A Blessing of the Animals was performed Sunday by Father Patrick Carley of the St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church in West Jordan. Many churches celebrate the feast of St. Francis of Assisi every Oct. 4, commemorating the life of St. Francis.
Nicole Winfield, Associated Press | Posted Oct 4th - 3:20am
Pope Francis opened a divisive meeting of the world's bishops on family issues Sunday by forcefully asserting that marriage is an indissoluble bond between man and woman. But he said the church doesn't judge and must "seek out and care for hurting couples with the balm of acceptance and mercy."
Jessica Gresko, Associated Press | Posted Oct 4th - 12:32am
An openly gay former student of Pope Francis' who visited with the pope during his recent trip to Washington said he was surprised Francis had met with the Kentucky county clerk who gained attention for refusing to issue same-sex couples marriage licenses.
Brady McCombs, Associated Press | Posted Oct 3rd - 7:44pm
The Mormon church didn't go far to select three new members for a top governing body that sets policy and runs the worldwide faith's business operations — choosing two former business executives and a cardiologist from Utah who had already been serving in lower church leadership positions.
Brady McCombs and Lindsay Whitehurst, Associated Press | Posted Oct 2nd - 8:10pm
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.
Hamza Al-Soud, Associated Press | Posted Oct 4th - 3:41pm
A Jordanian parliament member said he learned from Islamic State-linked media that his son carried out a suicide attack in Iraq, three months after dropping out of medical school and joining the extremist group.
Claire Galofaro, Associated Press | Posted Oct 4th - 9:13am
Kim Davis' lawyer stood onstage in a Washington D.C. hotel and pointed to a photo on the screen. It showed 100,000 people packed into a Peruvian soccer stadium, Mat Staver told the crowd, all there to pray for the Kentucky clerk battling against gay marriage.
Brady McCombs, Associated Press | Posted Oct 2nd - 9:11pm
The Mormon church could name as many as three new high-ranking leaders at a Utah conference this weekend, and scholars predict that for the first time ever, at least one could be from outside North America and Europe.
Nicole Winfield, Associated Press | Posted Oct 2nd - 8:51pm
The Vatican turned the tables Friday on the pope's meeting with Kim Davis: Not only did it distance the pontiff from her claims that he endorsed her stand on same-sex marriage, it said the only "real audience" Francis had in Washington was with a small group that included a gay couple.
Rob Gillies, Associated Press | Posted Oct 2nd - 8:20pm
Canada's Conservative government said Friday it will create a phone line for Canadians to report those engaged in "barbaric cultural practices," ahead of the final debate in Canada's divisive election campaign.
A former Roman Catholic priest who raped an altar boy and spent more than a decade in prison will be freed after prosecutors withdrew a civil petition Friday to have him committed as a sexually dangerous person.