Syriac patriarch calls Islamic State actions ‘attempted genocide’
BEIRUT (CNS) — Returning from a six-day visit to the Kurdish region of Iraq, Syriac Catholic Patriarch Ignace Joseph III Younan called the Islamic State invasion “religious cleansing.”
Israeli-Hamas cease-fire holding up as aid groups send help
JERUSALEM (CNS) — Catholic aid organizations are hopeful that the most recent cease-fire between Israel and Hamas will hold as they assess the needs in Gaza after 50 days of war. The agreement calls for the easing of the Israeli-enforced embargo to allow humanitarian aid and construction material into Gaza.
Cleveland Diocese’s newspaper to end print publication in 2015
The Catholic Universe Bulletin began in 1874 as a weekly newspaper, converting to biweekly in 1982. Circulation has dwindled to about 35,000. Bishop Richard G. Lennon of Cleveland said he would begin exploring an alternative means of reaching Catholics in northeast Ohio.
Dance to swing music with Blessed Sacrament sisters
The Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament will hold their fundraiser “Swinging Under the Stars” at the National Shrine of St. Katharine Drexel on Saturday, Sept. 20, featuring a a live jazz and swing ensemble.
Seminar for Catholic digital communicators coming in October
The one-day Digital Church Conference where leaders in parishes, schools and in faith formation roles, including pastors and other Catholics, may learn about electronic communications in and for the Catholic Church will be held Oct. 18 at St. Joseph’s University.
Archbishop Chaput to attend Faith in the Future event
The educational foundation invites everyone to join the celebration of its second anniversary on Oct. 2 at 6 p.m. at the Union League of Philadelphia.