- Pope stokes flames ahead of US trip even as he ends problems Updated: May-01-15 8:05 am
VATICAN CITY - When Pope Francis visits the United States this fall, he can expect the same rock-star adulation that greets him wherever he goes. But his positions on hot-button issues such as the death penalty and climate change could quickly set the stage for conflict. That may explain why Francis has been clearing the decks on a host of less high-profile matters of contention that could also have marred the visit.
- Pope Francis to celebrate Mass at Basilica near Catholic U. Updated: Apr-28-15 5:37 pm
WASHINGTON - Pope Francis will celebrate an outdoor Mass from the steps of Washington's basilica for a crowd at the Catholic University of America when he visits in September.
- Madeleine McCann's parents win Portuguese libel case Updated: Apr-28-15 3:08 pm
LISBON, Portugal - The parents of missing British girl Madeleine McCann have won 500,000 euros ($549,000) in a libel action against a former Portuguese detective who published a book alleging they were involved in their daughter's disappearance, according to a Lisbon court ruling published Tuesday.
- Italian authorities: Terror suspects planned Vatican attack Updated: Apr-24-15 11:01 am
MILAN - Islamic extremists suspected in a bomb attack in a Pakistani market that killed more than 100 people had also planned an attack against the Vatican in 2010 that was never carried out, an Italian prosecutor said Friday.
- Cubans welcome news of pope's visit in September Updated: Apr-22-15 5:30 pm
HAVANA - Cubans welcomed the news Wednesday that Pope Francis will visit in September, with many calling it a powerful reinforcement of his support for detente between the United States and Cuba.
- Turin Shroud goes back on display for faithful and curious Updated: Apr-19-15 9:41 pm
TURIN, Italy - Turin's archbishop says interest in the Shroud of Turin is so keen that many pilgrims who already saw the burial cloth that some believe covered Jesus are returning to see the linen again.
- Turin Shroud goes back on display for faithful and curious Updated: Apr-18-15 12:23 pm
TURIN, Italy - Turin's archbishop says interest in the Shroud of Turin is so keen that many pilgrims who already saw the burial cloth some believe covered Jesus are returning to see the linen again when it goes back on display starting Sunday.
- Vatican unexpectedly ends crackdown of US nun group Updated: Apr-16-15 4:17 pm
VATICAN CITY - The Vatican has unexpectedly ended its controversial overhaul of the main umbrella group of U.S. nuns, cementing a shift in tone and treatment of the U.S. sisters under the social justice-minded Pope Francis.
- Retired Pope Benedict XVI celebrates 88th birthday with pint Updated: Apr-16-15 12:46 pm
VATICAN CITY - Retired Pope Benedict XVI celebrated his 88th birthday Thursday with a party and a pint of beer.
- UN chief to open Vatican climate change conference Updated: Apr-14-15 6:35 pm
NEW YORK - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will open a key Vatican meeting this month on Pope Francis' highly anticipated teaching document on climate change.
- Turkey recalls ambassador over pope's Armenia genocide words Updated: Apr-12-15 4:22 pm
VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis on Sunday marked the 100th anniversary of the slaughter of Armenians by calling the massacre by Ottoman Turks "the first genocide of the 20th century" and urging the international community to recognize it as such. Turkey immediately responded by recalling its ambassador and accusing Francis of spreading hatred and "unfounded claims."
- Bishop William Friend, who led Shreveport Diocese, dies Updated: Apr-08-15 5:05 pm
SHREVEPORT, Louisiana - The Diocese of Shreveport's first leader has died.