VATICAN CITY -- The Vatican formally opened debate Monday on letting married men be ordained as priests in remote parts of the Amazon where priests are so few that Catholics can go weeks or months without attending a Mass.
Fathers have taken it on the chin over the past few decades. The destruction of oppressive patriarchy was deserved, but what has been lost is portrayal of healthy fatherhood in culture.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- A top official with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management said Wednesday the agency is open to Congress considering legislation limiting federal leases for oil and natural gas development near a national park in New Mexico held sacred by Native Americans.
Seventy-five years after it happened, we still take time to remember what happened on the beaches of Normandy on June 6, 1944. D-Day is not the only battle commemorated, but it is the most widespread. I believe there are many reasons for this, and we all could think of a few. Perhaps it remi…
One of the challenges that I present to myself when reading a story, reacting to a social media post, or reacting to the news is to imagine a different context than the one presented. Sometimes the context presented is so engrained in our thinking that we no longer challenge it. One example …
OMAHA, Neb. -- An Omaha elementary school where a principal stepped down after facing pushback for banning Christmas symbols is now confronting another religious expression issue over its yearbook.
AUGUSTA, Maine -- Operators of horse-drawn buggies in Maine will be required to outfit their carriages with reflectors and lights due to a new law in the state.
INDIANAPOLIS -- An Amish couple with 13 children settled a lawsuit that accused federal officials of violating their constitutional rights by insisting they provide photographs of themselves before the Canadian wife's request to become a permanent U.S. resident can be approved.
WASHINGTON -- A Catholic girls school in Washington, D.C., says it's getting overwhelmingly positive responses to its decision to include same-sex union announcements in its alumnae magazine.
ST. LOUIS -- The man who became the first U.S. priest to be labeled sexually violent for crimes in Illinois has admitting abusing two boys in Missouri.
GASTONIA, N.C. -- Authorities in North Carolina say a cross was set on fire at a predominantly white church where a black pastor was scheduled to appear for a revival next month.
VATICAN CITY -- The Italian Catholic Church hierarchy said Thursday it had approved guidelines establishing a "moral obligation" to report cases of clergy sex abuse to police, after bishops long downplayed the problem and covered it up.
I have seen poverty. There was the young man sitting in only his underwear outside a hotel, his legs broken and twisted as a baby to ensure a life of begging. He could not walk. There was the simple wooden house built in the leach field just down from block homes. Furnished with a simple coo…
ALBANY, N.Y. -- A federal court says New York officials weren't infringing on a Christian adoption agency's religious freedom by requiring it to serve same-sex couples.
PHILADELPHIA -- For centuries, hundreds of Amish and Mennonite farmers in Manheim Township, one of Lancaster County's prime agricultural heartlands, have tilled the soil, tended to livestock, and carted goods across rural roads by horse and buggy.
DETROIT -- The Roman Catholic Church in southeastern Michigan plans to stop its youth sports activities on Sundays in an effort to focus on rest and worship.
Sunday is Mother's Day, perhaps the most sentimental of all secular days that has been allowed to leak into most of our churches. So much so that some advertise special services to celebrate moms.
VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis issued a groundbreaking new church law Thursday requiring all Catholic priests and nuns around the world to report clergy sexual abuse and cover-up by their superiors to church authorities, in a new effort to hold the Catholic hierarchy accountable for failing to…
OSWIECIM, Poland -- Thousands of young Jews from around the world joined Holocaust survivors and politicians Thursday for an annual Holocaust remembrance march in southern Poland that focuses on fighting anti-Semitism and hatred.
I have heard sincere apologies given by public figures, but I've rarely witnessed an apology accompanied by a change in attitude or behavior, otherwise known as repentance.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia's attorney general on Thursday discounted an effort by a Catholic diocese and its former bishop to quash his lawsuit claiming they knowingly employed pedophiles.
The Associated Press is joining with the Religion News Service and nonprofit publisher The Conversation to form a global initiative to expand news reporting on religion.
VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis washed the feet of 12 prisoners Thursday and urged them to serve one another as brothers, as he ushered in the solemn pre-Easter rituals made more poignant this year following the devastation of Paris' Notre Dame Cathedral.
Pope Benedict XVI has ventured out of retirement to publish an essay blaming the Catholic Church's sex abuse scandal on the sexual revolution of the 1960s and church laws that protected priests.
Most of my days begin with a list of things to do. I write it down occasionally if it involves new or unusual activity. But most of the time it's in my head, and many days the list may just be one thing.
VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis on Thursday named Atlanta Archbishop Wilton Gregory as the new archbishop of Washington D.C., choosing a moderate, and the first African-American, to lead the archdiocese that has become the epicenter of the clergy sex abuse crisis in the U.S.
VATICAN CITY -- The founder and all-female editorial board of the Vatican's women's magazine have quit after what they say was a Vatican campaign to discredit them and put them "under the direct control of men," that only increased after they denounced the sexual abuse of nuns by clergy.
It's no secret that we in the U.S. are becoming more neurotic, anxious, and depressed. I can't help but think it might have something to do with the healthy habit of "questioning everything" spinning out of control.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- The Arkansas House has approved a bill that requires public schools to offer an elective course on the Bible if students request one.
BOSTON -- A Roman Catholic religious order that owns a Boston rooming house for single women has agreed to stop eviction proceedings against some residents while the state investigates allegations of housing discrimination.
CHICAGO -- Advocates for clergy abuse victims released the names Wednesday of 395 priests and lay people in Illinois they say have been publicly accused of sexually abusing children -- a roster more than twice as long as what the state's six dioceses previously released.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Santa Fe Archbishop John Wester says people shouldn't write off the Roman Catholic Church because of former priests facing child rape charges.