- Israeli bulldozers start demolishing West Bank settlement Updated: Jul-29-15 7:46 pm
JERUSALEM - Israeli bulldozers began demolishing a contested housing complex in a West Bank settlement on Wednesday as the prime minister's office announced the "immediate construction" of some 300 new units at another location in the same settlement and advanced plans for about 500 new units in east Jerusalem.
- 1 dead, 10 injured as church van crashes into train in Ohio Updated: Jul-29-15 4:31 pm
CINCINNATI - A van carrying vacation Bible school students crashed through a crossing gate and into the side of a freight train at a southwest Ohio rail crossing, killing an adult passenger and injuring nine children and the driver, authorities said Wednesday.
- Advocates seek Vatican inquiry of Newark, NJ, archbishop Updated: Jul-29-15 3:25 pm
NEW YORK - Advocates for victims of clergy sex abuse want a Vatican investigation of the archbishop of Newark, New Jersey.
- TV depiction of Colombia's only saint angers her devotees Updated: Jul-29-15 3:15 pm
BOGOTA, Colombia - For weeks, billboards on buses and television spots have been announcing what promises to be Colombia's next big prime-time sensation.
- Supporters of gay Methodist pastor rally at bishop's office Updated: Jul-29-15 10:46 am
LANSING, Michigan - United Methodist clergy and churchgoers have held a press conference outside the bishop's office in Lansing in support of an openly gay pastor who says he was forced to resign.
- 'The Book of Mormon' gets rousing reception in Utah Updated: Jul-29-15 1:13 am
SALT LAKE CITY - The biting satirical musical that mocks Mormons received a rousing reception Tuesday in its first-ever showing in the heart of Mormonlandia, kicking off a sold-out, two-week run at a Salt Lake City theater.
- Mexican villagers bulldoze 18th century chapel Updated: Jul-28-15 6:40 pm
MEXICO CITY - Mexican officials said Tuesday they have filed a criminal complaint after villagers in the central state of Tlaxcala bulldozed a chapel from the 1700s.
- Official says Christian retreat heartbroken over stabbings Updated: Jul-28-15 5:20 pm
Operators of a rural Maryland religious retreat where a man was killed in a double stabbing are heartbroken over the weekend attack, a board member said Tuesday.
- Remains of 4 early colonial leaders discovered at Jamestown Updated: Jul-28-15 5:16 pm
WASHINGTON - Archaeologists have uncovered human remains of four of the earliest leaders of the English colony that would become America, buried for more than 400 years near the altar of what was America's first Protestant church in Jamestown, Virginia.
- Christian retreat official 'heartbroken' over stabbings Updated: Jul-28-15 4:13 pm
A board member of the rural Maryland religious retreat where a man was killed in a double stabbing on Sunday says operators are "heartbroken" over the incident.
- Sheriff's office: Man dies from snake bite at church service Updated: Jul-28-15 12:29 pm
LOUISVILLE, Kentucky - A Kentucky sheriff's office says a man has died from a snake bite suffered during a church service.
- And the Lord said retire: the Rev. Jack Belsom leaves legacy Updated: Jul-28-15 10:37 am
WAILUKU, Hawaii - When he was called to serve at then-Iao Congregational Church in October 1992, the Rev. Jack Belsom thought he might stay for a few years to help resolve issues, as he had done at other churches.
- Gay Catholic teacher says firing felt 'like a death' Updated: Jul-28-15 9:38 am
MERION, Pennsylvania - A suburban Philadelphia Catholic educator says being fired over her same-sex marriage felt like a death inside.
- Regional disaster response effort has roots in Minot flood Updated: Jul-28-15 7:48 am
MINOT, North Dakota - A faith-based effort to provide housing and equipment for recovery volunteers in Minot after the 2011 Souris River flood is transforming into a regional disaster response organization.
- Group of parishioners plan to stay at zoo during pope visit Updated: Jul-28-15 5:08 am
PHILADELPHIA - Visitors making the pilgrimage to Philadelphia to see Pope Francis in September are exploring all options to stay in the city - even those on the wild side.
- Hispanics energized by Argentinian pope's first visit to US Updated: Jul-27-15 4:36 pm
NEW YORK - Vianel Garcia told family members they could sleep on the floor of her East Harlem hair salon when Pope Francis visits the city in September so they can try to catch a glimpse of him when he makes a stop at a school across from her business.
- Colombia unearths landfill looking for scores of disappeared Updated: Jul-27-15 3:19 pm
MEDELLIN, Colombia - The last contact Margarita Restrepo had with her daughter was a hurried phone call on Oct. 25, 2002. The school day was over and 17-year-old Carol Vanesa was going to meet friends at a metro stop near the sprawling Comuna 13 hillside slum.
- Catholic pioneer honored with Louisville statue Updated: Jul-27-15 6:04 am
LOUISVILLE, Kentucky - The city of Louisville has unveiled its first public statue of a historic woman.
- Mass held to protest Satan statue that crowds lined up for Updated: Jul-26-15 6:08 pm
DETROIT - Several hundred people attended a Mass at a Detroit Catholic church to protest an 8½-foot-tall bronze statue of Satan that crowds of people also lined up to see.
- Lancaster businesses look to Asia to grow tourism Updated: Jul-26-15 4:17 pm
LANCASTER, Pennsylvania - The tour bus pulls up at Amish Farm and House, and the guests file into the benches: women on the right, men on the left.
- Changes in funding could change online offerings in Kansas Updated: Jul-26-15 1:20 pm
HUTCHINSON, Kansas - Virtual school opportunities for Kansas students blending traditional classroom learning with online classes could nearly vanish in a couple of years.
- Exiting LDS members formally resign in Salt Lake City event Updated: Jul-26-15 1:13 pm
SALT LAKE CITY - About 100 people have formally severed ties with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, including the ex-communicated founder of a Mormon women's group.
- Pope signs himself up for World Youth Day using tablet Updated: Jul-26-15 10:41 am
VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis opened the registration period for next year's World Youth Day in Poland, using a tablet computer to sign himself up from a window overlooking St. Peter's Square during the traditional Sunday blessing.
- Albertville church hosts regular blood drives for 3 decades Updated: Jul-26-15 9:05 am
ALBERTVILLE, Alabama - For the past three decades, twice-a-year American Red Cross blood drives have been a constant at North Broad Street Church of Christ.
- Lutheran group celebrates decades of ND prison ministries Updated: Jul-25-15 5:59 pm
BISMARCK, North Dakota - An organization with roots in the American Lutheran Church is celebrating four decades of spiritual retreats, which includes hosting prison ministries throughout North Dakota.