FILIPINO TRADITION ALIVE IN NEW YORK: Simbang Gabi Mass at the Philippine Center in New York City Wednesday evening. Right photo: Our Lady of Manhattan procession on Fifth Avenue.  (Photo by Troi Santos)


WITH visiting American bishops led by New York Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan as his audience, Pope Benedict XVI praised “honest efforts” by the Catholic Church in confronting the priestly sex abuse scandal which he said has become a “scourge” at every level of society.



Leaders of the Filipino community in the New York area have formally asked Archbishop Timothy Dolan (photo above) with “all humility and deep respect” to reconsider his decision to end the holding of the annual “Simbang Gabi” or misa de gallo at the Philippine Center on Fifth Avenue.

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