Bishops laud approval of marriage amendment
Jan 04 2007
BOSTON (CNS) -- The Catholic bishops of Massachusetts thanked state legislators Jan. 2 “for living up to their oath of office” by voting on a constitutional marriage amendment initiative before ending their legislative session.
On its last day in its 2005-06 session, a reluctant Legislature narrowly approved the initiative, which would amend the state’s constitution to ban same-sex marriages.
Then it voted to reconsider. Then it voted again -- also narrowly -- to approve the measure.
A basic guide to elements of Islam
Dec 02 2006
WASHINGTON (CNS) -- With an estimated 1.2 billion followers, Islam is the second largest religion in the world. Islamic organizations say there are an estimated 6 million to 7 million Muslims in the United States; of those, 85 percent are U.S.-born.