Bishops want broader birth-control exemption
American bishops said Thursday the Obama administrations latest compromise on birth-control coverage and religious employers doesnt go far enough to answer church concerns.
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said a bigger buffer is needed between religious charities and any third party arranging contraceptive coverage. Bishops also want a clearer statement that faith-affiliated hospitals and other nonprofits are religious ministries.
Notre Dame bells make harmonious history
PARIS The cathedral of Notre Dame French for our lady has finally got the prima donna worthy of its name.
Weighing in at 6½ tons of glistening bronze, this lady is no ordinary person: Shes a bell named Mary.
Mary is, in fact, the largest and loudest of nine new, gargantuan Notre Dame bells being blessed today in the cathedrals nave by Archbishop Andre Armand Vingt-Trois.
The nine casts were ordered for the cathedrals 850th birthday to replace the discordant ding dang of the previous four 19th-century chimes. After the originals bells including the original Mary were destroyed in the French Revolution, the replacements were widely said to be Frances most out-of-tune church bells. Theres some irony that in Victor Hugos classic novel The Hunchback of Notre Dame, the solitary bell-ringer Quasimodo was deaf.
Jean-Marie, Maurice, Benoit-Joseph, Steven, Marcel, Dennis, Anne-Genevieve, Gabriel will ring together with Mary to add a harmony to the French gothic landmark not heard since 1789. Travelers have come far and wide to catch a glimpse of the bronze giants on public display until Feb. 25.