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,…

Auschwitz sets up tour dates just for World Youth Day pilgrims

OSWIECIM, Poland (CNS) — The Auschwitz memorial and museum is setting aside days exclusively for World Youth Day pilgrims who want to tour the former Nazi death camp. The museum has set aside July 20-28 and Aug. 1-3 for participants in World Youth Day, which runs July 26-31 in Krakow, about one-and-a-half hours away. World…

CRS Rice Bowl recipe #5 – Doing more with less during Lent

For each week of Lent, The Visitor is highlighting Catholic Relief Services’ work with a story and simple, meatless recipe from a country the agency serves. Place the money saved into your CRS Rice Bowl to feed our brothers and sisters in need around the world. At the end of Lent, individuals can give their…

Preacher to Curia: Christians wounded by clerical greed, pedophilia

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The sexual abuse of minors and greed by members of the clergy have left Christians wounded, a Servite priest told the pope and Vatican officials during their Lenten retreat. “Pedophilia and the attachment to money are the two behaviors of the clergy that have most wounded and angered the Christian people,”…

Report shows U.S. Catholic schools not doing enough for Latino Catholics

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Catholic schools in the United States are falling short in serving the growing number of Latino Catholics, according to a new report released March 7. The Boston College report, “Catholic Schools in an Increasingly Hispanic Church,” looks at the disparity between the number of school-age children who are Hispanic — 12.4 million…

Open letter in National Review urges Catholics to reject Trump candidacy

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Republican candidate Donald Trump’s run for the White House is putting the efforts by the Republican Party to defend and advance the many “noble causes” it has promoted in his history “in grave danger,” said an open letter to Catholics published March 7 in the National Review. “Donald Trump is manifestly unfit…