MANCHESTER, England (CNS) -- Iraqi Christian refugees braved temperatures as high as 122 degrees Fahrenheit to demand that the United Nations intervene to protect them from persecution by Islamist militants.
HARTFORD – The music ministry at the Cathedral of St. Joseph was highly regarded even before the Archdiocesan Youth Choir (AYC) came into existence in 2012. It already had featured the Cathedral Choir, the Soli Deo Gloria Orchestra, volunteer instrumentalists, visiting choirs, the Sacred Sounds concert series, an 8,000-pipe Austin organ and more. But for music director Ezequiel Menéndez, something was missing.
“We always wanted to have a youth choir that would sing in a serious way, not just to have kids being cute but singing serious music, like cathedrals in other states are doing,” Dr. Menéndez said. As he traveled around the country attending music conventions, he was able to study firsthand youth choirs in Utah; Cambridge, Mass.; and other areas.
WASHINGTON (CNS) – The Obama administration has filed a brief with the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver indicating it plans to develop an alternative for Catholic and other religious nonprofit employers to opt out of providing federally mandated contraceptives they object to including in their employee health care coverage.
Several media outlets, including AP, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post, reported July 23 that the administration said it would come up with a "work-around" that would be different than the accommodation it currently has available to such employers.
NEW HAVEN – Although words are important in proclaiming the Gospel, Dominican Father Timothy Radcliffe, scholar, author and itinerant preacher, did not focus on them when he addressed the question, “How Can We Talk about God Today?”
“Preaching isn’t always a question of speaking words,” said Father Radcliffe, who drew much laughter, at times, and applause during his July 8 lecture at Albertus Magnus College.
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Backed up by death threats and property seizures, the expulsion of the entire Christian community from Mosul is "a crime against humanity," said an archbishop from Mosul.
Chaldean Archbishop Amel Shamon Nona said the Islamic State, which took control of Iraq's second-largest city in early June, is carrying out "religious cleansing."
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.