Barbara J. Fraser
Eco Catholic: A Peruvian court ordered the government to ensure that two oil companies suspend operations and withdraw from the lease until a consultation is held.
Rain in the Andes Mountains has triggered landslides, sending water and sediment cascading down rivers, blocking roads and sometimes burying vehicles. As of March 23, 85 people were reported dead, 270 injured and 20 missing.
A Peru-based Catholic movement has acknowledged that its founder sexually, physically and psychologically abused minors, teen and young adult members.
An internal investigation of Sodalitium Christianae Vitae found that Luis Fernando Figari, who founded the organization in 1971 and headed it until 2010, and three other high-ranking former members abused 19 minors and 10 adults.
Eco Catholic: Residents are slowly rebuilding after an April earthquake killed more than 670 people and left as many as 80,000 homeless.