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  • Hundreds on hand as Ike-damaged church reopens 
    Updated: Apr-21-14 7:59 am
  • GALVESTON, Texas - Hundreds of worshippers have attended Easter services at a restored Roman Catholic church in Galveston that had been closed since 2008's Hurricane Ike.

  • Car hits packed Florida church, injuring 21 
    Updated: Apr-21-14 6:13 am
  • FORT MYERS, Florida - A car slammed into a packed Florida church just as its annual Easter concert was about to begin, injuring 21 people as it barreled through the brick outer wall and several rows of pews, Fort Myers police said.

  • Vatican knew for decades about Legion problem 
    Updated: Apr-21-14 3:28 am
  • The late Pope John Paul II and his top advisers failed to grasp the severity of the sexual abuse problem until late in his 26-year papacy, especially concerns about the troubled Legion of Christ order and its leader, the Rev. Marcial Maciel. But the Legion's troubles were not news to the Vatican, according to a trove of 212 Vatican documents exposed in the 2012 book "The Will to Not Know" and placed online at . Here's a look at some of the more pointed criticism about Maciel from the archive, which also included plenty of letters from bishops and Vatican officials praising him and his order.

  • John Paul's legacy stained by sex abuse scandal 
    Updated: Apr-21-14 2:28 am
  • VATICAN CITY - Pope John Paul II is rightly credited with having helped bring down communism, of inspiring a new generation of Catholics with a globe-trotting papacy and of explaining church teaching on a range of hot-button issues as Christianity entered its third millennium.

  • Eastern Mennonite renovating science center 
    Updated: Apr-21-14 2:05 am
  • HARRISONBURG, Virginia - A $7 million renovation of Eastern Mennonite University's science center is underway.

  • Nigerians mark Easter amid mourning and fear 
    Updated: Apr-20-14 10:58 pm
  • LAGOS, Nigeria - With little to celebrate, Nigerians marked Easter Sunday with heightened security against a spreading Islamic uprising, mourning the deaths of at least 75 bomb blast victims and fearful of the fate of 85 abducted schoolgirls.

  • Easter service marks Colorado massacre centennial 
    Updated: Apr-20-14 9:16 pm
  • TRINIDAD, Colorado - Linda Linville climbed down the steep stone steps into the dugout on the southern Colorado prairie Sunday where one branch of her family was wiped out in one day 100 years ago.

  • Easter worship at ex-church that became nightclub 
    Updated: Apr-20-14 7:25 pm
  • PONTIAC, Michigan - A southeastern Michigan church building that spent several years as a nightclub reopened on Easter Sunday as a house of worship.

  • Celebrating Easter - and creativity - in New York 
    Updated: Apr-20-14 7:01 pm
  • NEW YORK - Some wore their Sunday best in New York's annual Easter Parade on Fifth Avenue, but others simply spruced up their St. Patrick's Day or Halloween outfits.

  • Oldest US cathedral celebrates Easter in Baltimore 
    Updated: Apr-20-14 3:50 pm
  • BALTIMORE - Baltimore's archdiocese is celebrating its 225th Easter in the nation's oldest cathedral.

  • Runners blessed at Boston church on marathon's eve 
    Updated: Apr-20-14 3:44 pm
  • BOSTON - Marathon runners have been blessed at a Boston church service that celebrated Easter as it also remembered the victims of last year's bomb attacks near the finish line.

  • LDS leader: Protections on religious freedom erode 
    Updated: Apr-20-14 2:35 pm
  • SALT LAKE CITY - A high-ranking Mormon leader said he believes protections for religious freedom of speech are eroding.

  • Obama, family cause a small stir at Easter service 
    Updated: Apr-20-14 2:31 pm
  • WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama may have expected a quiet Easter, but his presence rallied a congregation eager to greet him and his family to the front of the church.

  • DC area sees record number of Catholic converts 
    Updated: Apr-20-14 1:43 pm
  • WASHINGTON - The Washington area has a record number of Catholic converts joining the church this Easter.

  • Pope Francis, huge crowd joyously celebrate Easter 
    Updated: Apr-20-14 10:55 am
  • VATICAN CITY - Marking Christianity's most hopeful day, Pope Francis made an Easter Sunday plea for peace and dialogue in Ukraine and Syria, for an end to terrorist attacks against Christians in Nigeria and for more attention to the hungry and neediest close to home.

  • Thousands celebrate Easter in Holy Land 
    Updated: Apr-20-14 8:10 am
  • JERUSALEM - Thousands of pilgrims from around the world are celebrating Easter in the Holy Land, commemorating the day when according to Christian tradition Jesus was resurrected in Jerusalem two millennia ago.

  • Replica of 'Pieta' sculpture draws Easter visitors 
    Updated: Apr-19-14 7:19 pm
  • PHOENIX - The spirit of Michelangelo's "Pieta" sculpture is being felt this Easter weekend thousands of miles away from Vatican City - outside a Phoenix charity's dining hall.

  • Holy fire ceremony draws thousands in Jerusalem 
    Updated: Apr-19-14 5:04 pm
  • JERUSALEM - The dark hall inside Christianity's holiest shrine was illuminated with the flames from thousands of candles on Saturday as worshippers participated in the holy fire ceremony, a momentous spiritual event in Orthodox Easter rites.

  • Pope seeks to bring faith to "ends of the Earth" 
    Updated: Apr-19-14 4:56 pm
  • VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis baptized 10 people Saturday and urged them to bring their faith "to the ends of the Earth" as he presided over an Easter Vigil in St. Peter's Basilica.

  • Costa Rican a celebrity after certified miracle 
    Updated: Apr-19-14 2:05 pm
  • TRES RIOS, Costa Rica - On a warm spring day, Floribeth Mora was in her bed waiting to die from a seemingly inoperable brain aneurysm when her gaze fell upon a photograph of Pope John Paul II in a newspaper.

  • Religion builds bridges in ethnically split Cyprus 
    Updated: Apr-19-14 6:40 am
  • FAMAGUSTA, Cyprus - An unexpected moment during the Good Friday service in a long-abandoned church in Cyprus' breakaway north illustrated how religion is helping to bring together Christian Greek Cypriots and Muslim Turkish Cypriots on this ethnically divided island.

  • Atheist national conference aims at Mormon church 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 8:28 pm
  • SALT LAKE CITY - Leaders of a national atheist group say the best spot to find a nonbeliever is in a place of faith.

  • Former priest charged with stealing from church 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 6:15 pm
  • HAVRE, Montana - A former Havre priest has denied federal charges that allege he took nearly $65,000 from St. Jude Thaddeus Church.

  • Pensive pope at Good Friday Colosseum procession 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 5:44 pm
  • ROME - Desperate migrants, suicidal failed business owners, battered women, torture victims and all people suffering in the world were remembered at a torch-lit Good Friday Way of the Cross procession presided over by Pope Francis at the Colosseum.

  • St. Louis priest charged with child sex crimes 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 3:34 pm
  • ST. LOUIS - A St. Louis priest previously accused of felony child endangerment and witness tampering in Lincoln County has been charged with first-degree sodomy involving another child.