- Santa Fe cathedral prepares for archbishop's installation Updated: Jun-02-15 11:46 am
SANTA FE, New Mexico - The hottest ticket in town this week is an invitation to the installation of John C. Wester as the archbishop of Santa Fe.
- France awaits Vatican word on ambassador said to be gay Updated: Jun-02-15 10:56 am
PARIS - The French government is expecting the Vatican to decide within days whether to approve the nomination of a respected diplomat who is said to be gay as French ambassador to the Holy See.
- On sale soon: Souvenirs for pope's visit to Philadelphia Updated: Jun-01-15 4:11 pm
PHILADELPHIA - Keychains, rosaries, T-shirts and even a miniature plush doll of Pope Francis will be among the souvenirs for sale to commemorate the pontiff's upcoming trip to Philadelphia.
- 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.
- Vatican's media operations in for overhaul Updated: May-27-15 4:04 pm
VATICAN CITY - The Vatican's media operations are in for a major overhaul to make them more efficient.
- 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.
- Salvadorans rejoice as slain Archbishop Romero beatified Updated: May-23-15 5:11 pm
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador - Archbishop Oscar Romero was beatified by Roman Catholic officials Saturday in an emotional ceremony elevating the once-controversial cleric to the ranks of the blessed 35 years after his assassination.
- Colombia bids farewell to victims of deadly flooding Updated: May-21-15 7:38 pm
SALGAR, Colombia - Thousands of mourners poured into the streets Thursday to bid farewell to dozens of the victims of a deadly mudslide that ravaged this coffee-growing town nestled deep in the Andes
- Chinese leader: Religions must be free of foreign influence Updated: May-20-15 10:14 pm
BEIJING - China's president warned in a key policy speech that religions must be independent from foreign influence, as the government asks domestic religious groups to pledge loyalty to the state.
- Vatican finance minister denies Australian bribe allegation Updated: May-20-15 9:20 pm
CANBERRA, Australia - Pope Francis' finance minister has denied an allegation that he offered a bribe to a victim of clergy abuse to protect a pedophile priest.
- Pope urges Chinese Catholics to be 'united' to church Updated: May-20-15 2:49 pm
VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis has urged Catholics in China to be "united to the rock" of the church in Rome.
- Pope's No. 2 offers new insights into climate encyclical Updated: May-20-15 2:27 pm
VATICAN CITY - A new development model is needed to combat global warming, one that marries economic growth to combat poverty with a sustainable use of resources, Pope Francis' deputy said Wednesday.
- Beatification of Romero signals new understanding of martyr Updated: May-20-15 8:49 am
VATICAN CITY - The upcoming beatification of El Salvador Archbishop Oscar Romero is doing more than just giving Latin America its long-awaited saint-in-waiting. It has helped redefine the Catholic Church's concept of martyrdom and paved the way for others killed for doing God's work to follow in Romero's saint-making footsteps.
- Correction: Vatican-Palestinians story Updated: May-18-15 7:47 pm
VATICAN CITY - VATICAN CITY - In a story May 16 about Pope Francis meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, The Associated Press erroneously omitted two words when quoting the pope. Francis told Abbas "you are a bit an angel of peace," not "you are an angel of peace." The original Italian quote was, "Lei e un po un angelo della pace."
- Pope canonizes 2 saints from 19th-century Palestine Updated: May-17-15 11:01 am
VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis canonized two nuns from what was 19th-century Palestine on Sunday in hope of encouraging Christians across the Middle East who are facing a wave of persecution from Islamic extremists.
- Pope urges sense of responsibility to prevail in Burundi Updated: May-17-15 6:20 am
VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis has called for a sense of responsibility to prevail in Burundi following an attempted coup.
- Pa. officials report more than $160K in gifts, travel in '14 Updated: May-16-15 9:52 am
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - Newly filed state ethics reports show Pennsylvania state lawmakers and other high-ranking government officials collected more than $160,000 in freebies last year, including sports tickets and international travel, although about half the total involved donations for constituent events such as senior expos, veterans fairs and prescription drug collections.
- Filipino Cardinal Tagle gets new high-profile job at Caritas Updated: May-14-15 1:10 pm
VATICAN CITY - A Filipino cardinal often mentioned as a possible papal contender has just gotten a new high-profile job heading the Catholic Church's global charity and development confederation.
- Vatican recognizes state of Palestine in new treaty Updated: May-13-15 3:55 pm
VATICAN CITY - The Vatican officially recognized the state of Palestine in a new treaty finalized Wednesday, immediately sparking Israeli ire and accusations that the move hurt peace prospects.
- Holy Land Christians celebrate sainthood of Arab nuns Updated: May-13-15 3:05 am
JERUSALEM - The Holy Land's Christians are excitedly preparing for next week's canonization of two Arab nuns, bringing some joy to a tiny community that has had little to celebrate in recent years.
- TRAIL TRANSLATOR: They're all talking 'income inequality' Updated: May-12-15 2:56 pm
WASHINGTON - Of all the buzzwords and phrases popping up early in the presidential campaign, "income inequality" must be close to the top of the list. And it's not just Democrats insisting that the nation must deal with it firmly and fast.
- Pope: God will judge you on whether you cared for Earth Updated: May-12-15 1:37 pm
VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis warned the rich and powerful on Tuesday that God will judge them on whether they fed the poor and cared for the Earth, his latest exhortation on the environment ahead of his eagerly-awaited encyclical on climate change and its effects on the world's most vulnerable.
- Castro: Pope Francis so impressive I might return to church Updated: May-10-15 2:16 pm
VATICAN CITY - Cuban President Raul Castro paid a call Sunday on Pope Francis at the Vatican to thank him for working for Cuban-U.S. detente - and said he was so impressed by the pontiff he is considering a return to the Catholic church's fold.
- Castro's daughter sponsors blessing of Cuban gay couples Updated: May-09-15 9:19 pm
HAVANA - The daughter of Cuban President Raul Castro sponsored a blessing ceremony Saturday for gay couples on an island where gay marriage remains illegal.