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  • Interactive tour shares powerful scenes of Jesus’ life

    Al Shrock doesn’t watch the scene before him any longer. Instead he stands in the corner, engineers the hydraulics and surveys the crowd as they step into Golgotha. Roman soldiers …


  • Pope Francis urges protection of nature, weak

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis urged princes, presidents, sheiks and thousands of ordinary people gathered for his installation Mass on Tuesday to protect the environment, the weakest and the …


  • Francis turns on charm in first meeting with press

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis offered intimate insights Saturday into the moments after his election, telling journalists that he was immediately inspired to take the name of St. Francis …


  • More black smoke: Cardinals don’t agree on pope

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Cardinals remained divided over who should be pope on Wednesday after three rounds of voting, an indication that disagreements remain about the direction of the Catholic …


  • Conclave to elect new pope begins

    VATICAN CITY — Cardinals from around the globe locked themselves inside the Sistine Chapel today to choose a new leader for the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics and their troubled church, …


  • Sistine chimney installed as conclave nears

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Firefighters on Saturday installed the top of the Sistine Chapel chimney that will signal to the world that a new pope has been elected, as the …


  • Pope’s last blessing from window draws crowd

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Benedict XVI gave his pontificate’s final Sunday blessing from his studio window to the cheers of tens of thousands of people packing St. Peter’s Square, …


  • Vatican blasts ‘false’ pre-conclave reporting

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican lashed out Saturday at the media for what it said has been a run of defamatory and false reports before the conclave to elect …


  • Pope to resign Feb. 28, says he’s too infirm

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Benedict XVI announced Monday that he would resign on Feb. 28 because he was simply too infirm to carry on — the first pontiff to …


  • The big dig-out: New England, NY slammed with snow

    New Englanders began the back-breaking job of digging out from as much as 3 feet of wet, heavy snow today and emergency crews used snowmobiles to reach shivering motorists stranded …


  • Behemoth storm drops 2 feet of snow on Northeast

    BOSTON (AP) — A behemoth storm packing hurricane-force wind gusts and blizzard conditions swept through the Northeast on Saturday, dumping more than 2 feet of snow on New England and …


  • Del. man sues Boy Scouts, Mormons over sex abuse

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Delaware man sued the Boy Scouts of America and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Wednesday over childhood sexual abuse committed by the …


  • Famed architect gets 6 months for drug smuggling

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — An acclaimed architect was sentenced Monday to six months in prison for hiding nearly 13 pounds of cocaine in his minivan’s battery before he tried to …


  • Files on accused LA priests could soon be public

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Secret files kept for decades by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles on priests accused of sexually abusing children could soon become public as a …


  • Famed architect to be sentenced for drug smuggling

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — Eugenio Velazquez is not a typical courier busted for smuggling drugs on the U.S.-Mexico border. The acclaimed architect will be sentenced Monday for trying to bring …


  • Tijuana architect was an unlikely drug courier

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — Eugenio Velazquez doesn’t fit the mold of the down-on-his luck, uneducated, underemployed courier who ferries drugs to the U.S. for Mexican drug cartels. The dual citizen …


  • Official: Bus crashed en route to West Palm Beach

    MIAMI (AP) — Officials say the bus that crashed at Miami’s airport, killing two people, was carrying 32 people who were part of a group of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Miami International …


  • Texas out to seize Warren Jeffs’ polygamist ranch

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas wants ownership of Warren Jeffs’ massive polygamist ranch where prosecutors say the convicted sect leader and his followers sexually assaulted dozens of children, the state …


  • Battle over coastal Xmas display goes to LA court

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Damon Vix didn’t have to go to court to push Christmas out of the city of Santa Monica. He just joined the festivities. The atheist’s anti-God …


  • Battle over coastal Xmas display goes to LA court

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Damon Vix didn’t have to go to court to push Christmas out of the city of Santa Monica. He just joined the festivities. The atheist’s anti-God …


  • Court upholds sale of polygamous church assets

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A federal appeals court ruled Monday that a polygamist sect on the Utah-Arizona border waited too long to challenge a court-ordered takeover, clearing the way …


  • IRS not enforcing rules on churches and politics

    NEW YORK (AP) — For the past three years, the Internal Revenue Service hasn’t been investigating complaints of partisan political activity by churches, leaving religious groups who make direct or …


  • Pope names 7 new saints, seeks to revive faith

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Some 80,000 pilgrims in flowered lei, feathered headdresses and other traditional garb flooded St. Peter’s Square on Sunday as Pope Benedict XVI added seven more saints …


  • Lawsuit claims evangelical church hid abuse claims

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Three female plaintiffs claim in a lawsuit that an evangelical church group covered up allegations of sexual abuse against children. The suit filed Wednesday in state court …


  • Report: US Protestants lose majority status

    NEW YORK (AP) — For the first time in its history, the United States does not have a Protestant majority, according to a new study. One reason: The number of …


  • Cousin: Oklahoma bomb plot suspect mentally ill

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A 23-year-old Illinois man accused of planning to attack dozens of churches in Oklahoma with Molotov cocktails has struggled with mental illness, substance abuse and grief, …


  • Report: US Protestants lose majority status

    NEW YORK (AP) — For the first time in its history, the United States does not have a Protestant majority, according to a new study. One reason: The number of …


  • Ill. man faces terrorism charge in Okla. bomb plot

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Illinois man with a long history of mental illness has been charged with plotting to attack dozens of churches after a hotel maintenance worker in …


  • SF prelate jokes about DUI charge at installation

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco’s new Roman Catholic archbishop made self-deprecating jokes about his recent drunken-driving arrest during his formal installation ceremony, which came just days after he pleaded …


  • SF archbishop jokes about recent DUI arrest

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Amid heavy security and the splendor of his faith’s most sacred rites, the new Roman Catholic archbishop of San Francisco assumed office Thursday without referring to …

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