- Pope: Priests in Holy Year can absolve 'sin of abortion' Updated: Sep-01-15 5:55 pm
VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis is applying his vision of a merciful church to women who have had abortions, easing their path toward forgiveness and saying he realizes some felt they had no choice but to make "this agonizing and painful decision."
- US demands release of Christian lawyer detained in China Updated: Sep-01-15 5:16 pm
WASHINGTON - The United States demanded Tuesday that China release a well-known Christian lawyer and religious figures who were detained last month ahead of a meeting with a visiting senior U.S. diplomat. In addition, the U.S. urged China, and other nations, to release female political prisoners.
- Pope adds Central Park to list of New York City stops Updated: Sep-01-15 3:44 pm
NEW YORK - Pope Francis will take a spin through Central Park while visiting New York City this month.
- McCrory distances himself from ad for Christian rally Updated: Sep-01-15 1:29 pm
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina - North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory is distancing himself from a full-page newspaper ad about a Christian rally he plans to speak at in Charlotte.
- The Latest: Funeral concludes for slain TV cameraman Updated: Sep-01-15 1:12 pm
ROANOKE, Virginia - The latest on the funeral for Adam Ward, the WDBJ-TV cameraman who was fatally shot by a former co-worker on live TV Wednesday in Moneta, Virginia (all times local):
- Pope marking day to stress care for creation Updated: Sep-01-15 1:01 pm
VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis is pushing ahead with his protect-the-environment priorities, presiding over a prayer service in St. Peter's Basilica Tuesday for the "care of Creation."
- Mormon leader to speak at World Congress of Families event Updated: Sep-01-15 12:50 pm
SALT LAKE CITY - A top Mormon leader will deliver the keynote speech at the opening of a conservative conference in Salt Lake City this fall that has drawn opposition from LGBT groups.
- Museum explores religion through 'Sacred Journeys' Updated: Sep-01-15 5:04 am
INDIANAPOLIS - Up the stairs and a few steps beyond the mezzanine, visitors at The Children's Museum will find themselves immersed in a sea of color.
- Pope Francis asks bullied Chicago girl to sing for him Updated: Sep-01-15 2:58 am
NEW YORK - Pope Francis, speaking Monday from the Vatican via satellite to people in three American cities, asked a teenage girl to sing for him as he sought prayers for his upcoming trip to the United States.
- Idaho Supreme Court allows Boy Scout lawsuit to move forward Updated: Aug-31-15 9:02 pm
BOISE, Idaho - Idaho's highest court has ruled that the 16 men who say they were sexually abused as youngsters by scout leaders in Idaho filed their lawsuit on time against the Boy Scouts of America and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
- 2 more Tahoe churches latest hit in string of vandalism Updated: Aug-31-15 5:46 pm
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nevada - Authorities investigating a string of vandalism at a half dozen churches in northern Nevada over the past five months say there were two more attacks at Lake Tahoe over the weekend, and the vandals are becoming more destructive.
- Papal welcome at US seminary expected to be rowdy, reverent Updated: Aug-31-15 12:28 pm
The last time a pope visited the St. Charles Borromeo Seminary just outside Philadelphia, he got a rousing, even rowdy, rock star welcome. "Viva! Viva Papa!" the seminarians shouted.
- Influential Christian sect ends protests in Philippines Updated: Aug-31-15 6:58 am
MANILA, Philippines - Thousands of members of a politically influential Christian sect on Monday ended five days of street protests that set off huge traffic jams in the Philippine capital and sparked outrage from motorists.
- 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.