NEW YORK (AP) — For a short time Monday afternoon, the Christmas manger at a New York City church might've been able to pass for the real thing: A newborn baby, with the umbilical cord still attached, was abandoned there. Now, New York City police are ...more
WASHINGTON (AP) — The chaos and violence gripping the Middle East are not likely to evaporate even if the forces arrayed against the Islamic State group manage to crush the brutal army and its drive to establish an Islamic caliphate in Iraq and Syria a ...more
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former House Speaker John Boehner says he used "Catholic guilt" to persuade Paul Ryan to run for speaker.On CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday Boehner said he invoked God to persuade his fellow Catholic from refusing to run for ...more
WASHINGTON (AP) — The top U.S. diplomat for East Asia is warning that the politicization of religion and the spread of hate speech could lead to violence in Myanmar as it prepares for landmark Nov. 8 elections.Assistant Secretary of State Daniel ...more
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Islamic State led a campaign of attacks last year by militant extremist groups on religious freedom in large swaths of the world, the State Department said in a report Wednesday, pointing to increasing threats to religious minorit ...more
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A son of jailed polygamous leader Warren Jeffs describes how he was manipulated, shuffled around the country and assigned to work crews to atone for his perceived transgressions before leaving the sect last year.The comment ...more
WASHINGTON (AP) — Pope Francis warns Congress that fight against religious extremism must not trample on freedom. ...more
WASHINGTON (AP) — Five-year-old Sophie Cruz made her way through a security fence and was just feet from Pope Francis' popemobile during a short parade around the White House when she hesitated.Clutching a yellow T-shirt and a note about immigra ...more
WASHINGTON (AP) — Huge crowds of admirers and fans gave Pope Francis an enthusiastic reception in the nation's capital on Wednesday, beginning with the thousands who packed the South Lawn of the White House.President Barack Obama welcomed Pope F ...more
WASHINGTON (AP) — An 18th-century missionary who brought Catholicism to the American West Coast was elevated to sainthood Wednesday by Pope Francis in the first canonization on U.S. soil.Francis canonized Junipero Serra during a Mass outside the ...more
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