Vianel Garcia told family members they could sleep on the floor of her East Harlem hair salon when Pope Francis visits the city in September so they can try to catch a glimpse of him when he makes a stop at a school across from her business.
Eric Tucker and Meg Kinnard, Associated Press | Posted Jul 23rd - 3:31am
Five weeks after nine people were slain at a black Charleston church, federal authorities have indicted the suspected shooter on dozens of new charges, including hate crimes, firearms violations and obstructing the practice of religion.
Pope Francis opened the registration period for next year's World Youth Day in Poland, using a tablet computer to sign himself up from a window overlooking St. Peter's Square during the traditional Sunday blessing.
A court in northeast China sentenced five people to prison Saturday for spreading the teachings of a banned religious group that's been linked to a killing of a woman in a McDonald's restaurant last year.
Oliver Teves, Associated Press | Posted Jul 24th - 7:30pm
A politically influential and secretive Christian church involved in a legal dispute with American R&B singer Chris Brown has been caught in a rising tide of its own troubles, including allegations of abductions and misuse of funds.
Iraq's top Shiite cleric on Friday called on the government in Baghdad to do more to protect the families of Iraqi forces fighting the Islamic State group, saying they are an "easy prey" for extremists bent on revenge attacks.
An American clergyman suspected of child sexual abuse at a Pennsylvania school was sentenced on Friday to three years in an Australian prison for molesting three children in Melbourne more than 30 years ago.
Nicholas Riccardi, Associated Press | Posted Jul 23rd - 2:41pm
A group of Colorado nuns said Thursday they will go to the U.S. Supreme Court to appeal a ruling that allows their employees to receive birth control from a third party under the Affordable Care Act, fueling a combustible argument over contraception and religion ahead of next year's presidential election.
Israel's narrow coalition government, propped up by two ultra-religious parties, is butting heads with liberal streams of Judaism that dominate Jewish life in the United States — widening a rift that risks further alienating American Jews at a time of growing U.S.-Israel estrangement.
Philip Marcelo, Associated Press | Posted Jul 22nd - 12:51pm
Parishioners occupying a long-closed Catholic church south of Boston had their day before the state Appeals Court on Wednesday as they sought to overturn a judge's ruling that ordered them to end their nearly 11-year, round-the-clock protest vigil.