Final HHS rule confirms religious exemption to contraceptive mandate

A rule finalizing the religious exemption to the contraceptive mandate should be "the end of a long cultural war fight" over the issue and confirm that the U.S. government "never needed nuns to give out contraceptives" to women, said the president of the Becket law firm.

U.S. Dominicans praying, 'agonizing' for Iraqi Dominicans, villagers

Dominican Sr. Attracta Kelly in Adrian, Mich., has been able to speak a few times with the superior of a group of Iraqi Dominicans and knows how desperate their situation is since they escaped Islamicists in northern Iraq. Sr. Maria Hanna, the superior, and 51 other Dominican sisters, along with their family members and other villagers were driven from the Ninevah Plain by Islamic State fighters.
Read more: GSR received a letter from the Dominicans in Iraq via the Adrian Dominicans; a first-hand account of the current situation is posted here.