- Pope departs for Cuba, first stop before Mexico Updated: Feb-12-16 2:55 am
ROME - Pope Francis has begun a seven-day trip that will take him first to Havana, Cuba, then to Mexico.
- Revitalized El Paso ready to show off for papal tourists Updated: Feb-11-16 8:42 pm
EL PASO, Texas - No longer the desolate space it was a few years ago, downtown El Paso is ripe with new hotels, bars, restaurants - and bulldozers that herald the planned construction of a streetcar, a children's museum, a Mexican-American cultural center and new mixed-used buildings.
- Rabbi ejected from Northern Arizona town meeting over prayer Updated: Feb-11-16 2:41 pm
CHINO VALLEY, Arizona - A rabbi was removed from a town council meeting in Northern Arizona after she protested when the mayor read a Christian invocation.
- 5 Things to Know about the pope's trip to Mexico Updated: Feb-11-16 11:31 am
VATICAN CITY - History's first Latin American pope travels to Mexico on Friday for a weeklong tour of some of the most violent, poverty-stricken and peripheral places in the Americas. He'll be bringing a message of hope and solidarity to victims of drug violence, trafficking and discrimination - a message the Vatican hopes will also resonate north of the border.
- Battle Creek couple starts new community church Updated: Feb-11-16 11:20 am
BATTLE CREEK, Michigan - Battle Creek couple Stephanie and Pastor John Boyd understand how it feels to lose and rediscover faith.
- Diocese of Gallup to get Ciudad Juarez Papal Mass tickets Updated: Feb-11-16 5:01 am
GALLUP, New Mexico - The Diocese of Gallup says it also will be getting tickets to a Papal Mass in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.
- Church talks help make Cuba 'perfect place for negotiations' Updated: Feb-11-16 12:13 am
HAVANA - The heads of the Roman Catholic and Russian Orthodox churches will hold a historic meeting Friday in the threadbare international airport of an officially secular, communist-run tropical island.
- Defense begins case in trial against polygamous towns Updated: Feb-10-16 7:30 pm
PHOENIX - The mayor of a polygamous town in Utah accused of functioning as an arm of a polygamous church said Wednesday that he has never discriminated based on religion.
- The Latest: Ex-priest worked at Catholic charity in Phoenix Updated: Feb-10-16 5:31 pm
PHOENIX - The Latest on the arrest in Arizona of a former priest in the 1960 cold-case killing of a Texas schoolteacher (all times local):
- Pope visit to Mexico basilica highlights Guadalupe influence Updated: Feb-10-16 4:15 pm
MEXICO CITY - A weathered pastel image of the Virgin of Guadalupe hangs from German Herrera Hernandez's dashboard, watching over his passengers from her perch next to his cigarettes, gum and the handful of coins he uses to make change.
- Jailed church official wins latest child-endangerment appeal Updated: Feb-10-16 3:54 pm
PHILADELPHIA - A Roman Catholic church official could soon seek bail after a Pennsylvania appeals court refused to review a decision to throw out his child-endangerment conviction.
- Pope on Ash Wednesday: charity's not to please ourselves Updated: Feb-10-16 2:40 pm
VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis rubbed ashes on the bowed heads of prelates, nuns and ordinary Catholics Wednesday, and had them smudged on his own head, too, to usher in the Lenten season of prayer and sacrifice he said must be done out of authentic love, not to satisfy one's conscience.
- Ash Wednesday begins the 40-day Lenten season Updated: Feb-10-16 8:42 am
NEW ORLEANS - It's Ash Wednesday, beginning of the 40-day Lenten season and churches are holding Ash Wednesday masses.
- Santa Fe archbishop to host Albuquerque forum on immigration Updated: Feb-10-16 5:01 am
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - Santa Fe Archbishop John Wester is planning to host a forum around the subject of immigration.
- Archbishop marks Ash Wednesday with 'Unleash the Gospel' Updated: Feb-10-16 4:01 am
DETROIT - Detroit's Roman Catholic archbishop is marking Ash Wednesday by kicking off an effort to energize Catholics to share the Gospel and grow the church.
- Assembly approves bill allowing Christmas trees in churches Updated: Feb-09-16 9:09 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - The state Assembly has passed a bill prohibiting government officials from banning live Christmas trees in churches and the state Capitol rotunda.
- Pope briefs priests: Don't be smug, don't judge sinners Updated: Feb-09-16 4:39 pm
VATICAN CITY - A specially-recruited group of priests received last-minute instructions from Pope Francis Tuesday before fanning out through the world to show a more merciful face of the Catholic Church to sinners.
- Police seize Santa Fe archdiocese files in molestation case Updated: Feb-09-16 10:47 am
SANTA FE, New Mexico - Authorities have seized records from the Archdiocese of Santa Fe as part of an investigation into claims that a Catholic school teacher inappropriately touched female students.
- Officials seek to relocate Amish businesses to county Updated: Feb-08-16 5:31 pm
PHILIPPI, West Virginia - The Barbour County Economic Development Authority is seeking to attract Amish families to Philippi and the surrounding region in a strategy to boost tourism and retail opportunities.
- No new trial for priest convicted of sex tourism with boys Updated: Feb-08-16 5:06 pm
PITTSBURGH - A priest who was convicted of sexually assaulting poor street children during missionary trips to Honduras and said federal prosecutors wrongly withheld evidence in his case won't get a new trial, a judge ruled.
- Senate leader: Utah medical pot plan may not be dead Updated: Feb-08-16 3:14 pm
SALT LAKE CITY - The president of the Utah state Senate says a bill allowing the medical use of edible pot products may not be dead on arrival just because the Mormon church opposes it.
- With only 29 students, Catholic school in Missouri hangs on Updated: Feb-08-16 1:20 pm
MONTROSE, Missouri - The bell tower of the old Catholic church rises above all else in this tabletop-flat town.
- Baptist summer camp in Davis turns into year-round facility Updated: Feb-08-16 11:41 am
DAVIS, Oklahoma - A years-long, multimillion dollar effort to revitalize a Baptist camp and conference center in Davis has been completed.
- Vatican stresses policy role of sex committee after ouster Updated: Feb-08-16 10:18 am
VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis' sex-abuse commission stressed Monday that its sole purpose is to propose initiatives to protect children from pedophiles, after it effectively suspended a member who advocated a more activist role.
- Petal church reopens 3 years after tornado devastation Updated: Feb-08-16 6:27 am
PETAL, Mississippi - Worshippers have returned to their church that was destroyed three years ago by a deadly tornado.