- The Latest: 'Christianity is under attack,' Mormons told Updated: Oct-03-15 2:09 pm
SALT LAKE CITY - The latest on developments at the Mormon Conference, held twice a year to give guidance, inspiration and news from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (all times local):
- Episcopal Church hosts annual blessing of animals Updated: Oct-03-15 1:13 pm
CONCORD, New Hampshire - Ferrets and fish are among the pets being invited to participate in the Episcopal Church's annual Blessing of the Animals in New Hampshire.
- Vatican fires gay priest on eve of synod Updated: Oct-03-15 11:53 am
VATICAN CITY - The Vatican on Saturday fired a monsignor who came out as gay on the eve of a big meeting of the world's bishops to discuss church outreach to gays, divorcees and more traditional Catholic families.
- Lexington Hunger Walk raises awareness along with money Updated: Oct-03-15 8:26 am
LEXINGTON, Kentucky - Alice Rogers was getting her blood pressure checked at her doctor's office when the nurse's assistant asked her where she worked.
- Vatican upends Davis affair with news of audience with gays Updated: Oct-02-15 10:48 pm
VATICAN CITY - The Vatican turned the tables Friday on the pope's meeting with Kim Davis: Not only did it distance the pontiff from her claims that he endorsed her stand on same-sex marriage, it said the only "real audience" Francis had in Washington was with a small group that included a gay couple.
- Warren Jeffs' son opens up about secretive polygamous sect Updated: Oct-02-15 10:05 pm
SALT LAKE CITY - A son of jailed polygamous leader Warren Jeffs describes how he was manipulated, shuffled around the country and assigned to work crews to atone for his perceived transgressions before leaving the sect last year.
- Lt. Gov: 'Fellow Christians' should consider handgun permits Updated: Oct-02-15 7:27 pm
NASHVILLE, Tennessee - Tennessee Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey said in a Facebook posting Friday that "fellow Christians" should consider getting a handgun carry permit after a gunman killed nine people at a community college in Oregon.
- Lt. Gov: 'Fellow Christians' should consider handgun permits Updated: Oct-02-15 7:25 pm
NASHVILLE, Tennessee - Tennessee Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey said in a Facebook posting Friday that "fellow Christians" should consider getting a handgun carry permit after the mass shooting in Oregon.
- Lawyers: Vatican official helped set up Kim Davis, pope meet Updated: Oct-02-15 5:11 pm
WASHINGTON - Lawyers for a Kentucky clerk at the center of the U.S. gay marriage debate say the Vatican ambassador to Washington helped arrange her meeting with Pope Francis last week.
- Ex-priest who raped boy will be freed after decade in prison Updated: Oct-02-15 4:55 pm
SALEM, Massachusetts - A former Roman Catholic priest who raped an altar boy and spent more than a decade in prison will be freed after prosecutors withdrew a civil petition Friday to have him committed as a sexually dangerous person.
- Vatican beefs up IOC contacts, but cautious on Rome bid Updated: Oct-01-15 3:13 pm
VATICAN CITY - The Vatican is beefing up its contacts with the International Olympic Committee but isn't taking sides in Rome's bid for the 2024 Games, which organizers hope will include the marathon winding through St. Peter's Square.
- Vatican cricket team to play Muslim, Argentine slum clubs Updated: Oct-01-15 3:07 pm
VATICAN CITY - The Vatican is expanding the reach of its cricket club this season, hosting a Muslim team from Yorkshire and a club from the same Buenos Aires slum where Jorge Mario Bergoglio ministered before becoming Pope Francis.
- Kids say polygamous sect made them harvest pecans for years Updated: Oct-01-15 2:50 pm
SALT LAKE CITY - Children say they harvested pecans for years for a bishop in the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
- Romanian church considers popular monk for sainthood Updated: Oct-01-15 2:48 pm
BUCHAREST, Romania - The Romanian Orthodox Church said Thursday it is considering a Romanian monk persecuted by the communists and known as the "saint of Transylvania" for sainthood.
- Europe's story: Layers of migration Updated: Oct-01-15 6:35 am
LONDON - London's Brick Lane Mosque started as a church for Protestants hounded from Catholic France - for whom the word "refugee" was first coined. Later, displaced Jews turned it into a synagogue. Today, Muslims kick off their shoes in the lobby before prayers.
- Carson raising millions to become '16 fundraising juggernaut Updated: Oct-01-15 3:45 am
RANDLEMAN, North Carolina - She had never before given more than a few hundred dollars to a politician. But two weeks ago, Jacquelyn Monroe, a single mother who plays the piano for a living, decided to raise $100,000 for Ben Carson.
- Christian evangelicals in Jerusalem show love for Israel Updated: Oct-01-15 2:49 am
JERUSALEM - Thousands of evangelical Christians from more than 80 countries descended upon Jerusalem this week to show their support for the Jewish state, including pilgrims and politicians from countries with a history of hostility toward Israel.
- Red Cross: Wounded trapped in C. African Republic capital Updated: Sep-30-15 10:03 pm
BANGUI, Central African Republic - Aid officials pleaded for access to the neighborhoods of Central African Republic's treacherous capital on Wednesday, saying that sectarian clashes between rivaling Christian and Muslim militias make it too dangerous to help the wounded and to recover bodies.
- Burkina Faso coup leader in Vatican Embassy Updated: Sep-30-15 5:48 pm
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso - The military general who led the short-lived coup in Burkina Faso has sought refuge at the Vatican Embassy, a day after the army opened fire on his supporters in the presidential guard to force them to disarm, a person who works closely with the clergy said Wednesday.
- Vatican insists relations on track after Rome mayor tiff Updated: Sep-30-15 4:38 pm
VATICAN CITY - The Vatican is insisting that relations with Italy are on track despite an embarrassing few days which saw the pope chastise Rome's mayor in public and another Vatican official make disparaging remarks about him in private.
- Pope: Cuba-US flight symbolic of bridge being built Updated: Sep-30-15 6:44 am
VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis has said his recent flight from Cuba to the United States was symbolic of the bridge that is being built between the two countries.
- Tiny church turns heads in Topeka bank Updated: Sep-30-15 3:01 am
MANHATTAN, Kansas - Manhattan residents Joe and Patricia Beaudet were devout Catholics who spoke often in their later years of building a miniature church - one with painstaking detail that reflected the faith they shared with each other through nearly 61 years of marriage.
- The Latest on execution: Georgia woman is executed Updated: Sep-30-15 12:39 am
ATLANTA - The latest on the scheduled execution of the only woman on Georgia's death row. All times local:
- Critics slam Philadelphia ex-archbishop's role in pope visit Updated: Sep-28-15 10:13 pm
PHILADELPHIA - A former archbishop who retired amid allegations he put church interests ahead of clergy sexual abuse victims returned to the city over the weekend to help Pope Francis celebrate Mass, drawing criticism from advocates who said his visibility "rubs salt into deep wounds."
- Philadelphia mayor says pope's visit a tremendous success Updated: Sep-28-15 9:43 pm
PHILADELPHIA - City and Catholic leaders on Monday heralded Pope Francis' weekend visit as a success while acknowledging complaints from pilgrims who got stuck in long security lines and businesses that saw underwhelming demand.