More than 100 students, faculty, religious leaders and local residents gathered on the academic quadrangle at Quinnipiac University in Hamden Wednesday night for an outdoor vigil and prayer service in support of persecuted Christian churches in the Middle East.
The evening event was organized in support of the persecuted Christian churches in the Middle East, especially those in Iraq and Syria, said Father Jordan Lenaghan, Catholic chaplain at Quinnipiac. He called it a human rights event designed to raise awareness of the recent destruction of nearly 2,000-year-old communities in the Middle East.
Local Greek Orthodox, Coptic Orthodox, Assyrian Orthodox, Protestant, Jewish and Catholic clergy participated. The people on hand, many holding candles in the chilly night air, heard the Gospel as read in English, Greek, Coptic, Arabic and Aramaic. In addition, the destruction of non-Christian ethnic/religious communities in the Middle East was remembered
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Archbishop Leonard P. Blair led 170 pilgrims from the Archdiocese of Hartford to St. Anthony Maronite Parish Sept. 12 for a Mass and veneration of relics of St. Anthony of Padua on loan from the saint’s pontifical basilica in Italy.
DENVER (CNS) -- The federal government is pursuing its case against the Little Sisters of the Poor in an attempt to get the religious order to comply with newly issued interim rules regarding the Department of Health and Human Services' contraception mandate under the Affordable Care Act.
The government filed a brief Sept. 8 in the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver, where the Little Sisters of the Poor run a home for the aged. Other plaintiffs in the case include Southern Nazarene University in Denver and Reaching Souls International, an Oklahoma nonprofit.
BLOOMFIELD – Archbishop Leonard P. Blair is encouraging families throughout the Archdiocese of Hartford to share a meal as a family on Sept. 22 as part of the national observance of Family Day.
“The purpose is simple but very important: to be together at table and to enjoy each other’s company in a spirit of familial faith and love, unity and joy,” Archbishop Blair wrote in a pastoral letter distributed recently.
The archdiocese has participated in the national initiative of the Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (CASAColumbia) since 2011.
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In his letter, Archbishop Blair points out that studies show that sharing a meal as a family has significant impact on the lives of the family members, especially children. Research shows that children who eat regularly with their parents are less likely to smoke or engage in using alcohol and drugs.
“I encourage all families in the Archdiocese to participate in this national initiative. And please don’t forget to say grace before the meal, something which is often neglected these days. May our efforts be blessed, and help us to appreciate better the wonderful gift of Christian family life,” he wrote.
The pastoral letter is posted on the archdiocesan website (archdioceseofhartford.org) along with homiletic resources, bulletin announcements, a meal prayer, poster and Prayers of the Faithful.
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The wisdom of "It takes a village to raise a child" has been lost as kids are either overprotected by permissive parents or neglected, Pope Francis said.
"The educational partnership has been broken" as families, schools and society are "no longer united together for the child," he said Sept. 4 after holding his first Google Hangout -- a live video conversation -- across five continents with teenagers who belong to the international network of "Scholas occurentes," uniting students of all faiths and cultures.
NEW HAVEN – “Illuminating the Word: The Saint John’s Bible” is a Knights of Columbus Museum exhibition of the first handwritten and hand-illustrated Bible of its scale to be commissioned in more than 500 years.
The Bible was commissioned in 1998 by the Benedictine monks of St. John’s Abbey and University in Collegeville, Minn., to mark the new millennium with an ecumenical work of art aimed at igniting the spiritual imagination of people worldwide.