- Peace rally held in North Texas after Muslim names published Updated: Nov-28-15 5:48 pm
IRVING, Texas - About 100 demonstrators rallied in front of a suburban Dallas mosque in a show of support for the mosque a week after armed protesters appeared there.
- Oklahoma refugee director says pause admitting Syrians Updated: Nov-28-15 3:08 pm
TULSA, Oklahoma - The director of resettling refugees in eastern Oklahoma says the United States should pause the admission of Syrian refugees until the government can ensure the safety of Americans.
- Pope honors Ugandan Christian martyrs as example of faith Updated: Nov-28-15 12:29 pm
NAMUGONGO, Uganda - Pope Francis on Saturday honored Uganda's 19th century Christian martyrs and encouraged its 21st century Christian youths during a day that saw nearly a half-million Ugandans turn out to see the pontiff before he heads to Central African Republic for the final leg of his African journey.
- Bishop addresses Diocese of Toledo's financial challenges Updated: Nov-28-15 12:25 pm
TOLEDO, Ohio - The Catholic Diocese of Toledo faces "serious financial challenges" that will require the sale of diocese assets and other changes, the bishop told parishioners in a recent letter.
- Pope to visit Central African Republic's divided capital Updated: Nov-28-15 11:23 am
BANGUI, Central African Republic - Georgette Dossio mourns a son whose body she can never bury. Sitting on the dirt under a tent of scrap wood and tarp, she is comforted by her neighbors at the airport displaced-persons camp where she has lived for nearly two years.
- Egypt's Coptic Orthodox leader makes rare Israeli visit Updated: Nov-28-15 11:08 am
JERUSALEM - The leader of Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Church is making a rare visit to Israel to attend the funeral of a senior Coptic official in Jerusalem.
- Former church buildings in Pittsburgh region find new life Updated: Nov-28-15 10:53 am
PITTSBURGH - High ceilings, tons of light, open spaces - what more could an art gallery, community center, live music venue or photo studio want?
- Journey to sainthood begins with simple step for priest Updated: Nov-28-15 10:53 am
VILLANOVA, Pennsylvania - While Archbishop Charles Chaput was preparing for the Philadelphia visit of Pope Francis two months ago, he took time to give his blessing to a mission that may make a deceased Delaware County man a saint.
- The Latest: 150,000 youths attend Pope's rally in Kampala Updated: Nov-28-15 8:26 am
KAMPALA, Uganda - The latest on Pope Francis' first trip to Africa. (All times local.)
- Russians open coffin of next-to-last czar to collect DNA Updated: Nov-27-15 11:48 am
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia - Investigators have opened the coffin of Russia's next-to-last czar to obtain genetic material from his remains and say it was not tampered with in Soviet times.
- Prosecutors seek 580 years for kidnapper of 2 NY Amish girls Updated: Nov-27-15 10:22 am
SYRACUSE, New York - Federal prosecutors are seeking a maximum 580-year prison sentence for a man who sexually abused six children, including two Amish girls he kidnapped in northern New York.
- Head of inquiry into sex abuse outlines scope of probe Updated: Nov-27-15 6:46 am
LONDON - The head of a British inquiry into child sex abuse says the Anglican and Catholic churches will be among the institutions investigated in the wide-ranging probe.
- Affiliate of IS group claims Bangladesh Shiite mosque attack Updated: Nov-27-15 4:27 am
NEW DELHI - An Islamic State group affiliate in Bangladesh said Friday it was behind an attack on a Shiite mosque in the country's north that killed one man and wounded three others.
- Catholic Diocese in Utah investigating 'bleeding host' Updated: Nov-27-15 3:02 am
SALT LAKE CITY - The Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City is investigating after a communion wafer turned red in water, an event known as a "bleeding host" considered miraculous by some.
- El Salvadoran church suspends priest in sex abuse case Updated: Nov-26-15 10:46 pm
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador - El Salvador's Roman Catholic Church announced Thursday it has suspended a well-known priest, saying he acknowledged sexually abusing a young girl.
- Small Mississippi town opens doors to Syrian refugees Updated: Nov-26-15 7:38 pm
LOUISE, Mississippi - Officials in Louise, a Mississippi town of 200, they'll take refugees from Syria, even though Gov. Phil Bryant has said he'll do "everything humanly possible" to keep such resettlements away from Mississippi.
- In Saudi prison, artist facing death says he's no atheist Updated: Nov-26-15 11:27 am
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - A Palestinian artist sentenced to death in Saudi Arabia for apostasy was quoted by a local news website Thursday as saying that he is not an atheist and that his case centers around a personal dispute he had with someone.
- Gambia leader denounces female genital mutilation Updated: Nov-26-15 9:44 am
DAKAR, Senegal - Gambia's president advocated banning female genital mutilation, giving hope to human rights activists who are urging Gambia to adopt a law against the practice.
- Outspoken Miss World Canada denied entry to China Updated: Nov-26-15 9:31 am
HONG KONG - Canada's outspoken Miss World contestant said she was barred Thursday from entering China to take part in this year's pageant and accused Beijing of overreach in extending its campaign of censorship even to beauty contests.
- Rights court upholds French headscarf ban in hospital job Updated: Nov-26-15 4:55 am
PARIS - Europe's top human rights court is upholding France's headscarf ban in the case of a Muslim social worker who lost her hospital job because she would not remove her scarf.
- Settlement results in release of St. John's monk files Updated: Nov-25-15 8:03 pm
ST. CLOUD, Minnesota - St. John's Abbey has released the first batch of internal files of monks as part of a settlement of a clergy sex abuse lawsuit.
- Egypt says 30 percent turnout in 2nd round of voting Updated: Nov-25-15 3:28 pm
CAIRO - Turnout in the second round of Egypt's parliamentary elections was nearly 30 percent, authorities said Wednesday, with the vote expected to result in a rubber-stamp body loyal to President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi.
- County judge: No Nativity or other displays at courthouse Updated: Nov-25-15 3:06 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - No Nativity scene or any secular holiday displays can take root on the courthouse lawn this year, Baxter County Judge Mickey Pendergrass said Wednesday.
- Israel court allows transgender woman's cremation Updated: Nov-25-15 11:22 am
JERUSALEM - The body of an Israeli transgender woman who took her own life will be cremated despite her ultra-Orthodox family's wishes, Israel's Supreme Court ruled in documents obtained Wednesday.
- Spokesman says prayer at public school event was a mistake Updated: Nov-25-15 10:31 am
SABILLASVILLE, Maryland - A Frederick County Public Schools spokesman says a prayer said by a local Methodist minister at an elementary school assembly was a mistake.