- Duluth priest says Pope Francis signed baseball for him Updated: May-05-15 6:19 am
DULUTH, Minnesota - A Duluth priest says Pope Francis signed a baseball for him during a recent trip to Rome.
- Georgia town to remove Christian flag flying over City Hall Updated: May-04-15 6:04 pm
COCHRAN, Georgia - Leaders of a central Georgia city say they'll remove a Christian flag flying over City Hall.
- Judge: Rowan leaders must stop Christian prayers at meetings Updated: May-04-15 3:50 pm
WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina - A federal judge ruled Monday that Rowan County commissioners must stop opening their meetings with prayers that almost always referred to Christianity.
- Georgia city to remove Christian flag flying over city hall Updated: May-04-15 3:50 pm
COCHRAN, Georgia - Leaders of a central Georgia city say they'll remove a Christian flag flying over city hall.
- Texas lawmakers attempt to revive religious objections bill Updated: May-04-15 3:17 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - Texas got a taste Monday of the religious objections issue that drew strong criticism elsewhere, with many church leaders imploring state lawmakers to protect religious freedoms in the name of tolerance but others taking the opportunity to openly decry gay marriage.
- Archdiocese needs time to study future of 5 churches Updated: May-04-15 6:31 am
PHILADELPHIA - Philadelphia's Roman Catholic archdiocese needs more time to study whether five Lower Northeast churches can remain open.
- Joyful noise or unholy din? New church 'bells' mean discord Updated: May-03-15 1:06 pm
BURLINGTON, Vermont - The sound system next door is making it hard for Olga Lopatina to love thy neighbor: Christ the King church.
- 2 W.Va. churches organize garden to help drug addicts Updated: May-03-15 9:51 am
PARKERSBURG, West Virginia - Two churches are working together to provide free and healthy produce while helping participants battle drug problems.
- Final service for Presbyterian church in Lexington Updated: May-03-15 4:28 am
LEXINGTON, Georgia - A small church with more than two centuries of history in Oglethorpe County will be hosting its last worship.
- Mormon church issues statement on health of its president Updated: May-02-15 9:11 pm
SALT LAKE CITY - The Mormon church has issued its first statement that directly addresses the health of its 87-year-old president.
- Belmond Lutheran church closing after more than century Updated: May-02-15 4:04 pm
BELMOND, Iowa - St. John Lutheran Church in Belmond is closing its doors after almost 112 years in the community.
- Pope defends soon-to-be saint vs Native American objections Updated: May-02-15 2:52 pm
ROME - Pope Francis on Saturday praised the zeal of an 18th-century Franciscan missionary he will make a saint when he visits the United States this fall but whom Native Americans say brutally converted indigenous people to Christianity.
- NC bishop is finalist to lead worldwide Episcopal Church Updated: May-02-15 12:19 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - A bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina is one of four finalists to lead the Episcopal church in the United States.
- Local Armenian families in Andover remember genocide Updated: May-02-15 10:25 am
ANDOVER, Massachusetts - Four generations of Susan Hazarvartian's family know the story of Verjene Masherejian.
- Last clergy files released in Los Angeles 8 years after deal Updated: May-01-15 6:52 pm
LOS ANGELES - An attorney for hundreds of sex abuse victims in Los Angeles released the last batch of files Friday kept by the Roman Catholic church on priests accused of molesting children.
- 2 sue priest, nun, Louisville archdiocese on sex abuse claim Updated: May-01-15 5:50 pm
LOUISVILLE, Kentucky - Two men are suing a priest, the Louisville archdiocese and a Dominican nun, claiming they were sexually abused by the priest in the 1970s and the church failed to protect them.
- Thinking it's a joke, man hangs up on pope; gets papal hug Updated: May-01-15 12:04 pm
VATICAN CITY - Hang up on Pope Francis and you might get a hug.
- Catholic bishops in Kansas call for Medicaid expansion Updated: May-01-15 10:53 am
TOPEKA, Kansas - Catholic bishops in Kansas want lawmakers to expand Medicaid to provide health coverage for 130,000 low-income residents who don't have insurance.
- Pope stokes flames ahead of US trip even as he ends problems Updated: May-01-15 8:05 am
VATICAN CITY - When Pope Francis visits the United States this fall, he can expect the same rock-star adulation that greets him wherever he goes. But his positions on hot-button issues such as the death penalty and climate change could quickly set the stage for conflict. That may explain why Francis has been clearing the decks on a host of less high-profile matters of contention that could also have marred the visit.
- Argentine families expect pope to open dictatorship files Updated: Apr-30-15 5:01 pm
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina - Family members of people forcibly "disappeared" during Argentina's 1976-83 military dictatorship are hoping Pope Francis will order the opening of files from the era.
- Monsignor headed back to prison on child endangerment charge Updated: Apr-30-15 2:37 pm
PHILADELPHIA - A Roman Catholic church official was sent back to prison Thursday after the state Supreme Court reinstated his 2012 child endangerment conviction over his handling of priest sexual abuse complaints.
- Diocese posts names on website of clergy accused of abuse Updated: Apr-30-15 1:08 pm
HELENA, Montana - The names of former priests and other employees who were accused of sexually abusing children have been posted online by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Helena.
- Owners of temporary homes in Minot face June 1 deadline Updated: Apr-30-15 9:16 am
MINOT, North Dakota - The owners of the last 10 temporary housing units on private lots in Minot face a June 1 deadline for removing them, as more signs of recovery spring up around the city ravaged by the Souris River four years ago.
- Ancient Biblical practice goes digital for Mormons Updated: Apr-30-15 8:01 am
SALT LAKE CITY - Mormons will now be able to pay their tithing online, bringing modern flair to the Biblical practice started by Abraham.
- Vatican hosts charity concert with poor, aged in VIP seats Updated: Apr-30-15 7:32 am
VATICAN CITY - The Vatican is hosting a charity concert next month with a Franciscan twist: The VIP seats are going to the poor and the elderly.