Investigation into weeping Virgin Mary statue continues in New Mexico

LAS CRUCES, N.M. – The Catholic Diocese of Las Cruces continues to investigate a Virgin Mary sculpture in a Hobbs church that appears to be weeping. The sculpture, which stands in the Our Lady of...

DATE: July 20, 2018 | CATEGORY: Religion

Vatican-OK’d journal strikes out again at U.S. evangelicals

VATICAN CITY – A Vatican-approved journal has launched its second major critique of American evangelicals, dismissing “prosperity gospel” theology as a “pseudo” faith dangerously tied up with the...

DATE: July 18, 2018 | CATEGORY: Religion

Woman, kids seeking asylum take sanctuary in Utah church

SALT LAKE CITY – A playground surrounded by a large shade tree stands outside the First Unitarian Church in Salt Lake City, where Vicky Chavez and her two young daughters have been taking sanctuary...

DATE: July 14, 2018 | CATEGORY: Religion

A Holocaust museum in Brooklyn focuses on faith, survival

NEW YORK – Faith and survival, not the machinery of death, are the central themes at an atypical Holocaust museum in Brooklyn. The three-year-old Amud Aish Memorial Museum, located far from the...

DATE: July 11, 2018 | CATEGORY: Religion

Pope denounces ‘murderous indifference’ by powers in Mideast

BARI, Italy – Pope Francis on Saturday denounced the “murderous indifference” that has allowed violence to consume the Middle East and drive tens of thousands of Christians from their homes,...

DATE: July 9, 2018 | CATEGORY: Religion

Evangelical leaders downplay potential Roe v. Wade reversal

NEW YORK – For evangelical Christian leaders like Jerry Falwell Jr., this is their political holy grail. Like many religious conservatives in a position to know, the Liberty University president...

DATE: July 7, 2018 | CATEGORY: Religion

Pope warns climate change turning Earth into desert, garbage

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis urged governments on Friday to make good on their commitments to curb global warming, warning that climate change, continued unsustainable development and rampant...

DATE: July 6, 2018 | CATEGORY: Religion

Indianapolis church cages Holy Family in immigration protest

INDIANAPOLIS – An Indianapolis church has placed statues of Mary, Joseph and the baby Jesus in a cage of fencing topped with barbed wired to protest the Trump administration’s zero tolerance...

DATE: July 3, 2018 | CATEGORY: Religion

Australian bishop sentenced to year’s detention for cover-up

CANBERRA, Australia – The most senior Roman Catholic cleric to be convicted of covering up child sex abuse was sentenced to 12 months in detention by an Australian court Tuesday in a landmark case...

DATE: July 3, 2018 | CATEGORY: Religion

How Catholic women fought against Vatican’s prohibition on contraceptives

Fifty years ago a fierce debate erupted in the Catholic Church over the papal document “Humanae Vitae,” which reiterated the church’s ban on artificial contraception. Six hundred scholars,...

DATE: July 2, 2018 | CATEGORY: Religion

New Mormon leaders bring diversity, new perspectives

SALT LAKE CITY – The two newest members of a top Mormon governing panel said Thursday that they hope to bring a new perspective as the first Latin-American and the first person of Asian ancestry to...

DATE: June 30, 2018 | CATEGORY: Religion

Pope to 14 new cardinals: Defend the dignity of the poor

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis gave the Catholic Church 14 new cardinals Thursday, exhorting them to resist any temptation toward haughtiness and instead embrace “the greatest promotion” they could...

DATE: June 29, 2018 | CATEGORY: Religion