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Catholic groups write John Kerry to urge US scrutiny of Honduran activist's death

Eco Catholic: At least 25 Catholic groups joined nongovernmental organizations in condemning the murder of Honduran environmental activist Berta Caceres.

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Mexico mops up after Hurricane Patricia; 'nature was kind,' official says

Mexico is mopping up after Hurricane Patricia hit its Pacific Coast with Category 5 strength, but left surprising little damage and few deaths, given the severity of the storm.

An official with Caritas Mexico, the church's charitable arm, says the storm left a mess in parts of the dioceses serving the western states of Colima, Jalisco and Nayarit with flooding and property damage, but mostly impacted small settlements and rural areas -- which were being provided with assistance from parishes diocesan collections.