BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) - Thousands of Christians from the world over packed Manger Square in Bethlehem Monday to celebrate the birth of Jesus in the ancient West Bank town where he was born. For their Palestinian hosts, this holiday season was an especially joyous one, with the hardships of... more »
LONDON (AP) - As the world joined Americans in mourning the school massacre in Connecticut, many urged U.S. politicians to honor the 27 victims - especially the children - by pushing for stronger gun control laws. Twitter users and media personalities in the U.K. immediately invoked Dunblane - a 1996... more »
ROME (AP) - Italian authorities seized a private document meant for Pope Benedict XVI when they raided the home of the Vatican's recently ousted bank chief, a potentially problematic legal twist in an already bizarre case. Italian paramilitary police raided Ettore Gotti Tedeschi's home in Piacenza on Tuesday as part... more »
GREELEY, Colo. (AP) - A drop of blood purported to be from Pope John Paul II has been given to a Roman Catholic Church in Greeley.
Rev. Pawel Zborowski of St. Mary Roman Catholic Church tells the Greeley Tribune that he was presented the drop of blood on a... more »
CASTELLAMMARE DI STABIA, Italy (AP) - Maria Esposito says she was cured from an aggressive form of cancer after she and her husband prayed to the late Pope Pius XII.
The Italian woman is convinced that the World War II-era pope intervened with God to save her.
Esposito's... more »
VATICAN CITY (AP) Pope Benedict XVI demanded on Monday that governments do more to ensure Christians can practice their faith without discrimination or violence, in one of his most pointed appeals yet for religious freedom.
In a speech to ambassadors accredited to the Vatican, Benedict cited recent attacks on... more »
VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Benedict XVI in his Christmas Day message is urging Catholics in China to courageously face limits on religious freedom and conscience.
Benedict is using his traditional holiday speech, delivered Saturday at noon from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica, to encourage people living... more »
VATICAN CITY (AP) - Although Pope Benedict has remained silent Sunday about the sex abuse cover-up allegations plaguing the Roman Catholic church, the controversy hasn't been ignored.
At the start of Mass attended by tens of thousands in St. Peter's Square, the dean of the College of Cardinals said... more »
A South Florida law firm is implicating the Vatican and Pope Benedict XVI in its handling of a priest accused of sexually abusing children.
Jessica Arbour, an attorney representing one of the alleged victims, says documents show the Vatican was aware of Rev. Ernesto Garcia-Rubio's misconduct as early as... more »