Political frustration in Northern Ireland has heightened tension around ‘marching season’


(The Conversation) — In Northern Ireland every year, a monthslong “marching season” sees members of a Protestant organization called the Orange Order don suits and bowler hats and take to the streets armed with banners and drums. The parades commemorate the military victory of Dutch Protestant King William of Orange over King James II, the … Read more

Catholics for Choice looks to reach more Latinos with new Spanish-language platforms


(RNS) — The nonprofit Catholics for Choice, which supports abortion rights, is seeking to further reach Latino Catholics in the U.S. by launching Spanish-language social media platforms. The group announced the launch in early June, but its new Spanish-language Twitter and Instagram, which amplify the organization’s campaigns and events, have been active since about early … Read more

Archdiocese of Los Angeles issues new guidelines to fully reopen parishes


LOS ANGELES (RNS) — The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles has issued new guidelines for its more than 300 parishes, which, beginning June 19, are set to fully reopen. In a letter to congregants over the weekend, Archbishop José H. Gomez announced guidelines allowing liturgical celebrations — including weekday and Sunday Masses as well … Read more