Journalists claim freedom of press at ‘VatiLeaks’ trial

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Italian journalists standing trial in a Vatican court defended their right to freedom of the press, while the Vatican prosecution said the way they acquired confidential information was illegal. All five people accused of involvement in leaking and publishing confidential documents about Vatican finances were present at the opening of the…

Midnight masses at Colbert’s ‘Late Show’ host desk

NEW YORK (CNS) — One difference between Stephen Colbert’s profile on Comedy Central and on CBS was encapsulated in an exchange he had in October with HBO talk show host Bill Maher. “I thought you were a practicing Catholic,” Maher said. “I am!” Colbert replied. “Doesn’t mean I’m good at it!” Colbert’s inheritance of “The…

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…

Growth in extreme poverty seen to parallel history of 1996 welfare reform law

LORAIN, Ohio (CNS) — Quinn Washington always considered herself a “worker bee.” A single mother of six, Washington, 32, worked long hours to provide for her kids, taking on overtime most weeks at Invacare, a global health equipment manufacturer in neighboring Elyria. When she gave birth to her now 4-year-old son, she kept maternity leave…

‘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 with CEO of Instagram, Kevin Systrom

Pope Francis on Friday met with the CEO and co-founder of Instagram, Kevin Systrom.  The photo-sharing social network was founded in 2010, and bought by Facebook in 2012. Over 300 million people use the service each month. Systrom posted a photo of the meeting on his Instagram profile, writing: “Today I had the honor of…