- Controversial 'Homeless Jesus' sculpture invites debate Updated: Dec-01-15 5:05 am
INDIANAPOLIS - The Son of God lies huddled on a bench near one of the city's busiest intersections. His body is minute, almost child-sized, and hidden inside a robe or rag. He appears to be shivering. He could be anyone, though the exposed feet, punctured like they were on the cross, are a dead giveaway - this is Jesus Christ beaten down and clinging on for life.
- Pope urges peace while visiting C. African Republic mosque Updated: Nov-30-15 5:06 pm
BANGUI, Central African Republic - Pope Francis made a historic visit to the last remaining Muslim neighborhood in Central African Republic's capital Monday, a move that almost immediately opened up a part of the divided city troubled for months by retaliatory violence between Muslim and Christian militias.
- Pope backs more defense time in Vatican leaks trial Updated: Nov-30-15 3:13 pm
ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE - Pope Francis has acknowledged criticism that the Vatican's trial over leaked documents has been rushed, saying the defendants and their lawyers must have time to mount a proper defense.
- The Latest: Vienna orchestra to buy home for 4 families Updated: Nov-30-15 2:43 pm
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia - The latest on the mass movement of asylum-seekers and others seeking refuge in Europe. All times local:
- Pope: There are bigger issues than condoms and HIV Updated: Nov-30-15 2:13 pm
ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE - Pope Francis has dismissed a question about whether condoms can be condoned in the fight against AIDS by saying there are more important issues confronting the world, like malnutrition, environmental exploitation and the lack of safe drinking water.
- The Latest: Pope Francis wraps up Africa trip Updated: Nov-30-15 1:41 pm
BANGUI, Central African Republic - The latest on Pope Francis' first trip to Africa. (All times local.)
- Italian principal accused of canceling Christmas Updated: Nov-30-15 12:56 pm
MILAN - A public school principal in predominantly Roman Catholic Italy has been accused of canceling Christmas after removing religious songs from the annual holiday pageant.
- Pop goes the pontiff: Pope Francis rocks out on new album Updated: Nov-30-15 12:24 pm
Pope Francis, "Wake Up!" (Believe Digital)
- Oklahoma refugee director says pause admitting Syrians Updated: Nov-28-15 3:08 pm
TULSA, Oklahoma - The director of resettling refugees in eastern Oklahoma says the United States should pause the admission of Syrian refugees until the government can ensure the safety of Americans.
- Bishop addresses Diocese of Toledo's financial challenges Updated: Nov-28-15 12:25 pm
TOLEDO, Ohio - The Catholic Diocese of Toledo faces "serious financial challenges" that will require the sale of diocese assets and other changes, the bishop told parishioners in a recent letter.
- Pope to visit Central African Republic's divided capital Updated: Nov-28-15 11:23 am
BANGUI, Central African Republic - Georgette Dossio mourns a son whose body she can never bury. Sitting on the dirt under a tent of scrap wood and tarp, she is comforted by her neighbors at the airport displaced-persons camp where she has lived for nearly two years.
- Egypt's Coptic Orthodox leader makes rare Israeli visit Updated: Nov-28-15 11:08 am
JERUSALEM - The leader of Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Church is making a rare visit to Israel to attend the funeral of a senior Coptic official in Jerusalem.
- Former church buildings in Pittsburgh region find new life Updated: Nov-28-15 10:53 am
PITTSBURGH - High ceilings, tons of light, open spaces - what more could an art gallery, community center, live music venue or photo studio want?
- Journey to sainthood begins with simple step for priest Updated: Nov-28-15 10:53 am
VILLANOVA, Pennsylvania - While Archbishop Charles Chaput was preparing for the Philadelphia visit of Pope Francis two months ago, he took time to give his blessing to a mission that may make a deceased Delaware County man a saint.
- Russians open coffin of next-to-last czar to collect DNA Updated: Nov-27-15 11:48 am
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia - Investigators have opened the coffin of Russia's next-to-last czar to obtain genetic material from his remains and say it was not tampered with in Soviet times.
- Catholic Diocese in Utah investigating 'bleeding host' Updated: Nov-27-15 3:02 am
SALT LAKE CITY - The Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City is investigating after a communion wafer turned red in water, an event known as a "bleeding host" considered miraculous by some.
- El Salvadoran church suspends priest in sex abuse case Updated: Nov-26-15 10:46 pm
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador - El Salvador's Roman Catholic Church announced Thursday it has suspended a well-known priest, saying he acknowledged sexually abusing a young girl.
- Small Mississippi town opens doors to Syrian refugees Updated: Nov-26-15 7:38 pm
LOUISE, Mississippi - Officials in Louise, a Mississippi town of 200, they'll take refugees from Syria, even though Gov. Phil Bryant has said he'll do "everything humanly possible" to keep such resettlements away from Mississippi.
- County judge: No Nativity or other displays at courthouse Updated: Nov-25-15 3:06 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - No Nativity scene or any secular holiday displays can take root on the courthouse lawn this year, Baxter County Judge Mickey Pendergrass said Wednesday.
- Grand Rapids' oldest black Baptist church marks anniversary Updated: Nov-25-15 5:15 am
GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan - Messiah Missionary Baptist Church in Grand Rapids was the realization of one pioneering woman's dream.
- Francis begins peace pilgrimage to 3 African countries Updated: Nov-25-15 2:15 am
ROME - Pope Francis has begun a pilgrimage to three African nations.
- New Catholic high school to be built on 48 acres in Bismarck Updated: Nov-24-15 6:49 pm
BISMARCK, North Dakota - A new Catholic high school will be built on a 48-acre plot in Bismarck thanks to a land donation.
- Ex-pastor facing child pornography charge pleads not guilty Updated: Nov-24-15 2:02 pm
LOUISVILLE, Kentucky - A former Catholic priest charged with viewing child pornography at his Louisville church has pleaded not guilty in federal court.
- Lincoln vigil held to welcome Syrian refugees to Nebraska Updated: Nov-24-15 1:30 pm
LINCOLN, Nebraska - A candlelight vigil has been held for Syrian refugees in downtown Lincoln a week after Gov. Pete Ricketts joined other Republican governors expressing concern over federal screening of Syrian refugees who want to enter the United States.
- Virginia church to shed images of its Confederate past Updated: Nov-24-15 8:23 am
RICHMOND, Virginia - A Virginia church known as the "Cathedral of the Confederacy" has removed needlepoint kneelers and retired its coat of arms, as it sheds some images from the sanctuary that reflect its historic ties to the Confederacy.