The city’s traditional Nativity scene and menorah display in Broad Street Park have attracted the attention of the Freedom from Religion Foundation, which has sent the city a notice calling for the display to be removed.
VATICAN CITY, Dec 25 (Reuters) - Pope Francis, in his Christmas message to the world, urged people on Tuesday to see differences as a source of richness instead of danger and called for reconciliation in places torn apart by conflict.
CONCORD — A chaplain at the federal prison in Berlin has been charged with providing contraband, including Suboxone, marijuana and cellphones, to prisoners in exchange for money, federal prosecutors announced Thursday.
MANCHESTER — The holiday will arrive on the city’s West Side a little early this year when St. Raphael the Archangel Parish presents a Christmas festival complete with carolers, craft tables, special desserts and holiday goodies.
TALLINN, Estonia — Pope Francis said on Tuesday as he wound up a trip to the Baltic states, all nervous about what they see as a newly aggressive Russia next door, that nations should not measure their strength by their military capability to prevail over others.
VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has summoned senior Catholic bishops from around the world to the Vatican to discuss the protection of minors, in his latest attempt to come to grips with a spreading sexual abuse crisis.
WASHINGTON — A man stood and yelled “Shame on you” as Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl on Sunday addressed the sex abuse scandal rocking the Catholic Church and asked parishioners to pray for Pope Francis as he deals with the problem.
ROME - Ever since Pope Benedict XVI became the first pontiff in six centuries to abdicate the papacy, transitioning to a life of near seclusion in a Vatican City monastery, there have been questions about how the notion of two living popes would impact the Roman Catholic Church.
Pope Francis on Sunday visited the Knock Shrine in western Ireland, where villagers claim to have witnessed an apparition of the Virgin Mary in 1879, and begged for forgiveness for the abuse of children carried out by Catholic clergy.
ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE — Pope Francis said on Sunday he would not respond to a former top Vatican official who accused him of having known for years of allegations of sex abuse by a prominent U.S. cardinal, calling on the pontiff to resign in an unprecedented broadside against the pope by a …
YORK, Pa.— Many churchgoers said they were sickened and saddened by a grand jury report detailing widespread sexual abuse by hundreds of priests in Pennsylvania but they would not let the Roman Catholic Church's cover-up dissuade them from their faith.
VATICAN CITY — The Vatican expressed "shame and sorrow" on Thursday over revelations that Roman Catholic priests in Pennsylvania sexually abused about 1,000 people over seven decades, as U.S. bishops vowed to involve non-clerical experts in abuse investigations.
Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley announced Wednesday he is backing out of an upcoming speaking engagement at the World Meeting of Families in Ireland, to give his full attention to the unfolding scandal at St. John's Seminary in Brighton.
LONDONDERRY — When Karla Dias, 63, started her job as the new pastor of Londonderry Presbyterian Church (LPC) in November 2016, some church members left because she was a woman or because Dias, a native of Brazil, spoke with an accent.
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - When Pope Francis wanted to appoint a woman as deputy head of the Vatican press office in 2016, he quickly ran into opposition from the Catholic Church’s male-dominated hierarchy.
MANCHESTER - New Hampshire Roman Catholic Bishop Peter Libasci has decreed that the sacrament of confirmation - traditionally seen as a rite of adulthood passage in the Catholic Church - will be conferred upon third-graders, rather than high-schoolers, starting as early as next year.
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) — Pope Francis on Thursday promised Chilean Catholics scarred by a culture of clergy sexual abuse that “never again” would the Church ignore them or the cover-up of abuse in their country, where a widespread scandal has devastated its credibility.
DUBLIN - Irish people paid homage on Sunday to an Indian immigrant woman whose death inspired a historic vote to repeal Ireland's strict abortion laws while the Catholic Church rued the outcome saying it showed indifference to its teachings.
MANCHESTER — A St. Anselm College senior was pressured to resign his leadership post on the college chapter of Knights of Columbus after he brought a male date to the organization’s formal, according to two publications.
WASHINGTON — Speaker Paul D. Ryan is letting House Chaplain Patrick J. Conroy remain in his position, accepting the Jesuit priest's Thursday letter rescinding his resignation that he submitted last month at the speaker's request.
Sister Agnes-Marie Valois, a French Catholic nun who became known as the “Angel of Dieppe” as she cared for nearly 2,000 wounded Canadian soldiers after a disastrous Allied raid along the French coast during World War II, died April 19 at a monastery near Dieppe, France. She was 103.
VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis, in his Easter address on Sunday, called for peace in the Holy Land two days after 15 Palestinians were killed on the Israeli-Gaza border, saying the conflict there “does not spare the defenseless.”
MANCHESTER — New Hampshire’s Roman Catholic bishop is calling for a day of prayer on April 5 for those still suffering from the effects of last year’s hurricanes in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
WASHINGTON — The body of evangelist Billy Graham will lie in honor under the U.S. Capitol rotunda next week as Congress pays tribute to a clergyman who counseled Presidents and preached the Gospel to millions worldwide, House Speaker Paul Ryan said on Thursday.
Evangelist Billy Graham, who counseled Presidents and preached to millions across the world, from his native North Carolina to communist North Korea during his 70 years on the pulpit, died Wednesday at the age of 99, a spokesman said.
VATICAN CITY — The late Pope Paul VI, who led the Roman Catholic Church in the 1960s and 1970s during one of its most turbulent modern periods and enshrined its opposition to contraception, will be made a saint this year, Pope Francis has decided.
SANTIAGO — Pope Francis expressed “pain and shame” on Tuesday over a sexual abuse scandal that has rocked Chile’s Roman Catholic Church, asking forgiveness for the “irreparable damage” done to children molested by priests.