Eastern Churches remember St. Anastasius of Sinai on April 20

Denver, Colo., Apr 14, 2013 / 06:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On April 20, Eastern Catholics of the Byzantine tradition honor Saint Anastasius of Sinai, a seventh-century monk and priest known for his scriptural commentaries and defenses of Church teaching.The Roman Catholic Church has traditionally celebrated St. Anastasius on the following day, April 21, though this memorial is not widely celebrated in modern times. The Eastern Orthodox churches, meanwhile, commemorate him on the same date as … [Read more...]

Eastern Churches remember St. Anastasius of Sinai on April 20

Denver, Colo., Apr 14, 2013 / 06:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On April 20, Eastern Catholics of the Byzantine tradition honor Saint Anastasius of Sinai, a seventh-century monk and priest known for his scriptural commentaries and defenses of Church teaching.The Roman Catholic Church has traditionally celebrated St. Anastasius on the following day, April 21, though this memorial is not widely celebrated in modern times. The Eastern Orthodox churches, meanwhile, commemorate him on the same date as … [Read more...]

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...]

National figures demand media attention to Gosnell trial

Philadelphia, Pa., Apr 12, 2013 / 12:51 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The murder trial of Philadelphia doctor Kermit Gosnell has produced graphic testimony of “beheadings” of infants who survive abortions, but the lack of national news coverage has drawn protests and criticism from pro-life leaders, congressmen and professional journalists. U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.) took to the House floor on Thursday, decrying what he called a “national media cover-up” of the trial of … [Read more...]


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