Prompted to write after Sandy Hook, Jason Odell Williams has taken his play to NYC, and he hopes to get it across the country -- "in all the purple states."
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On April 12, Pope Francis named six priests, six laymen and one laywoman to be the new consultors or advisers to the Vatican Secretariat for Communications.
Appreciation: "Fa' Mallette" was a living saint to those he served. He died in March at age 85, having lived 60 of those years as a priest.
The Coptic iconographer's work was exhibited in New York recently, "transmitting God's messages ... through art," and serving as a reminder of Egypt's diverse cultural and religious heritage.
Update: As the New York state legislature plans its annual recess at the end of June, the bill's opponents hope to run out the clock.
The mood at the monthlong talks being held in New York is somber. Few expect breakthroughs, and without a breakthrough, serious disarmament is in doubt.
Congregations in New York City that rent space in public schools will be able to hold Easter services this Sunday despite a ruling on Monday by the U.S. Supreme Court rejecting an appeal from an evangelical church in the Bronx that sought to overturn a ban on after-hours worship services at public schools.
A spokesman for Mayor Bill de Blasio also said the mayor would work to ensure that houses of worship could continue to rent space like any other group.
Our Lady of Vilnius Church, built by families of immigrant Lithuanian longshoremen, started out a century ago as a beloved worship space. Now, it's a coveted real estate asset.
In 2013, six years after the church was closed, it was sold for $13 million to one of the city's biggest developers. The following year, that company flipped it like a pancake to another developer for $18.4 million.
Now the yellow brick church near the entrance to the Holland Tunnel awaits demolition to make way for an 18-story luxury apartment house.
The rise of the so-called Islamic State dominated headlines in 2014 as the group sowed death and destruction across Iraq and Syria.
A decade later, the Darfur crisis is far from over, despite attempts by the Sudanese government to minimize what has happened.