NEW HAVEN – The Knights of Columbus has established a fund to assist those – particularly Christians as well as other religious minorities – facing a horrific and violent persecution and possible extinction in Iraq and the surrounding regions.
The Knights has pledged an initial $500,000 and will match an additional $500,000 in donations from the public.
“The unprovoked and systematic persecution and violent elimination of Middle East Christians, as well as other minority groups, especially in Iraq, has created an enormous humanitarian crisis,” said Supreme Knight Carl Anderson. “Pope Francis has asked the world for prayers and support for those affected by this terrible persecution, and we are asking our members, and all people of good will, to pray for those persecuted and support efforts to assist them by donating to this fund.”
HARTFORD – Archbishop Leonard P. Blair is urging the faithful of the Archdiocese of Hartford to pray for peace in Iraq on Aug. 17.
In a posting on the archdiocesan website, the archbishop says that the date has been designated as a special day of prayer in our country for peace in Iraq.
“Parishes have undoubtedly been praying for this intention already, but I ask that every parish include this petition in the Prayer of the Faithful next Sunday, and I invite everyone to make this a daily intention.
WEST HARTFORD – The art gallery at the University of St. Joseph (USJ) is presenting “In Plain Sight: Photographs by Liu Bolin” through Aug. 31. The gallery is located in the Bruyette Athenaeum on the university’s main campus at 1678 Asylum Ave.
Contemporary Chinese artist Liu Bolin has become known worldwide for photographs in which he camouflages himself to disappear into the background. Often called the “Invisible Man,” he exposes tensions between society’s rapidly changing environment and the individual.
WINDSOR LOCKS – Archbishop Leonard P. Blair cuts the ceremonial ribbon at St. Robert Bellarmine Church on Aug. 9, following the vigil Mass, to dedicate the St. Robert Bellarmine Parish Center.
Archbishop Leonard P. Blair chats with Dominican Sister Mary Ann Dunn, prioress of Our Lady of Grace Monastery in North Guilford, after concelebrating Mass on the Feast of Saint Dominic on Aug. 8 with Dominican Father Stephen Boguslawski, moderator of the curia for the Archdiocese of Hartford, left; and Father James A. Shanley, pastor of St. George Parish in Guilford,right. (Photo by Mary Chalupsky)