US bishops promote rule banning Congo militia funding

Washington D.C., May 6, 2013 / 05:38 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The U.S. bishops have reiterated their support for a federal regulation that would block American investments from supporting militias in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.“The rule is consistent with Catholic teaching on protection of human life and dignity,” wrote Bishop Richard E. Pates of Des Moines, Iowa, to Bishop Nicolas Djomo Lola of Tshumbe, president of the bishops in the Democratic Republic of the … [Read more...]

Broadway play about anti-Christian Mary closes early

New York City, N.Y., May 6, 2013 / 03:52 pm (CNA).- A Broadway show that depicted the Virgin Mary as a doubting skeptic who thought Jesus died in vain failed to attract a large audience and closed on Sunday less than two weeks after it opened.“The Testament of Mary” was a monologue written by the by the Irish writer Colm Toibin.The play envisioned Mary, performed by actress Fiona Shaw, as a critic of Christianity who doubts Jesus’ divinity and believes his friends are a … [Read more...]

Absorb Church’s Catholic identity, Pope tells new Swiss Guards

Vatican City, May 6, 2013 / 11:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On the day that it will swear in 35 new members and commemorate the fallen, the Swiss Guard was told by Pope Francis that it has “a privileged opportunity” to deepen its knowledge of Christ by breathing in the catholicity of the Church.Every May 6, the corps remembers the 147 Swiss soldiers who died defending Pope Clement VII during the 1527 Sack of Rome. In addition, the Swiss Guard also swears in new members for two years of … [Read more...]

Caritas official: Bombing of new Tanzanian parish surpasses other attacks

Arusha, Tanzania, May 6, 2013 / 08:50 am (CNA).- A top official with the charity Caritas Tanzania says a Sunday attack on a new Catholic parish was the first of its kind for the East African country. “It is not normal and this has never happened in our country before,” said Joachim Wangabo, executive secretary of Caritas Tanzania, in a May 6 interview with CNA. “The government says it is associated with Muslim terrorists, but it is necessary to know why it … [Read more...]

Pope suggests daily Holy Spirit review

Vatican City, May 6, 2013 / 07:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis said people should ask themselves what the Holy Spirit did in them at the end of each day. “We should get into the habit of asking ourselves before the end of the day, what did the Holy Spirit do in me?” and “what witness did he give me?” he said during daily Mass on May 6. He explained that, “it is in this way that we can see how Jesus worked in our hearts. It is the Holy Spirit that opens … [Read more...]

Pope sends Dallas auxiliary bishop to El Paso

Vatican City, May 6, 2013 / 05:50 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has appointed Spanish-speaking Bishop Mark J. Seitz to lead the El Paso diocese in western Texas, placing him just across the border from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. “Since I entered the seminary here in Dallas as a young 18-year-old boy, I have loved Dallas and the Church of Dallas,” Bishop Seitz said in a May 6 statement. “But when I presented myself for ordination as a deacon, I gave my life to God’s … [Read more...]