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, […]

Toronto, Ottawa prelates call faithful to action against euthanasia

OTTAWA, Ontario (CNS) — The Catholic archbishops in two of Canada’s largest English-speaking dioceses stepped up their campaign against euthanasia and assisted suicide, calling the faithful to action. Cardinal Thomas Collins of Toronto and Archbishop Terrence Prendergast of Ottawa issued pastoral letters read in parishes during Masses over the March 5-6 weekend, reported Canadian Catholic […]

Notre Dame to honor Biden and Boehner with 2016 Laetare Medal

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (CNS) — With public confidence in government “at historic lows” and cynicism “high,” the University of Notre Dame will present its 2016 Laetare Medal to two public servants known for “their leadership, civility and dedication to our nation,” the university’s president announced. Vice President Joe Biden and former Speaker of the House […]