Listen: From Bernalda to Bleecker St.

Fr. Luigi Portarulo has found his way from a rural Italian village to the Vatican, to another, very different village—Manhattan's Greenwich Village. Now, at Our Lady of Pompeii church, he has helped revive a thriving Italian-American Catholic community. Helene Stapinski wrote a profile of Fr. Luigi for our November issue, and here she reads it aloud for listeners.

But now, with declining Mass attendance, it’s the job of the Church to go out into the world, explains Luigi. “We have to go to the people,” he says, “wherever they are.”

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