- 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.
- Catholics say final farewell to Chicago's Cardinal George Updated: Apr-23-15 5:19 pm
CHICAGO - Cardinal Francis George was remembered Thursday as a man of deep faith, intellect and compassion as Catholics said their final goodbyes to the man who led the nation's third-largest archdiocese and was known as a vigorous defender of Roman Catholic orthodoxy.
- 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.
- Nurtured by church, Vietnamese immigrants eagerly await pope 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.
- First day of visitation for Chicago's Cardinal George begins Updated: Apr-21-15 7:15 pm
CHICAGO - Mourners gathered at Chicago's Holy Name Cathedral on Tuesday for the first of three days of visitation for the late Cardinal Francis George.
- Death penalty protest marks return of marathon bomber trial Updated: Apr-21-15 6:04 pm
BOSTON - Death penalty opponents are renewing their calls for mercy as the federal trial of convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev enters the penalty phase.
- 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.
- 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.
- Cardinal Francis George, key Catholic orthodoxy voice, dies Updated: Apr-18-15 1:07 am
CHICAGO - Cardinal Francis George, a vigorous defender of Roman Catholic orthodoxy who played a key role in the church's response to the clergy sex abuse scandal and led the U.S. bishops' fight against Obamacare, has died after a long fight with cancer. He was 78.
- 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."
- Charles and Camilla mark 10th wedding anniversary Updated: Apr-09-15 4:16 pm
LONDON - The heir to the British throne and his consort, Camilla, are celebrating 10 years of marriage - a decade in which Camilla's public image has gone from aristocratic home-wrecker to admired addition to the royal family.
- 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.