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  • Local Armenian families in Andover remember genocide 
    Updated: May-02-15 10:25 am

    ANDOVER, Massachusetts - Four generations of Susan Hazarvartian's family know the story of Verjene Masherejian.

  • Despite protests, Expo 2015 a potential diplomatic setting 
    Updated: May-01-15 2:20 pm

    MILAN - The Expo 2015 world's fair showed potential as a backdrop for serious diplomacy as it opened Friday for a six-month run, even as it also served as a lightning rod for anti-globalization protests.

  • Despite protests, Expo 2015 a potential diplomatic setting story has photos
    Updated: May-01-15 1:53 pm

    MILAN - The Expo 2015 world's fair showed potential as a backdrop for serious diplomacy as it opened Friday for a six-month run, even as it also served as a lightning rod for anti-globalization protests.

  • 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.

  • Retiring Santa Fe archbishop says archdiocese a better place 
    Updated: Apr-28-15 3:29 pm

    ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - More than two decades after taking over in the wake of sexual abuse scandals, retiring Santa Fe Archbishop Michael Sheehan said he believes he's leaving the archdiocese a better place and that there's more accountability in addressing allegations of abuse.

  • UN, Vatican team up for climate change agenda story has photos
    Updated: Apr-28-15 12:09 pm

    VATICAN CITY - The United Nations and Vatican joined forces Tuesday to warn about the dire effects of climate change, gathering religious leaders, Nobel laureates and heads of state to present a united front ahead of make-or-break environment talks later this year in Paris.

  • Study: Obama most followed on Twitter, pope most influential 
    Updated: Apr-28-15 10:15 am

    BERLIN - A new study shows U.S. President Barack Obama is still by far the most followed world leader on Twitter, but Pope Francis is considered the most influential by the number of his messages retweeted.

  • NYC rabbi receives papal knighthood 
    Updated: Apr-28-15 6:26 am

    NEW YORK - A Park Avenue synagogue rabbi has received a papal knighthood.

  • Centenary of 1.5 million Armenian deaths marked in NYC story has photos
    Updated: Apr-26-15 6:49 pm

    NEW YORK - Thousands of people packed Times Square on Sunday to demand that the U.S. government recognize the deaths of up to 1.5 million Armenians during World War I as genocide.

  • World offers help after Nepal quake, but few know scope yet story has photos
    Updated: Apr-25-15 11:06 pm

    LONDON - As world leaders and global charities try to grasp the scope of an earthquake that devastated parts of tiny, mountainous Nepal, they are preparing emergency aid for the survivors but worrying how to make sure it gets there.

  • Huge Los Angeles march commemorates Armenian killings story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Apr-24-15 6:44 pm

    LOS ANGELES - Tens of thousands of people marched in Los Angeles on Friday to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the killings of an estimated 1.5 million Armenians during the Ottoman Empire, and to press for recognition by Turkey and U.S. that it was genocide.

  • Armenia marks centennial of killing of 1.5 million story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Apr-24-15 4:44 pm

    YEREVAN, Armenia - The presidents of Russia and France joined other leaders Friday at ceremonies commemorating the massacre of Armenians a century ago by Ottoman Turks, an event which still stirs bitter feelings as both sides argue over whether to call it genocide.

  • San Francisco Catholics deeply divided over archbishop 
    Updated: Apr-24-15 3:01 pm

    SAN FRANCISCO - Many Roman Catholics in this city named for humble St. Francis are sparring with each other on social media and in letters to the editor over one figure: Their leader in the faith, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone.

  • Italian authorities: Terror suspects planned Vatican attack story has photos
    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.

  • Religion news in brief 
    Updated: Apr-24-15 7:17 am

    Catholics say final farewell to Chicago's Cardinal George

  • Erdogan: Turkey's ancestors never committed genocide 
    Updated: Apr-23-15 9:13 pm

    ANKARA, Turkey - On the eve of the day marking the centenary of the Ottoman massacres of Armenians, Turkey's president said Thursday his nation's ancestors never committed genocide.

  • Maradona meets the pope again: 'I'm Francis' top fan' 
    Updated: Apr-23-15 3:00 pm

    VATICAN CITY - Diego Maradona says he's Pope Francis' top fan.

  • Archbishop to skip national rally opposing gay marriage 
    Updated: Apr-23-15 12:56 pm

    SAN FRANCISCO - San Francisco's Roman Catholic archbishop, who is at the center of growing debate over his opposition to gay marriage, will miss an annual march in Washington, D.C., next week opposing same-sex marriage, his archdiocese said.

  • Cubans welcome news of pope's visit in September story has photos
    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.

  • Nurtured by church, Vietnamese immigrants eagerly await pope story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Apr-22-15 11:14 am

    PHILADELPHIA - When Pope Francis visits Philadelphia in September after stops in Washington and New York, the crowd that gathers to hear the papal Mass will look different from the one that greeted Pope John Paul II in 1979. The region's Catholic population has been buoyed by new immigrants, including from Mexico, the Philippines and Vietnam.

  • Israel grapples with whether to recognize Armenian genocide 
    Updated: Apr-22-15 8:16 am

    JERUSALEM - The Nazi genocide of European Jews is widely commemorated in Israel and etched deeply into the psyche of a country founded in the Holocaust's aftermath. But when it comes to the 1915 Armenian genocide, Israel has largely stayed silent.

  • Pope accepts resignation of bishop who didn't report abuse story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Apr-21-15 11:01 pm

    KANSAS CITY, Missouri - Pope Francis accepted the resignation Tuesday of a U.S. bishop who was convicted of failing to report a suspected child abuser, answering calls by victims to take action against bishops who cover up for pedophile priests.

  • Turkey sends condolences to descendants of killed Armenians 
    Updated: Apr-20-15 4:43 pm

    ANKARA, Turkey - Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Monday extended condolences to the descendants of Armenians killed 100 years ago by Ottoman Turks, saying Turkey shared their pain and also announced that a service would be held at the Armenian Patriarchate in Istanbul to commemorate the victims.

  • Longtime Rome rabbi who welcomed John Paul II dies at 99 
    Updated: Apr-20-15 12:19 pm

    ROME - Elio Toaff, the longtime chief rabbi of Rome who helped set Judaism and the Catholic Church on the path to reconciliation after centuries of distrust, has died. He was 99.