At DC event, Christian converts recount captivity in Iran

Washington D.C., Apr 13, 2013 / 04:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Two Iranian converts to Christianity recently spoke of their experiences facing persecution and imprisonment in their country for their religious beliefs. “It’s not just about religion,” said Maryam Rostampour, one of the two women who spoke at a panel in Washington, D.C., of her home country’s treatment of religious minorities. “It’s about government power,” she noted during her address at … [Read more...]

US bishops urge support for international arms treaty

Washington D.C., Apr 13, 2013 / 01:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry, a representative of the U.S. bishops' conference asked that the Obama Administration hasten to review and sign a treaty to decrease arms trade. “As a world leader and a major arms exporter, our nation should set a positive example for other nations to follow in efforts to reduce the flow of weapons into situations that violate human rights and cause terrible suffering,” … [Read more...]

Pope appoints advisors for Curia reform

Vatican City, Apr 13, 2013 / 09:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In response to suggestions during talks leading up to the papal conclave, Pope Francis has appointed eight cardinals to advise him on governing the Church and reforming the Curia. Eight cardinals, representing all the continents, will serve to advise the Pope in “the government of the universal Church” and will “study a plan for revising”  the Curia, the Vatican announced April 13. Those selected for the … [Read more...]

New York’s longest-serving priest was ‘generous to a fault’

New York City, N.Y., Apr 13, 2013 / 06:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Monsignor Gerald Ryan, the New York archdiocese's longest serving pastor and who died April 11, was  described by one of his parishioners as exceedingly generous and ever-ready to help his people. “He was compassionate, and generous to a fault. He never ever was too busy to listen to anybody,” Madelyn Feliciano, office manager at St. Luke's parish, told CNA April 12. “If anybody needed a priest to … [Read more...]