The current Edicule of the Tomb was built by the Greek Orthodox community in 1810, two years after a devastating fire. It has been encased in metal scaffolding since the British Mandate period in the mid-20th century because of concern for its stability.
“It is remarkable to see the witness of so many martyrs throughout the history of the church who love the land and people of their birth, even as they are being persecuted,” said the USCCB statement on the 2016 Fortnight for Freedom. “We can emulate this in our work today to promote religious freedom in the U.S., as it is of a piece with our efforts to contribute to the good of all Americans.”
Throughout the day June 12, church personnel were helping victims and families “on the front lines of this tragedy,” Bishop John Noonan of Orlando said. “They are offering God’s love and mercy to those who are facing unimaginable sorrow. They will remain vigilant and responsive to the needs of our hurting brothers and sisters.”
Pope Francis offered prayers for the families of the victims of the mass shooting in Orlando, Florida, and expressed hope that people would find ways to identify and uproot “the causes of such terrible and absurd violence.”
Drawing a comparison between Eve, who “spread death where there was life,” and St. Mary Magdalene, who “proclaimed life from the tomb, a place of death,” the Archbishop Arthur Roche said her feast day is a lesson for all Christians to trust in Christ who is “alive and risen.”
The rule covers employees in settings such as factories, schools, offices and nonprofits. Exemptions for ministers and teachers will remain, but certain employees — in parishes, schools, homeless shelters and the like for example — will have to track their hours and their employers will have to change the way pay records are kept, several human resources professionals told CNS.
“Coming to this conference it has been inspiring just to see the number of women who are also seeking God’s will, trying to develop themselves spiritually and professionally in order to better serve God,” said attendee Laura Locker, who is from the Washington area.
“Compassion does not mean pity, it means ‘suffering with,'” the pope said. When physicians share in the suffering of their patients, he added, the “sacred value of the life of the patient does not disappear or become obscured.”
Swiss Catholic Church officials deplored the approval by voters of a modification to the country’s in vitro fertilization law that would permit genetic testing of embryos, allowing imperfect human embryos to be discarded.
The new Vatican office for laity, family and life will begin functioning Sept. 1 and the separate pontifical councils for laity and for the family will “cease their functions,” the Vatican announced.
New Orleans-born Harry Connick Jr., 48, took the stage at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome May 21, dressed improbably in an academic robe, a costume he never imagined he would wear considering his college career at Loyola University New Orleans consisted of one semester that saw him whittle 18 credit hours down to three before jetting off to New York City to begin his life’s work as, he joked, a college dropout.