- Protesters occupying church for 11 years pray for reprieve Updated: May-29-15 2:17 am
SCITUATE, Massachusetts - Parishioners occupying a Catholic church south of Boston for nearly 11 years say they're not worried about a court-ordered deadline.
- Biblical soap opera enjoying ungodly success in Brazil Updated: May-29-15 12:04 am
RIO DE JANEIRO - The actress agonizes on her deathbed, her hair and makeup impeccable, as the hunky male lead clutches her hand. Tears pour down his face while her eyelids flutter to a final close.
- Shocking ads ignite debate about abortion ban in Chile Updated: May-28-15 5:56 pm
SANTIAGO, Chile - The video shows a woman climbing a stairwell, her belly visibly pregnant, as she offers suggestions: Make sure there are no security cameras. Be careful not to look down or you might regret it.
- Pope joining gallery of murals on Philadelphia buildings Updated: May-28-15 5:19 pm
PHILADELPHIA - Philadelphia boasts a large and colorful cast of characters painted on buildings across the city - and now Pope Francis will join the crowd.
- Burundi: Catholic bishops withdraw support for elections Updated: May-28-15 2:12 pm
BUJUMBURA, Burundi - Catholic Church leaders said on Thursday they no longer support the Burundi government's decision to hold elections next month amid political unrest over President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid for a third term. The European Union also said it was suspending its election observer mission here.
- Philadelphia Archdiocese teachers reject proposed contract Updated: May-28-15 11:24 am
PHILADELPHIA - Teachers at the Philadelphia Archdiocese's 17 high schools have rejected a proposed one-year contract.
- Christian schools in Israel say budget cuts hurt community Updated: May-28-15 8:26 am
RAMLE, Israel - It was an unlikely display of protesters: nuns cloaked in white, a black-clad priest clutching a golden scepter and dozens of Arab schoolchildren picketing outside the hulking headquarters of Israel's Education Ministry. Their message, raised high on large banners: "Take your hands off our schools."
- Lawsuit accuses Notre Dame professor of sexual assault Updated: May-28-15 8:03 am
SOUTH BEND, Indiana - A Roman Catholic priest who is a theology professor at the University of Notre Dame is accused of sexually abusing an unidentified boy more than 30 years ago in a lawsuit filed against him, the Archdiocese of San Antonio and a former priest who is believed to have gone into hiding more than a decade ago.
- UK Methodist Church apologizes for past sexual abuse cases Updated: May-28-15 6:58 am
LONDON - Britain's Methodist Church said Thursday it had found almost 2,000 reports of physical and sexual abuse within the institution over more than half a century, and has apologized for failing to protect the victims.
- Lutheran pastor also a Scotch whisky reviewer Updated: May-28-15 4:14 am
HARTLAND TOWNSHIP, Michigan - A Livingston County reverend wrote a book, and its subject matter might surprise you. "The Angels' Portion: A Clergyman's Whisky Narrative" is a collection of Scotch whisky reviews that reads more like a collection of creative short stories.
- Climate of change: The Catholic church's dance with science Updated: May-27-15 3:09 pm
From Galileo to genetics, the Roman Catholic Church has danced with science, sometimes in a high-tension tango but more often in a supportive waltz. Pope Francis is about to introduce a new twist: global warming.
- Vatican: Irish gay marriage vote a 'defeat for humanity' Updated: May-27-15 8:29 am
VATICAN CITY - The Vatican's secretary of state has called the Irish vote to legalize gay marriage a "defeat for humanity," evidence of the soul-searching going on in Catholic circles after the predominantly Roman Catholic country overwhelmingly rejected traditional church teaching on marriage.
- 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.