- West Virginia House to vote on religious freedom bill Updated: Feb-11-16 3:30 am
CHARLESTON, West Virginia - A religious freedom bill that opponents say would allow for discrimination in West Virginia is set for a House of Delegates vote.
- Iranians rally to celebrate anniversary of 1979 revolution Updated: Feb-11-16 1:46 am
TEHRAN, Iran - Iranians have begun nationwide celebrations to commemorate the anniversary of the 1979 Islamic revolution.
- Church talks help make Cuba 'perfect place for negotiations' Updated: Feb-11-16 12:13 am
HAVANA - The heads of the Roman Catholic and Russian Orthodox churches will hold a historic meeting Friday in the threadbare international airport of an officially secular, communist-run tropical island.
- Defense begins case in trial against polygamous towns Updated: Feb-10-16 7:30 pm
PHOENIX - The mayor of a polygamous town in Utah accused of functioning as an arm of a polygamous church said Wednesday that he has never discriminated based on religion.
- Texas attorney general faces ethics probe over gay marriage Updated: Feb-10-16 6:26 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - Already indicted on felony securities fraud charges, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton will face an ethics investigation for advising local officials they could refuse to issue same-sex marriage licenses on religious grounds.
- House Committee hears testimony on Pastor Protection Act Updated: Feb-10-16 6:09 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio - An Ohio House committee has heard from some of those who favor of a bill that would allow churches in Ohio to deny performing same-sex marriages.
- The Latest: Ex-priest worked at Catholic charity in Phoenix Updated: Feb-10-16 5:31 pm
PHOENIX - The Latest on the arrest in Arizona of a former priest in the 1960 cold-case killing of a Texas schoolteacher (all times local):
- Sponsor delays hearing on protecting gay marriage objectors Updated: Feb-10-16 4:54 pm
ATLANTA - A powerful Georgia Senate committee has delayed a hearing on a bill allowing religious adoption agencies, schools, government workers and others to refuse services to same-sex couples without being penalized.
- Judge rules against Chicago archdiocese in sex abuse case Updated: Feb-10-16 4:30 pm
CHICAGO - A judge ruled that a man who alleges he was abused by a Chicago priest 16 years ago can seek punitive damages, breathing new life into the case and others that could cost the Archdiocese of Chicago more money beyond the $130 million it has paid to sexual abuse victims.
- Pope visit to Mexico basilica highlights Guadalupe influence Updated: Feb-10-16 4:15 pm
MEXICO CITY - A weathered pastel image of the Virgin of Guadalupe hangs from German Herrera Hernandez's dashboard, watching over his passengers from her perch next to his cigarettes, gum and the handful of coins he uses to make change.
- Jailed church official wins latest child-endangerment appeal Updated: Feb-10-16 3:54 pm
PHILADELPHIA - A Roman Catholic church official could soon seek bail after a Pennsylvania appeals court refused to review a decision to throw out his child-endangerment conviction.
- Sikh man barred from Mexico flight sees 'small victory' Updated: Feb-10-16 3:17 pm
MEXICO CITY - An Indian-American actor and designer who was turned away from an airline flight after refusing to remove his Sikh turban during a security check said he's "thrilled" that Aeromexico is vowing to overhaul its screening protocols.
- Pope on Ash Wednesday: charity's not to please ourselves Updated: Feb-10-16 2:40 pm
VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis rubbed ashes on the bowed heads of prelates, nuns and ordinary Catholics Wednesday, and had them smudged on his own head, too, to usher in the Lenten season of prayer and sacrifice he said must be done out of authentic love, not to satisfy one's conscience.
- Chicago-area college to name scholarship after ex-professor Updated: Feb-10-16 1:21 pm
CHICAGO - A suburban Chicago Christian college will create a scholarship named for a former political science professor who asserted Christians and Muslims worship the same God.
- City lawsuit alleges Nebraska mosque violating zoning rules Updated: Feb-10-16 12:51 pm
LEXINGTON, Nebraska - The city of Lexington has sued the local mosque, saying it's been violating city zoning ordinances, but the ACLU of Nebraska says the city is violating the Muslims' religious rights.
- Christian, Muslim leaders in Cyprus support peace talks Updated: Feb-10-16 11:44 am
NICOSIA, Cyprus - Christian and Muslim leaders in Cyprus on Wednesday repeated their full support for ongoing talks aimed at reunifying the ethnically-split country, saying their united stand for peace serves as a strong example of cooperation in a region where conflict is often fueled by religion.
- Jordan rejects French extradition request in 1982 attack Updated: Feb-10-16 10:49 am
AMMAN, Jordan - A Jordanian court has rejected a request by France to extradite two Jordanians sought in connection with a 1982 attack on a Jewish deli in Paris in which six people were killed, including two Americans, a Jordanian official said Wednesday.
- Ash Wednesday begins the 40-day Lenten season Updated: Feb-10-16 8:42 am
NEW ORLEANS - It's Ash Wednesday, beginning of the 40-day Lenten season and churches are holding Ash Wednesday masses.
- Santa Fe archbishop to travel to El Paso to hear the pope Updated: Feb-10-16 7:49 am
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - Santa Fe Archbishop John Wester says he will be traveling in the U.S.-Mexico border after all to see Pope Francis during his Ciudad Juarez visit this month.
- Santa Fe archbishop to host Albuquerque forum on immigration Updated: Feb-10-16 5:01 am
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - Santa Fe Archbishop John Wester is planning to host a forum around the subject of immigration.
- Archbishop marks Ash Wednesday with 'Unleash the Gospel' Updated: Feb-10-16 4:01 am
DETROIT - Detroit's Roman Catholic archbishop is marking Ash Wednesday by kicking off an effort to energize Catholics to share the Gospel and grow the church.
- 'In God We Trust' motto approved by Klamath County officials Updated: Feb-10-16 3:03 am
KLAMATH FALLS, Oregon - Klamath County commissioners have voted to place an "In God We Trust" sign in their meeting room after receiving input from the public.
- 2 college faculty fired in scandal over freshman retention Updated: Feb-09-16 10:30 pm
A plan to identify freshmen most likely to fail has erupted into a scandal, faculty firings and a demotion at Mount St. Mary's University after the Catholic school's president reportedly likened the students to baby rabbits that should be killed.
- Assembly approves bill allowing Christmas trees in churches Updated: Feb-09-16 9:09 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - The state Assembly has passed a bill prohibiting government officials from banning live Christmas trees in churches and the state Capitol rotunda.
- U of Illinois menorah damaged for a third time Updated: Feb-09-16 6:17 pm
CHAMPAIGN, Illinois - A 9-foot-tall menorah at a University of Illinois Jewish student center has been damaged for a third time in less than a year, police said Tuesday, and the center's rabbi believes school leaders need to take a stronger stand against the vandalism.