Philippine nun: DiCaprio’s speech reflects churches’ concern on resources

MANILA, Philippines (CNS) — “Be like Leonardo DiCaprio.” Ucanews.com reported that was the call of Sister Aloha Vergara of the Handmaids of the House of God, who said DiCaprio’s speech at the Feb. 28 Academy Awards “reflects the people and the churches’ position on the protection of the environment.” The Hollywood actor said climate change […]

‘Spotlight’ is not anti-Catholic, Vatican newspaper says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Vatican newspaper said the Oscar-winning film, “Spotlight,” is not anti-Catholic. “It is not an anti-Catholic movie, as has been written, because the film succeeds in giving voice to the alarm and deep pain” experienced by the Catholic faithful when a team of investigative newspaper reporters in Boston revealed the scandal […]

Pope Francis meets new President of Argentina

Pope Francis on Saturday morning received in audience  the President of Argentina, Mauricio Macri, who subsequently met with the Vatican’s Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, and Archbishop  Paul Richard Gallagher, the Secretary for Relations with States.  President Macri assumed office in December, and was previously the Head of Government of the Autonomous City of […]

Canadian report recommends widening access to physician-assisted suicide

OTTAWA, Ontario (CNS) — The mentally ill and consenting minors should be allowed to choose physician-assisted suicide, a federal parliamentary committee recommended. The committee’s 70-page report was introduced in the House of Commons Feb. 25. A Supreme Court of Canada decision — known as the Carter case — unanimously struck down the Criminal Code of […]

Socially responsible investors press companies to do the right thing

WASHINGTON (CNS) — If it’s spring, it must be corporate annual general meeting season. For investors concerned about corporate accountability and transparency, it’s one of the busiest times of the year. The annual general meetings give shareholders the chance to publicly engage corporate leadership on hot-button issues such as human rights, climate change, sustainability, lobbying […]

What did the pope really say about pregnancy and the Zika virus?

The spontaneous in-flight Q&A sessions between Pope Francis and journalists express the Holy Father’s desire to engage the world, open to all comers and willing to address any questions. With the pope responding to complex political, moral and historical questions “off-the-cuff,” misinterpretations and selective reporting seem certain to follow. Nuances and distinctions are frequent casualties […]

Men of Integrity – Men of Mercy: Men’s Conference attendees encouraged to commit to prayer, show mercy to others

At the 19th annual Catholic Men’s Conference Feb. 13, Father Larry Richards challenged 600 men to be “men of integrity” and “men of mercy.” During a wide ranging two-part presentation at the Humphrey Auditorium at St. John’s University in Collegeville, Father Richards said a commitment to prayer is essential to being a follower of Christ. […]

Workshops to shed light on growing need for Hispanic ministry

Having three Hispanic seminarians in her parish administration course this year helped Barbara Sutton, director of field education and ministerial formation at St. John’s School of Theology and Seminary, to recognize the growing need for pastoral leaders in Hispanic ministry. Sutton contacted Hosffman Ospino, assistant professor of Hispanic ministry and religious education at Boston College, […]

On climate issue, Catholics urged to ‘feel pain of the planet, the poor’

MIAMI (CNS) — Pope Francis’ right-hand man on the environment and climate change issues urged Catholics attending a local academic conference to let Christian spirituality guide their thinking and actions toward preserving the full range of God’s creation. Cardinal Peter Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, spoke Feb. 19 in Miami […]

Death-row experience interweaves lives of priest, man he helped free

NORTH OLMSTED, Ohio (CNS) — When Father Neil Kookoothe first met Joseph D’Ambrosio on Ohio’s death row in December 1998, he intended to describe the funeral of the condemned man’s mother. D’Ambrosio would not listen, however. Another inmate had told him the priest had been a lawyer before ordination. Now, D’Ambrosio pleaded for help with […]