VATICAN CITY - The Vatican, the world's smallest state, began its own ambitious COVID-19 vaccination program on Wednesday but it was still not clear when Pope Francis would roll up the sleeve of his cassock and get his jab.
WASHINGTON - Pitching himself as president, Joe Biden promised to heal America's hurting soul. His experiences with suffering and healing were well known, including the deaths of his wife and two of his children, his struggle against stuttering and many political losses. On a bigger stage th…
VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis, in another step towards greater equality for women in the Roman Catholic Church, on Monday changed its law to allow them to serve as readers at liturgies, altar servers and distributors of communion.
VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis reappeared on Friday after chronic sciatic pain forced him to miss the Church's New Year services, and made no mention of his ailment as he delivered his traditional appeal for world peace.
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis, suffering a flare-up of a sciatica condition that causes pain in his right leg, missed a New Year's Eve service on Thursday and will also not preside at a New Year's Day Mass.
VATICAN CITY - The Vatican and the Australian Catholic Church have both denied knowledge of transfers worth $1.8 billion, which Australia's financial watchdog says have been sent from Rome to Australia in the past seven years.
The New Hampshire Supreme Court on Tuesday upended the 2018 conviction of a North Country resident for possession of psilocybin mushrooms, ruling that the conviction conflicts with the Native American-based religion he practices.
VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis decreed on Tuesday that Italian judge Rosario Livatino, who was killed by the Mafia in Sicily in 1990, was a martyr for the faith and could be beatified, or declared “Blessed.”
VATICAN CITY - A special envoy from Pope Francis met on Thursday with Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, the Vatican said, following tensions between the government and the Church over the exiling of the archbishop of Minsk.
With outdoor heaters in place, priests seated in chairs and parishioners providing traffic control, two lines of cars formed in the parking lot of St. Michael Parish as people waited to be absolved of their sins.
WASHINGTON - The Catholic Archdiocese of Washington on Monday night filed a motion for a temporary restraining order against District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser, asking the court to quickly take up its request to rule against the mayor's strict attendance caps on houses of worship.
JAKARTA - Six supporters of Indonesian Islamic cleric Rizieq Shihab were killed in a shootout on Monday, police said, raising worries the clash could reignite tensions between authorities and Islamist groups in the world's biggest Muslim majority country.
The Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, a religious group in Richmond at odds with the Catholic Diocese of Manchester, used Facebook’s Giving Tuesday program to raise money for its school despite restrictions imposed by the diocese.
MEXICO CITY — Among the new cardinals formally installed by Pope Francis on Saturday is an outspoken Mexican cleric who has spent decades ministering to the mostly poor, indigenous communities near the country’s southern border with Guatemala.
WASHINGTON — During the month before Christmas, Washington National Cathedral typically transforms into a sparkling, bustling destination with choral performances and a live Nativity. But since coronavirus shut its regular services to the public earlier this year, its staff has been transfor…
VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis says in a new book that he can relate to people in intensive care units who fear dying from coronavirus because of his own experience when part of his lung was removed 63 years ago.
A lawyer for three Maine families challenging the state's ban on public funding for religious schools sees the addition of Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court as a reason for optimism after judges in two lower courts ruled against his clients.
A rabbi at the UNH & Seacoast Chabad Jewish Center said he did not request a public menorah display in the center of downtown Durham this year, but he is planning a “Chanukah on Ice” event at Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth, where a giant menorah will be lit.