Catholic bishops to expand post-abortion counseling

first_imgReuters 16 Nov 2011U.S. Catholic bishops plan to expand efforts to provide professional and spiritual counseling to women who have had abortions and to their families. Officials announced the plan on Tuesday at a meeting of 300 bishops gathered for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, saying they would extend Project Rachel, which provides counseling to those affected by abortion. The move came a day after the bishops said religious freedom had been whittled away by same-sex marriage, abortion and healthcare legislation, and vowed to ramp up efforts to protect it. …Project Rachel supporters say women who have had abortions are at greater risk of psychological problems. But a study in 2008 by the American Psychological Association “found no evidence that a single abortion harms a woman’s mental health.” read more

Syracuse holds early first practice in anticipation of exhibition tour in Canada

first_imgAlmost an hour before Syracuse’s first practice of the year, freshmen Tyler Ennis, B.J. Johnson and Ron Patterson were already shooting around at the Carmelo K. Anthony Center.Senior center Baye Moussa Keita was around for part of the summer, so he expected this.But senior forward C.J. Fair has only seen Ennis — his likely starting point guard — play on TV.With a week before the Orange travels to Canada for a four-game exhibition tour, SU was back in action at the Melo Center on Thursday for a rare mid-August practice.“They’re really talented,” Keita said of the first-year players. “They’re hard workers. They’ve been here working out at 6 in the morning every day and they’ve been doing things on the weekend, too.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textNow the whole team is together and gearing up for its first season in the Atlantic Coast Conference.Fair expects the practices to be pretty much the same as usual, but said Thursday’s is “going to be high intensity today.”It’s the first opportunity for the freshmen to prove themselves not only to their new teammates, but their head coach.Some players, like Keita, have already had a chance to see them. He was back in Senegal for the first part of summer — the first time he’d been home since his freshman year — but was back in Syracuse for the second part.“I’ve been working out, playing five-on-five,” Keita said, “so being at practice is just regular for me.”But Thursday was the first chance for the media to observe what has changed since Syracuse fell in the Final Four last season.Forwards Jerami Grant and Rakeem Christmas both appeared to have added several pounds of muscle and the freshmen made their first impressions, shooting with assistant coach Gerry McNamara while head coach Jim Boeheim watched.It’s still early, but Syracuse basketball season is officially underway.“Summer’s cut short now,” Fair said, “but I’m happy to be here.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on August 15, 2013 at 3:40 pm Contact David: [email protected] | @DBWilson2last_img read more