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Pope urges prayers for creation Sept. 1


VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation should be a time for individuals to examine their lifestyles and the way they impact the environment, Pope Francis said. At the end of his weekly general audience Aug. 26, the pope asked Catholics and "all people of goodwill" to join members of the Orthodox Church in the special day of prayer Sept. 1.

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Puerto Rico debt crisis faces crucial date; church opts for jubilee


AGUADILLA, Puerto Rico -- As Puerto Rico's government marches on toward a critical financial deadline regarding its $72 billion "unpayable" debt, the local Catholic Church, too, has been increasingly feeling the fiscal crunch all the way down to the pews, and there are hopes for a jubilee as espoused in Scripture.

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Cardinal Levada arrested in Hawaii on drunk-driving charge


KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (CNS) -- Cardinal William J. Levada was arrested in Kailua-Kona, on the island of Hawaii, for driving under the influence of alcohol. The arrest was made at about midnight Aug. 19. Cardinal Levada, 79, was released after posting $500 bond. He is due to appear in court Sept. 24.

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