and the mature faith to serve in this crucial role for the...

April 21, 2019

How tragic that on Easter morning, where we profess the Lord's victory over sin and death, that so many in Sri Lanka were killed at the celebration of Easter masses. Just when they were hearing the Easter message of peace, violence yet again forced itself onto the global stage. We, in the Archdiocese of Newark, join our prayers with people of good will throughout the world, who have expressed solidarity with the victims of these attacks and in our condemnation of senseless violence manifested...

April 20, 2019

As we gather on this Easter Sunday in the churches, chapels and communities of the four counties of our beloved Archdiocese of Newark, we proclaim, “He is risen!” The announcement of Christ’s resurrection—His victory over sin and death—is the most powerful message in human history. It proclaims the Good News of our salvation and it is the source of all our hope and joy! Our Church has experienced...

April 17, 2019

Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., talked with NBC's Anne Thompson about a variety of issues on April 17, 2019. Among the topics that the Cardinal and Anne discussed were his upbringing in Detroit, his early life in the priesthood, and the challenges that face the Catholic Church today. Click here to view the entire interview, courtesy of the Today Show.

April 15, 2019

Our heartfelt prayers are offered to the people of Paris, to the emergency workers battling the fire, and to all those around the world who have worshipped in the magnificent Cathedral. The faithful have lost a magnificent church, but our Catholic community joins in prayer with our sisters and brothers in Paris, who remain sheltered by the love and grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.

April 12, 2019

The Archdiocese of Newark regrets the enactment of legislation that permits medically assisted suicide. Every gift of human life is sacred, from conception to natural death, and the life and dignity of every person must be respected and protected at every stage and in every condition. Those whose lives are diminished or weakened deserve special respect. Sick or disabled persons should be helped to lead lives as normal as possible. Whatever its motives and means, direct...

April 12, 2019

On Sunday, April 14, Christians around the world will begin the observance of Holy Week, the final preparation for the celebration of Easter. Here in the Archdiocese of Newark, the nearly 1.5 million Catholics worshiping in the 212 Catholic parishes in Bergen, Essex, Hudson, and Union Counties will mark the days leading to Easter Sunday with a full range of liturgies—Mass, Stations of the Cross, prayer services and more. The Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart—the Mother Church of the...

April 4, 2019

The Archdiocese of Newark offers warm congratulations and best wishes to Archbishop Wilton Gregory as the seventh Archbishop of Washington, D.C. We promise our prayerful support for Archbishop Gregory as he shepherds the people in our Nation's Capital.

April 3, 2019

It is with a profound sense of sadness that I have read about the proposed cutoff of humanitarian aid to the Northern Triangle countries of Central America. I continue to be amazed that some still do not understand what forces people to leave their home country. Most are escaping extreme violence and poverty. The decision to leave one’s home does not come easily or without sacrifice. Who would think that the best way to solve the problem of extreme poverty is to cut off humanitarian aid?


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