- Salvadorans rejoice as slain Archbishop Romero beatified Updated: May-23-15 5:11 pm
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador - Archbishop Oscar Romero was beatified by Roman Catholic officials Saturday in an emotional ceremony elevating the once-controversial cleric to the ranks of the blessed 35 years after his assassination.
- Chinese leader: Religions must be free of foreign influence Updated: May-20-15 10:14 pm
BEIJING - China's president warned in a key policy speech that religions must be independent from foreign influence, as the government asks domestic religious groups to pledge loyalty to the state.
- Pope urges Chinese Catholics to be 'united' to church Updated: May-20-15 2:49 pm
VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis has urged Catholics in China to be "united to the rock" of the church in Rome.
- Castro: Pope Francis so impressive I might return to church Updated: May-10-15 2:16 pm
VATICAN CITY - Cuban President Raul Castro paid a call Sunday on Pope Francis at the Vatican to thank him for working for Cuban-U.S. detente - and said he was so impressed by the pontiff he is considering a return to the Catholic church's fold.
- Castro's daughter sponsors blessing of Cuban gay couples Updated: May-09-15 9:19 pm
HAVANA - The daughter of Cuban President Raul Castro sponsored a blessing ceremony Saturday for gay couples on an island where gay marriage remains illegal.
- 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.