Hollywood actress-turned-nun details vocation in new book

Hartford, Conn., May 7, 2013 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Mother Dolores Hart, the woman who left her movie career to become a Benedictine nun, has released a new biography explaining her shift from a rising star in Hollywood to life as a cloistered religious. “I have used the analogy of falling from a 20 story building because that’s what I felt like the first night after I entered,” Mother Hart told CNA May 6. When she was approached by her life-long friend Richard … [Read more...]

Romanian Catholic bishop glad to serve Canadian faithful

Columbus, Ohio, May 7, 2013 / 02:04 am (CNA).- The bishop of the Eparchy of Saint George in Canton is thankful that the area now extends across both Canada and the U.S., enabling him to serve all Romanian Catholics in North America. On April 23, Pope Francis extended the eparchy's jurisdiction, which was throughout the U.S., to cover all of Canada as well. The eparchy – which is equivalent to a diocese in the Latin Church – had already, in 2010, been given jurisdiction over … [Read more...]

New confessional at Conn. parish boosts sacrament

Hartford, Conn., May 7, 2013 / 12:01 am (CNA).- A Connecticut priest says a new confessional recently installed at his parish stands as a visible sign of God's grace, and has increased churchgoers' participation in the sacrament. “A confessional is a sign of the sacrament, and I wanted to have such a sign in the church,” said Father Janusz Kukulka, pastor of St. Mary the Immaculate Conception in Derby. In a May 2 interview, Fr. Kukulka told CNA that more parishioners … [Read more...]

Congressman calls attention to human trafficking in US

Washington D.C., May 6, 2013 / 06:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In a recent Virginia forum, U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) highlighted the largely unknown problem of human trafficking within the United States, offering suggestions for how to fight “modern day slavery.”While many see slavery as a problem of history, Wolf said, “slavery, of a different sort, still exists today.” He also stressed that human trafficking is a local issue, with girls being held in sex … [Read more...]

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...]