WASHINGTON (CNS) – President Barack Obama's executive order of July 21 has installed workplace rules forbidding the firing of gays, lesbians, bisexual and transgender people by the federal government and federal contractors – a key provision in the Employment Non-Discrimination Act languishing in Congress.
The U.S. bishops have opposed the bill, known as ENDA, which was passed by the Senate last November but was never scheduled for a vote in the House. The bill has been introduced in almost every Congress since 1994.
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Going by the pseudonym "X," Pope Leo XIII anonymously crafted poetic puzzles in Latin for a Roman periodical at the turn of the 19th century.
The pope created lengthy riddles, known as "charades," in Latin in which readers had to guess a rebus-like answer from two or more words that together formed the syllables of a new word.
JERUSALEM (CNS) -- The situation in hospitals in the Gaza Strip is dire, and Palestinians are saying that medical supplies will soon run out, said a cardiologist who serves with the Near East Council of Churches in Gaza.
Dr. Issa Tarazi, executive director of Near East Council of Churches Department of Services to Palestinian Refugees in Gaza, told Catholic News Service by telephone that Gaza's streets have very little traffic, and only emergency and hospital staff workers are working.
"Everyone in Gaza considers themselves a target," he told CNS July 14. "People are scared about what is going on."
Sister Jeanne Marie Vonder Haar of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, director of education services for Apostle Immigrant Services in New Haven chats on July 8 with adult students at an English Conversation Circle that she hosts on Tuesday evenings from June through August at the agency in New Haven.
Sister Jeanne estimates that 30 to 40 people have attended the informal gatherings, which are designed to help adults “practice English and become confident in themselves in a non-threatening atmosphere."
Topics discussed include the weather, visits to the doctor, housework, idiomatic expressions, getting an apartment or house, handling money and documents, sports, dining and shopping.
Information is available at 203-752-9068, ext. 11.
WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The U.S. Supreme Court late July 3 issued an unsigned opinion granting Christian-run Wheaton College in Illinois temporary relief from complying with the Department of Health and Human Services' federal contraceptive mandate that is part of the Affordable Care Act.
The order in Wheaton College v. Burwell came three days after the court issued its Hobby Lobby decision saying that closely held for-profit companies could be exempted from some requirements of the federal health care law because of the owners' religious beliefs.
SOUTHINGTON – On June 9, Kevin Ollie and his champion UConn Huskies men’s basketball team were honored at the White House. On June 10, Coach Ollie was honored at the 29th annual Franciscan Sports Banquet at the Aqua Turf. One was more meaningful to him.
“Well, both of them were great events,” he said. “But I like this one just a little bit more because of the [Franciscan] Life Center and what it represents. You know, meeting the president was great, but I love Mother Shaun [Vergauwen, mother general of the Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist] and what she’s doing, so I hope her blessings rub off on me.”
Coach Ollie moments earlier had accepted the St. Francis Award for community service and charitable work. In his remarks, he said the Franciscan Life Center – which sponsors the fund-raising event in conjunction with Franciscan Home Care and Hospice Care of Meriden – transforms lives.