God’s hand touched actor, film

This is a week or two old, but still worth a look: The star has been called “the Brad Pitt of Mexico,” but the subject is serious. You may not have heard of “Bella” yet, so let the Western Catholic Reporter in Edmonton, Alberta, introduce you to the movie, to the film company with the aim of changing minds and hearts, and to Eduardo Verastegui.

Less whining, more action needed to open government ears to church views

Here’s a story from north of the border that should be of interest to U.S. church leaders: The Catholic Register in Toronto reports on a session at the Canadian Council of Churches’ annual meeting at which one delegate criticized doomsayers who say the church is losing influence and that the media are ignoring religion.

Cardinal urges support be withdrawn for Amnesty International

Cardinal Renato Martino, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, made headlines when he told the National Catholic Register that Catholics should no longer support Amnesty International because of the organization’s recent policy shift on abortion. Here’s a link to the original story by the Register’s Tom McFeely.