Pope Francis is assembling a panel of experts to advise him on sex abuse in the clergy _ a task that will involve looking at how to protect children from pedophiles, how to better screen men for the priesthood and how to help victims who have…
Byzantine Catholics in 84 parishes from Maine to Florida have a new bishop.
Christmas tree is lit outside U.S. Capitol amid hymns
Pope Francis called Wednesday for prayers for 12 Orthodox nuns who were taken by force from their convent in Syria by opposition fighters. Religious officials in the region have said the women were being held against their will, but a Syrian …
The University of Notre Dame on Tuesday filed another lawsuit opposing portions of the federal health care overhaul that forces it to provide health insurance for students and employees that includes birth control, saying it contravenes the t…
The Vatican on Tuesday dodged a series of questions posed by a U.N. committee about clerical sexual abuse by noting that the Holy See doesn't control the actions of every Catholic in the world, much less regulate every Catholic priest, parish…
Pope Francis' efforts to reform the Machiavellian Vatican bureaucracy have gotten a vote of confidence from an unlikely source.
Access to the Gutenberg Bible and other ancient manuscripts has just gotten easier.
The American Civil Liberties Union filed a sweeping federal lawsuit against the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops over its ethical guidelines for Roman Catholic hospitals, arguing the directives were to blame for negligent care of a pregnan…
A Roman Catholic priest in central Poland was sentenced Monday to 8 1/2 years in prison after being convicted of sexually abusing five boys.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday gave Pope Francis a book about the Inquisition in Spain written by his late father, an expert on the Catholic Church's forced conversion and expulsion of Jews in the 15th century.
The troubled Vatican bank announced its new top manager Saturday, promoting an outside consultant who had stepped in when the bank's top two managers resigned amid scandal last summer.
Pope Francis has ramped up the Vatican's charity work, sending his chief alms-giver and a contingent of Swiss guards onto the streets of Rome at night to do what he usually can't do: comfort the poor and the homeless.
Members of a Mormon congregation in a Salt Lake City suburb encountered someone they thought was a homeless man at church on Sunday. What they did not know was the man was a bishop for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
When he was archbishop of Buenos Aires, Pope Francis was known to sneak out at night and break bread with the homeless, sit with them literally on the street and eat with them, as part of his aim to share the plight of the poor and let them k…
Supreme Court will take up new health law dispute
The Paris Appeals Court, overturning a high court decision, ruled on Wednesday that a private nursery school was justified in firing an assistant director who refused to remove her Islamic head scarf while on the job.
A chilly Pope Francis has cheered the thousands of pilgrims who braved a cold snap belting Italy to attend his weekly general audience, saying they were courageous to come out.
Jeff Ansorge once commanded a staff of 17 and made around $80,000 a year as executive chef at a posh downtown Minneapolis restaurant where a 24-ounce dry aged Porterhouse steak goes for $48. But he gave it all up to become the head cook of a …
A local ad campaign by a Catholic high school for girls in Kentucky is generating nationwide buzz with the message that young women don't need to find Prince Charming to live happily ever after.
The Rev. Frank Colladay Jr. stood at the end of the gate waiting. On the arriving plane was a passenger whose husband had just died of a heart attack on another flight. Her name was Linda Gilbert. The two had never met before.
Struggling to cover its costs, Washington National Cathedral has decided to begin charging an admission fee for tourists who visit the church beginning in 2014.
Tens of thousands of evangelical Christians from across Peru converged on Lima this month for a nearly weeklong national congress, their leaders claiming one of Latin America's highest growth rates.
A different take on Thanksgiving: Immigrant families incorporate traditional dishes from their home country to the meal
Larissa Dragu was 11 years old when she celebrated her first Thanksgiving and remembers what it was like to observe a new holiday in a new country.
A federal judge has struck down a law that gives clergy tax-free housing allowances in a decision that could have far-reaching financial ramifications for pastors across the U.S.
It was September, not an easy time for a religious Jew to be traveling. The Jewish month of Tishrei was ending with its marathon of holy days. Kosher wine would be needed. There were Sabbath blessings to recite. Fortunately, Rabbi Abraham Sko…
The Rev. Billy Graham has been admitted to a hospital for the second time in a month for respiratory issues.
Detained Boise pastor granted visit from family
Frank Schaefer gets to keep calling himself a Methodist pastor _ at least for the next 30 days.
For the past couple of decades, more women have been attending college than men, and the gap is projected to continue growing. This trend is reflected in Northwest Indiana’s three largest universities: Valparaiso University has 52 percent wom…
INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (AP) — One year after Johnathan Kent kicked his principal and school "went all bad," the 8-year-old was recognized at a recent assembly as the "Star of the Month" for being polite and helping out his teachers.
CHICAGO | Sacred Heart Croatian Catholic Church recently celebrated its 100th anniversary.
Once upon a time, young boys and girls would marry shortly after graduating high school. They would move out of their parents’ house and into their own newlywed abode. The young husband would work while the wife stayed home with her 2.5 kids.…
When Angela Moore held a 2-month-old baby at Nazareth Home in 1997, she was simply doing what she’d always done: volunteering where help was needed. As a young, single woman just finishing grad school, “I had no intention of adopting. But his…
For years, Janell Rottier has been a supporter of pro-life ministries, so when she was flipping through an issue of MomSense magazine, an mention of a support group for teenaged moms gave her pause.
For Mary Ruth Harrington, there’s no such thing as burnout. There's no salary. Just a desire to make an impact on young ladies and do work for the Lord.
Benjamin J. Ross, a 2004 graduate of Highland High School, was 26 when he entered the Roman Catholic priesthood with his ordination at Cathedral of the Holy Angels in Gary.
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