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

Pope and Macron meet at Vatican, discuss migration

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis and French President Emmanuel Macron held lengthy private talks at the Vatican Tuesday to discuss immigration and to reflect on Europe’s prospects amid growing...

DATE: June 27, 2018 | CATEGORY: Religion

Amid immigration uncertainties, Latinos turn to a power higher than Trump

A spicy scent greets customers before any salesperson at the Botanica Boricua in Arlington, Virginia. Once you’re a few steps inside, there is an immediate awareness of eyes – all around the room....

DATE: June 23, 2018 | CATEGORY: Religion

Pope: Countries should take in as many refugees as they can

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE – Pope Francis urged nations Thursday to take in as many refugees as they can integrate into their societies, but also to invest in places like Africa so migrants won’t turn...

DATE: June 21, 2018 | CATEGORY: Religion

Mormons post questions asked during youth interviews

SALT LAKE CITY – The Mormon church for the first time Wednesday posted the list of questions lay leaders are supposed to ask youth during closed door, one-on-one interviews that have come under...

DATE: June 20, 2018 | CATEGORY: Religion

The surprising history of the song ‘God Bless America’

It was supposed to be a purely patriotic occasion – President Donald Trump banished the Philadelphia Eagles from their own Super Bowl victory celebration, replacing it with a “Celebration of...

DATE: June 16, 2018 | CATEGORY: Religion

Born to be mild: Mormon motorcycle club holds Utah rally

ST. GEORGE, Utah – A Mormon motorcycle club is holding its biennial gathering in southern Utah, where about 125 members from across the country are riding together through scenic parts of the...

DATE: June 15, 2018 | CATEGORY: Religion

U.S. returns 1493 Christopher Columbus letter to Vatican

VATICAN CITY – The United States returned to the Vatican Library Thursday a rare copy of a letter written by Christopher Columbus in 1493 announcing his discovery of the New World that was stolen...

DATE: June 14, 2018 | CATEGORY: Religion

Baptist church’s ‘Catholic’ Jesus statue to find new home

COLUMBIA, S.C. – A statue of Jesus that a Baptist church in South Carolina voted to remove because the congregation deemed it too Catholic has found a new home. The hand-carved, 7-foot statue and...

DATE: June 13, 2018 | CATEGORY: Religion

Tiny ancient Quran on display in Israel for Ramadan

JERUSALEM – A 10th-century Quran, unique in size and style, has gone on display for the first time as part of a collection of Islamic texts being shown at Israel’s National Library to mark the...

DATE: June 12, 2018 | CATEGORY: Religion

Vatican seeks ‘courageous’ ideas to combat priest shortage

VATICAN CITY – The Vatican called Friday for courageous proposals to cope with a shortage of priests in the Amazon, and said it wouldn’t rule out debate on whether married men could step in to fill...

DATE: June 11, 2018 | CATEGORY: Religion

Marilyn Monroe statue near church draws some ire

HARTFORD, Conn. – Marilyn Monroe’s rear is getting some leers in Connecticut. A 26-foot statue of the iconic actress has been placed in a Stamford park across the street from a church, which is...

DATE: June 9, 2018 | CATEGORY: Religion