Ill. Dioceses Suspend Adoption Licensing

From Advocate.com:

Two Illinois Catholic Charities agencies have suspended licensing new foster care and adoptive parents following the state’s enactment of a civil unions law.

??Glenn Van Cura, executive director of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Joliet, told The Advocate that his office is not accepting applications for new foster care or adoptive parents pending further clarification from the governor and attorney general’s office.

“What we want to make clear is that according to our beliefs, with any cohabitating couple, whether homosexual or heterosexual, we don’t refer to licensing. It’s just part of our social teaching,” Van Cura said.

Catholic Charities handles about 20% of the state’s foster care and adoptions and is paid about $30 million a year for its services.

The Monochromatic City of Chefchaoen, Morocco

From Weburbanist:

Morocco is renowned for its colors, with its cities awash in vivid shades of red, purple, green and gold. But things are a little different in Chefchaoen, a town in the northwest nestled among the Rif Mountains. Take a stroll through Chefchaoen’s streets and you’ll be hard-pressed to find something that isn’t painted a particular shade of blue.