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…

Mother Teresa to be canonized Sept. 4; pope sets other sainthood dates

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service Pope Francis will declare Blessed Teresa of Kolkata a saint at the Vatican Sept. 4, the conclusion of the Year of Mercy jubilee for those engaged in works of mercy. The date was announced March 15 during an “ordinary public consistory,” a meeting of the pope, cardinals and promoters…

Polish church unveils preliminary plan for pope’s July visit

WARSAW, Poland (CNS) — Pope Francis will visit the former Nazi concentration camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau during a July 27-31 visit to Poland for the celebration of World Youth Day, the Polish bishops announced. Up to 2.5 million young people from around the world, as well as 20,000 priests and 1,200 bishops, are expected at the…

WYD Krakow 2016 draft schedule released

(Vatican Radio) A draft of the program of the trip that Pope Francis will make to Poland from July 27 to 31 in the context of the 31st World Youth Day was presented in Krakow on Saturday. According to the provisional schedule, the Pope is to arrive Wednesday, July 27, at Krakow-Balice airport. The first…

U.S. Sec. Kerry congratulates Pope Francis on 3rd anniversary

(Vatican Radio) U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has extended official congratulations to Pope Francis on the occasion of the third anniversary of the Holy Father’s election to the See of Peter. In a press statement released through the Dept. of State, Sec. Kerry thanks Pope Francis for his role in renewing his country’s diplomatic…

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…

Boycotts, divestment, sanctions: private ways to change foreign policy

WASHINGTON (CNS) — In two cases in the past quarter-century, private means were used as a way to change U.S. foreign policy as well as the foreign country’s behavior. In 1990, after a decade of intensifying private efforts in the United States and other countries to isolate South Africa economically and culturally from the rest…

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…