- Pope Francis a stranger to the US in many ways Updated: Aug-30-15 2:35 pm
NEW YORK - When Pope Francis sets foot on the tarmac at Andrews Air Force Base near Washington on Sept. 22, it won't just be his first time in the United States as pontiff. It will be his first time in the country - ever in his life.
- Called to religious life, but not a priestly one Updated: Aug-30-15 12:10 pm
SCRANTON, Pennsylvania - John Baldino heard the calling to religious life. It just took time to recognize where it beckoned.
- Ministers: Second calling sometimes leads to clergy career Updated: Aug-30-15 9:40 am
COLUMBUS, Ohio - One of the Rev. Jay Anderson's most vivid childhood memories involves lining up his stuffed animals on the family couch before tipping an ottoman on its side as a makeshift altar and preaching to the fluffy faithful.
- Pope: Let's stop crimes like deaths of migrants in trucks Updated: Aug-30-15 6:58 am
VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis is urging people to work together to stop crimes against migrants, including the 71 who perished in a smuggler's truck on the main Budapest-Vienna highway.
- Requiem Mass for slain Oklahoma Labor Commissioner Costello Updated: Aug-29-15 4:35 pm
EDMOND, Oklahoma - Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett and U.S. Reps. Jim Bridenstine and Markwayne Mullin were among those attending Requiem Mass for slain state Labor Commissioner Mark Costello.
- Former teacher spearheading new literacy campaign Updated: Aug-29-15 3:07 pm
DANVILLE, Kentucky - Elaine Wilson-Reddy of Danville has weaved in and out of education much of her adult life, now spearheading an early literacy campaign for children and families.
- Hackers strike at data of thousands of Catholic workers Updated: Aug-29-15 1:37 pm
LANSING, Michigan - Hackers cracked a computer network and got access to Social Security numbers and other personal information of more than 10,000 people who work for Roman Catholic churches or church affiliates around Michigan.
- Ohio diocese seeking new Catholic schools superintendent Updated: Aug-29-15 8:04 am
CINCINNATI - The Archdiocese of Cincinnati will soon start looking for a new superintendent of Catholic schools for its 19-county area.
- Lebanon: Shiny on the outside, rotting from the inside Updated: Aug-28-15 5:26 pm
BEIRUT - To the casual visitor, Lebanon may seem like a tiny slice of Mediterranean modernity and coexistence in a turbulent region plagued by violence and extremism.
- Vatican gets embroiled in Italy's 'banned books' fray Updated: Aug-28-15 3:44 pm
VATICAN CITY - The Vatican has gotten embroiled in a modern-day, secular version of the Index of Banned Books.
- State waivers allow Amish to ignore Wisconsin building code Updated: Aug-28-15 11:27 am
EAU CLAIRE, Wisconsin - Religious waiver forms that will be distributed this week to all 72 counties in Wisconsin are expected to resolve a dispute over building codes between Eau Claire County and its Amish community.
- Cincinnati educator named to lead Chicago Catholic Schools Updated: Aug-28-15 3:49 am
CHICAGO - A Cincinnati school administrator has been hired to lead Chicago Catholic Schools, the nation's largest private school system.
- Teacher priest seeks OK to wear religious habit in classroom Updated: Aug-27-15 2:17 pm
PARKERSBURG, West Virginia - A Roman Catholic priest who also is a public school teacher has asked officials to allow him to wear his religious habit in the classroom.
- Argentine mom hopes pope will help get son off death row Updated: Aug-27-15 2:12 pm
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina - When Lidia Guerrero met with Pope Francis in Rome last year, the Argentine native told her he knew all about Guerrero's son, who has been on death row in Texas for 19 years.
- The Latest: Kentucky clerk again refuses to grant license Updated: Aug-27-15 1:44 pm
MOREHEAD, Kentucky - The latest in the refusal of a Kentucky county clerk to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples (all times local):
- Diocese: Peoria priest removed for prior abuse allegations Updated: Aug-27-15 11:52 am
PEORIA, Illinois - A central Illinois Catholic priest has been forced to step down from public ministry for past allegations of sexual abuse of a minor.
- Indianapolis' oldest temple is historic but empty Updated: Aug-27-15 5:04 am
INDIANAPOLIS - It is the oldest synagogue in the city, a historic, neoclassical structure designed by renowned architects.
- Christian lawyer taken away in China region removing crosses Updated: Aug-27-15 4:46 am
BEIJING - A well-known Chinese Christian lawyer had been out of contact for almost two days after being taken away by government workers in an eastern province where local authorities are under a deadline to remove the Christian symbol, the cross, from church roofs, his colleague said Thursday.
- Focus shifts to shared goals with Obama as papal visit nears Updated: Aug-27-15 3:15 am
WASHINGTON - Sweeping into office in 2009, President Barack Obama captured near rock-star status around the world among millions who saw him as the embodiment of a new sense of social purpose. Now, that baton has largely been passed to Pope Francis, whose visit to the White House next month will put his common cause with Obama on vivid display.
- Mormons keep affiliation with Boy Scouts despite gay leaders Updated: Aug-26-15 4:38 pm
SALT LAKE CITY - The Mormon church announced Wednesday it will maintain its longtime affiliation with the Boy Scouts despite the organization's decision to allow gay troop leaders - preventing what would have been a thundering blow to the national association.
- Diocese punishes group that let woman perform sacrament rite Updated: Aug-26-15 3:53 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa - The Des Moines bishop has told an area Catholic group to cease Mass services because it let a woman preside over sacrament in December.
- 2 sue Catholic Diocese of St. Cloud, accuse priest of abuse Updated: Aug-26-15 6:07 am
ST. CLOUD, Minnesota - Two women have sued the Catholic Diocese of St. Cloud and two parishes, saying they were sexually abused by a priest in the 1960s.
- Ahead of pope's visit to US, some friction over LGBT issues Updated: Aug-26-15 2:09 am
The World Meeting of Families, the central religious event of Pope Francis' first visit to the United States, is intended to convey a message of love and joy as it seeks to promote church teaching on marriage. Yet four weeks away from its opening in Philadelphia, friction is mounting as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Roman Catholics lobby for a broader role in the event and organizers move to limit them.
- Victim group seeks independent review of clergy abuse claims Updated: Aug-25-15 8:58 pm
MILWAUKEE - A group of clergy sexual abuse victims called Tuesday for an independent commission to investigate molestation accusations that are sealed as part of a bankruptcy case involving the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee.
- Palestinians, Vatican could raise UN flags before pope visit Updated: Aug-25-15 7:10 pm
UNITED NATIONS - In a move likely to upset Israel's government, the Palestinians and the Vatican are seeking to raise their flags at U.N. headquarters - just in time for Pope Francis' visit next month.