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April 7, 2022

During Holy Week, nearly 1.3 million Catholics throughout the Archdiocese of Newark will participate in sacred liturgies remembering the death of Christ and celebrating his resurrection on Easter Sunday. This year, Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., Archbishop of Newark, will observe Holy Week and the...

April 1, 2022

Last Friday, March 25, on the Solemnity of the Annunciation, Pope Francis invited all of us to join him in an Act of Consecration of Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Mary is the Queen...

March 23, 2022

On Friday, March 25, Pope Francis will preside in Saint Peter's Basilica in Rome during which he will consecrate and entrust Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., Archbishop of Newark, will join in the consecration via video here on Friday at 1:30 p.m...

The seventh chapter of Pope Francis’s encyclical Fratelli Tutti (On Fraternity and Social Friendship) is especially timely and important because it discusses the horrors of war. Since the beginning of his pontificate, the Holy Father has urged the nations and peoples of the world—all of us—to “build bridges, not walls” and to recognize that we are truly sisters and brothers in the one family of God. Fratelli Tutti is a sustained reflection on the way we should treat one another, not as strangers or adversaries, but as family. Read more...

March 4, 2022

Each year as winter is fading and spring is on the horizon, our Church gives us the season of Lent as a time of hope and renewal. As Pope Francis says in his 2022 Lenten message, “Lent is a favorable time for personal and community renewal, as it leads us to the paschal mystery of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.” For us believers, Lent represents a time of hope and rebirth. Lent is also a journey—from the darkness of sin and death to the light of Christ which shines most brightly at Easter time. Read more...

March 2, 2022

Various Catholic agencies are collecting donations to aid with the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine, as people flee to escape Russian bombing and shelling. Here are some places to donate. This list is not exhaustive. The international Caritas confederation is collecting funds to help Caritas Ukraine. In the United States, that is through Catholic Relief Services...

Feb. 24, 2022

Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., has issued the following statement in response to the situation in Ukraine: I would like to make my own the following words of Pope Francis offered during his General Audience remarks on Wednesday, February 23: My heart aches greatly at the worsening situation in Ukraine. Despite the...

February 23, 2022

Cardinal Joseph Tobin will celebrate Ash Wednesday with two Masses, one in English and one in Spanish, on Wednesday, March 2, at St. Patrick’s Pro-Cathedral in Newark. All are welcome to attend, though visitors are strongly encouraged to wear a mask due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Read more...

February 18, 2022

"Who does not long for a better kind of politics? Recent years have shown beyond any doubt that political discourse and activity here in the United States, and in virtually every region of the world, is broken, ineffective and even harmful to the common good of humanity. This is not the way it should be. As Pope Francis observes, 'Sadly, politics today often takes forms that hinder progress towards a different world.' As a result, many people have begun to wonder whether there is any hope for the future." Read more of Cardinal Tobin's column and newsletter here...

February 4, 2022

Creating dignified conditions for quality living in countries of origin is essential to avoiding what the pope calls “unnecessary migration,” but when this is not possible for political, economic or cultural reasons, our response must be one of respect and hospitality. The four words welcome, protect, promote and integrate each describe concrete actions that we are called to take on behalf of our sisters and brothers who have been forced to flee their homelands.


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