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Catholic Shrines & Places of Interest in New York City

Nicknamed “The Big Apple”, New York City has long been the center of finance and more in the U.S. Although in recent years other cities have challenged its place, it still remains one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country.

Check out this book on the history of Catholicism in New York City
Check out this book on the history of Catholicism in New York City

Many millions of Catholic immigrants arrived here in the 19th Century, many of them from heavily Catholic countries.

Of course, many of them had to deal with discrimination towards Catholics in their new country, especially the Irish. Signs of “No Irish Need Apply” posted on many a company’s door attest to that—and, of course, almost all Irish were Catholic.  The same was often the case for others as well:  Italians, Poles, etc.  Almost all from predominently Catholic countries.

But as time went on, of course, this changed to where the city now has a very large Catholic population.

In addition to train connections from both Penn Station and Grand Central, the city is served by three airports:  JFK, La Guardia, and Liberty (Newark, New Jersey).  You can get cheap airfares here.

Basilica of Regina Pacis

Most Holy Redeemer Church (over 150 relics of saints)

Padre Pio Shrine in the Church of St. John the Baptist

Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini Shrine

Saint Malachy’s Church: “The Actors Chapel”

Saint Patrick’s Cathedral

Basilica of Saint Patrick’s Old Cathedral

Saints Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church

Shrine of Our Lady of Aradin, Our Lady of Persecuted Christians

The Catholic Memorial at Ground Zero (St. Joseph’s Church)

The Church of Saint Paul the Apostle

The Cloisters: Medieval masterpiece in Manhattan


a Catholic Repertory Theater by the Dominican Friars (Blackfriars) (external link)

a Catholic Guest House for travelers:  The Leo House (external link)

NYC Sightseeing Pass (FRENCH)

Check out the All City 3-day Pass…a great bargain

Click here to find restaurants and hotels in New York City, compare prices, and read what other travelers have to say at TripAdvisor

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