GAY MARRIAGES-NY PROTESTS
Anti-gay marriage rallies as NY ceremonies begin
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Thousands of opponents of gay marriage have
held several protests in New York as the first weddings were held
in the state.
The National Organization for Marriage held rallies Sunday
afternoon in New York City, Albany, Rochester and Buffalo.
Opponents say Gov. Andrew Cuomo and lawmakers redefined marriage
without giving voters a chance to weigh-in, as they have in other
states. Protesters chanted "Let the People Vote!
The first gay marriages in New York were performed just after
midnight and continued through the day at municipal offices that
opened for special weekend hours.
New York became the sixth and largest state to recognize
same-sex weddings in a close state Senate vote on June 24 after
strong lobbying by Cuomo and advocates.
Pope on Norway attacks: Renounce hatred
CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy (AP) - Pope Benedict has called on the
international community to renounce hatred in the face of the
"deep sorrow" felt over the terror attacks in Norway.
The pope urged people to pray for the dead, the wounded and
their loved ones. He spoke to pilgrims and tourists from the
balcony of his summer palace in Castel Gandolfo near Rome.
A day earlier, the pope sent a condolence message to Norway's
king in which he denounced the "senseless violence." His envoy in
Norway decried the terror attacks as "madness."
Lawyer: Norway suspect wanted anti-Muslim crusade
OSLO, Norway (AP) - Norway's King Harald V and his wife Queen
Sonja and Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg joined mourners on Sunday
at Oslo Cathedral.
The pews were packed, and the crowd spilled into the plaza
outside the building. The area was strewn with flowers and candles,
and people who could not fit in the grand church huddled under
umbrellas in a drizzle.
The king and queen both wiped tears from their eyes during the
service for "sorrow and hope."
After the service, people sobbed and hugged one another in the
streets as they streamed out of the cathedral. Many lingered over
the memorial of flowers and candles.
Suspected gunman allegedly sought sectarian violence
OSLO, Norway (AP) - The man blamed for attacks on Norway's
government headquarters and a youth retreat that left scores dead
allegedly said he was motivated by a desire to bring about a
revolution in Norwegian society.
That's according to Anders Breivik's lawyer. A manifesto that he is believed to have written ranted
against Muslim immigration to Europe and vowed revenge on
"indigenous Europeans" who he accused of betraying their
APNewsBreak: Extra security at UK mosques
LONDON (AP) - Some Muslim community leaders in Britain say
mosques are adding extra security in the wake of the terrorist
attacks in Norway.
According to the Ramadan Foundation, one of Britain's largest
Muslim organizations, there have been recent anti-Muslim incidents.
A pig's head was left at a mosque outside of Oxford, while there
have been repeated attacks on women wearing headscarves and
Muslim groups say they have long warned Britain's police of
increasing hostility from far-right groups.
Catholic teachers to undergo training about Holocaust,
WASHINGTON (AP) - Catholic school educators from Washington,
D.C., Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina will undergo training
in Washington this week about the Holocaust and anti-Semitism.
The five-day training session is a collaboration between the
Anti-Defamation League, the United States Holocaust Memorial
Museum, the Archdiocese of Washington, the National Catholic
Educational Association and the United States Conference of
ADL spokesman Sophie Dornstreich says the
courses will be taught by Catholics and Jews, and will be presented
through the context of current prejudices and bigotry.
Maine diocese supports 'Day of Prayer'
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - The Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland,
Maine, says it supports the Day of Prayer and Fasting.
Maine Gov. Paul LePage has issued a proclamation recognizing
Aug. 6 as a "Day of Prayer and Fasting for Our Nation."
Texas Gov. Rick Perry of Texas has invited people from every
state to come to his state for a giant prayer gathering in Houston.
The Maine Legislative Prayer Caucus urged Mainers to participate in
that event by gathering in communities, houses of worship and
homes. They've also asked church leaders to help organize regional
and local events throughout Maine.
Maine's Catholic Bishop Joseph Malone is urging parishioners to
participate in prayer and fasting on Aug. 6.
Ancient bell found in Jerusalem Old City sewer
JERUSALEM (AP) - A tiny golden bell pulled after 2,000 years
from an ancient sewer beneath the Old City of Jerusalem has been
shown by Israeli archaeologists.
The small orb, about one-half inch in diameter, has a small loop
that appears to have been used to sew it as an ornament onto the
clothes of a wealthy resident of the city two millennia ago.
Archaeologists unveiled it Sunday. It has a faint metallic sound
that is something between a clink and a rattle. The relic was found
last week and is believed to be from the Second Temple period, and
as such was a "very rare" find. The Second Temple stood from
about 515 B.C. until A.D. 70.
The biblical Book of Exodus mentions tiny golden bells sewn onto
the hem of the robes of Temple priests, along with decorative
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