- Slain Salvadoran archbishop's beatification a rallying point Updated: May-21-15 4:19 pm
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador - To some he was a champion of the poor, a defender of human rights during some of El Salvador's darkest days. Others called him a supporter of armed revolution, a Marxist guerrilla clothed in a cleric's cassock.
- Beatification of Romero signals new understanding of martyr Updated: May-20-15 8:49 am
VATICAN CITY - The upcoming beatification of El Salvador Archbishop Oscar Romero is doing more than just giving Latin America its long-awaited saint-in-waiting. It has helped redefine the Catholic Church's concept of martyrdom and paved the way for others killed for doing God's work to follow in Romero's saint-making footsteps.
- 'King of the Blues' B.B. King dead at 89 at home in Vegas Updated: May-15-15 1:30 pm
LAS VEGAS - B.B. King, whose scorching guitar licks and heartfelt vocals made him the idol of generations of musicians and fans while earning him the nickname King of the Blues, died late Thursday at home in Las Vegas. He was 89.
- 'Blues can never die': B.B. King reigned but music lives on Updated: May-15-15 12:18 pm
LAS VEGAS - B.B. King believed anyone could play the blues, and that "as long as people have problems, the blues can never die."
- 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.
- Motley mix of players challenge Polish president in election Updated: May-09-15 2:16 am
WARSAW, Poland - The incumbent is an aristocrat who embodies Polish tradition. His challengers include a punk rock star, a blonde bombshell actress and a renegade vodka producer who once wielded a gun at a press conference.
- 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.
- 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.