World Notes & Quotes

African Nation Silences Catholic Radio

The BBC reported April 20 that “The government of the Democratic Republic of Congo has suspended broadcasts by a Catholic radio station in the eastern city of Kisangani.”

“In a BBC interview, the deputy interior minister, Faustin Munene, accused Radio Amani of dabbling in politics. He said it should stick to religious affairs.

“In addition to its own output, the station rebroadcasts programs of the BBC World Service. Security forces have been stationed in the radio's offices since the suspension on Saturday.

“Correspondents say that journalists in Congo have come under increasing pressure in recent months not to criticize government policy.

“A newspaper editor—Andre Ipakala of La Reference Plus—was reported to have been arrested on Sunday.”

Horace Vernet, “The Angel of Death,” 1851

Don’t Wait to Cram for Your ‘Final Exam’

“Each man receives his eternal retribution in his immortal soul at the very moment of his death, in a particular judgment that refers his life to Christ: either entrance into the blessedness of heaven — through a purification or immediately — or immediate and everlasting damnation.” (CCC 1022)

Francisco de Zurbarán, “The Family of the Virgin,” ca. 1650

Why Do We Ask Mary to Pray for Us?

“After her Son’s Ascension, Mary ‘aided the beginnings of the Church by her prayers.’ In her association with the apostles and several women, ‘we also see Mary by her prayers imploring the gift of the Spirit, who had already overshadowed her in the Annunciation.’” (CCC 965)