Catholics in the Movies: Pedro de Cordoba (1881-1950)

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Born in New York City to a French mother and a Cuban father, Pedro de Cordoba was a solidly reliable character actor in American films from the silent through the sound era. Between 1915 and 1951, he appeared in some 125 movies. The Internet Movie Database (IMDB) says of him: “A tall, somewhat frail-looking man, [Read More...]

Catholics in Public Service: Senator Francis Kernan, New York (1816-1892)

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As Americans go to the polls today, we profile the first Catholic to represent New York in the United States Senate. The following is taken from the 1911 Catholic Encyclopedia: Lawyer, statesman; born in Steuben County, New York, 14 January, 1816; d. at Utica, New York, 7 September, 1892; son of General William Kernan, who [Read More...]

Franciscans Found New York City’s First Italian Parish, 1866

Father Anacletus De Angelis, O.F.M. (1836-1905), was Pastor of St. Anthony's from 1878 to 1890.

St. Anthony of Padua, New York, New York (1866) THERE can be little doubt but that the Catholic navigator Gomez, at the close of the first quarter of the sixteenth century, entered our harbor on the feast of the great Franciscan, St. Anthony of Padua; and, himself a Portuguese, felt especial devotion to that glory [Read More...]


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