- 11-year protest in Catholic church faces moment of reckoning Updated: May-26-15 10:27 am
SCITUATE, Massachusetts - Parts of St. Francis Xavier Cabrini Roman Catholic Church could easily be mistaken for someone's living room, if not for the stained glass window depicting Mother Cabrini, the patron saint of impossible causes.
- What does Ireland vote say about US debate on gay marriage? Updated: May-25-15 6:14 pm
NEW YORK - Ireland's national referendum on same-sex marriage, which was approved by 62 percent of the voters, comes just weeks ahead of an expected ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court on whether to legalize gay marriage throughout the United States. A look at some of the parallels and contrasts in the two countries' situations:
- Knotty exhibit planned for pope symbolizes life's challenges Updated: May-25-15 2:34 pm
PHILADELPHIA - A knotty exhibit being created for Pope Francis' upcoming trip to Philadelphia will honor the pontiff's teachings by letting visitors acknowledge the challenges in their daily lives.
- Vatican bank profits soar as recovery, reform continue Updated: May-25-15 6:50 am
VATICAN CITY - The Vatican bank said Monday its profit soared by more than 20 times last year as it recovered from a trading loss and continued its reform process away from its scandal-marred past.
- Kenai Christian academy graduates 1 senior Updated: May-24-15 4:57 pm
KENAI, Alaska - Wings Christian Academy, based in Kenai's Immanuel Baptist Church, held a graduation ceremony for Tyler Ophus, its sole departing senior.
- Southern Indiana Legion post continues six-decade tradition Updated: May-24-15 1:55 pm
HOPE, Indiana - Members of Hope American Legion Post 229 will gather at their headquarters Monday morning - rain or shine - to continue a tradition that is at least six decades old.
- Aging Catholic nuns get care at Jewish nursing home Updated: May-24-15 12:22 pm
NEW YORK - For 98-year-old Sister Angela Rooney, it was one of the most jarring moves of her life.
- Catholics organize to promote pope's climate change message Updated: May-24-15 12:13 pm
NEW YORK - There will be prayer vigils and pilgrimages, policy briefings and seminars, and sermons in parishes from the U.S. to the Philippines.
- Russians celebrate the saints who gave them their alphabet Updated: May-24-15 9:56 am
MOSCOW - Thousands of Russians have filled Red Square to join the patriarch of Russia's Orthodox Church in celebrating Slavic literature and the two ninth-century monks considered to be the creators of the Cyrillic alphabet.
- Pope says Romero was killed out of hatred for his faith Updated: May-24-15 7:05 am
VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis urged pilgrims filling St. Peter's Square on Pentecost Sunday to take "the heroic examples" of a slain El Salvadoran bishop and an Italian nun who worked in Kenya who were beatified this weekend.
- 'Bold' Ireland votes to legalize gay marriage in landslide Updated: May-23-15 6:25 pm
DUBLIN - Ireland's citizens have voted in a landslide to legalize gay marriage, electoral officials announced Saturday - a stunningly lopsided result that illustrates what Catholic leaders and rights activists alike called a "social revolution."
- Detroit Midtown church will hold final Mass Sunday Updated: May-23-15 5:48 pm
DETROIT - After 89 years, a Catholic church in Detroit will hold its last Sunday Mass.
- Gov. Haley's upcoming appearance at prayer rally questioned Updated: May-23-15 5:38 pm
NORTH CHARLESTON, South Carolina - Gov. Nikki Haley has come under criticism for her plan to headline a massive Christian-themed prayer rally next month.
- Salvadorans rejoice as slain Archbishop Romero beatified Updated: May-23-15 5:11 pm
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador - Archbishop Oscar Romero was beatified by Roman Catholic officials Saturday in an emotional ceremony elevating the once-controversial cleric to the ranks of the blessed 35 years after his assassination.
- For 2nd year, Mormon LGBT group's bid to join parades denied Updated: May-23-15 5:07 pm
SALT LAKE CITY - For the second straight year, organizers of two of Utah's most popular parades have rejected a Mormon LGBT group's request to participate.
- Leader of Armenian Apostolic Church to visit Providence Updated: May-23-15 12:58 pm
PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island - An Armenian church will welcome a head of the Armenian Apostolic Church later this month.
- Cyprus' rival leaders take stroll through divided capital Updated: May-23-15 8:17 am
NICOSIA, Cyprus - Rival Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders took a stroll together on both sides of the divided capital's medieval center on Saturday to raise the feel-good factor as talks aimed at reunifying the ethnically split island kick into gear.
- Australia in Europe's Song Contest? In a word, yes. Updated: May-22-15 9:11 am
VIENNA - For the first time in its 60-year history, the Eurovision Song Contest may be won by - Australia.
- Sheriff: Ex-teacher gave marijuana brownies to students Updated: May-21-15 7:50 pm
COVINGTON, Louisiana - A former teacher at a Catholic high school in suburban New Orleans has been charged with giving marijuana-laced brownies to two students.
- Cross-dressing diva Conchita Wurst to Putin: Let's hang out Updated: May-21-15 12:32 pm
- Catholics in San Francisco rally against 'morality clauses' Updated: May-20-15 11:44 pm
SAN FRANCISCO - Teachers from four San Francisco Catholic high schools on Wednesday rejected the archbishop's latest revision of a teacher handbook.
- Chinese leader: Religions must be free of foreign influence Updated: May-20-15 10:14 pm
BEIJING - China's president warned in a key policy speech that religions must be independent from foreign influence, as the government asks domestic religious groups to pledge loyalty to the state.
- Vatican finance minister denies Australian bribe allegation Updated: May-20-15 9:20 pm
CANBERRA, Australia - Pope Francis' finance minister has denied an allegation that he offered a bribe to a victim of clergy abuse to protect a pedophile priest.
- Diocese welcomes new Catholic bishop for Spokane Updated: May-20-15 9:13 pm
SPOKANE, Washington - The Spokane Catholic Diocese welcomed a new bishop with a ceremony on Wednesday.
- Pope urges Chinese Catholics to be 'united' to church Updated: May-20-15 2:49 pm
VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis has urged Catholics in China to be "united to the rock" of the church in Rome.