Philippine churches hope training gives momentum to ‘climate warriors’

MANILA, Philippines (CNS) — Philippine church environmentalists hope to gather momentum after taking training from a U.S. firm to become “climate warriors.” The seminar by former Vice President Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project was designed to support participants in their talks with lawmakers as they communicate the urgency of climate change with the intent of […]

Pope Francis to make debut on Instagram, Vatican official says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Firming up his presence on social media, Pope Francis will make his debut on the photo-sharing app Instagram, a Vatican official announced. Msgr. Dario Vigano, prefect of the Secretariat for Communications, said the pope’s new account “Franciscus,” will go online March 19 and offer another side of his pontificate through photos. […]

Bishops urge action to quell ‘ever-growing crisis’ of opioid addiction

BOSTON (CNS) — With Massachusetts facing a growing epidemic of opioid addiction, the Massachusetts Catholic bishops have urged actions be taken to quell the epidemic. “The abuse and misuse of opioids has become a national and local epidemic that has increasingly been felt in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in recent years. On average, four people […]

Faith-based groups welcome first U.S. contribution to Green Climate Fund

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Faith-based organizations welcomed the recent announcement that the United States made its first $500 million contribution under a four-year, $3 billion pledge to support the Green Climate Fund that is helping developing countries respond to climate change. “It’s important that the U.S. really come through with their commitment to the Green Climate […]

West Virginia Legislature overrides governor’s veto on abortion bill

WHEELING, W.Va. (CNS) — West Virginia has become the third state to outlaw second-trimester dismemberment abortion after the state Legislature voted March 10 to override Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s veto of the Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act. “The West Virginia Legislature and the pro-life people in our state have been very strong in […]

Kids’ unsupervised online use likened to sending them to adult bookstore

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (CNS) — Parents who don’t supervise their children’s online activity and mobile device usage might as well be dropping off their kids at an adult bookstore filled with dangerous strangers. That was the gist of a frank and wide-ranging conversation on Internet pornography and addiction that licensed clinical therapist and family therapist […]

Catholic groups write Kerry to urge scrutiny of Honduran activist’s death

MEXICO CITY (CNS) — At least 25 Catholic groups joined nongovernmental organizations in condemning the murder of Honduran environmental activist Berta Caceres, calling for a change in U.S. policy toward assistance in the region. In an open letter to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, the organizations demanded a proper investigation into a crime that […]

Daughters of St. Paul launch novena to tie into ‘The Young Messiah’

BOSTON (CNS) — The Daughters of St. Paul have launched a “Cinema Novena” as an online prayer companion to the just-released film “The Young Messiah” and “to draw audiences deeper to the Holy Family,” said an announcement from the Boston-based religious community. Beginning March 11, the nine-day online novena of prayer goes until March 19, […]