04/26/2014 12:50amPope Francis has praised his two saintly predecessors on several occasions, hailing them as models for the faithful who inspire with their goodness and "heroic" virtues. Here's what he has said:
04/26/2014 2:00amWhen Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio almost became pope in 2005, he told a confidant that — had he been elected — he would have named himself after the pope he so admired: John XXIII.
04/26/2014 2:00amIn his native Poland, the old stomping grounds of Pope John Paul II are places of pilgrimage. Here are the top five spots in Poland associated with the superstar pope, who will be made a saint at a ceremony in Vatican on Sunday.
04/26/2014 4:21amThe vibrant posters promise jobs, prosperity and security coming from Iraq's first parliamentary elections since U.S. troops withdrew from the country, but so far, voters have only dim hopes as sectarian bloodshed rages unstopped.
04/26/2014 4:21amIraq is set to hold its first national parliamentary elections Wednesday after the withdrawal of the U.S. forces in 2011. More than 22 million voters will be eligible to cast their ballots to choose 328 lawmakers out of more than 9,000 candidates.
04/26/2014 6:00amUkraine's acting prime minister has met with Pope Francis at the Vatican, but escalating Ukrainian-Russian tensions prompted him to return home instead of staying for the sainthood ceremony on Sunday.
04/26/2014 6:20amIn a historic match-up of papacies past and present, Pope Francis and emeritus Pope Benedict XVI will honor Popes John XXIII and John Paul II in the first ever canonization of two popes. For such a momentous occasion, the ceremony is actually quite short and surprisingly straightforward, with the added benefit that the relics of the two new saints will be presented for universal veneration by the church for the first time. Here are five things to look for — though beware, the rite is celebrated mostly in Latin, the official language of the Catholic Church.
04/26/2014 9:11amA project growing fresh vegetables for an Athens area soup kitchen was saved from the chopping block recently thanks to a partnership between Action Ministries and Young Harris Memorial United Methodist Church.
04/26/2014 9:42amCzech police say they have arrested a man for publishing an Islamic book that allegedly promotes racism and violence.
04/26/2014 10:43amTwo attacks killed at least six people Saturday in the Iraqi capital, where police also discovered nine bodies, some of them riddled with bullets, officials said.
04/26/2014 11:20amHillary Rodham Clinton's faith in God was shaped by her grandmother's hymns and the bedtime prayers from her gruff Navy father, the former secretary of state told thousands of Methodist women Saturday.
04/26/2014 11:41amEgyptian authorities have detected the first case of a dangerous SARS-like virus in the country, the state news agency said Saturday.
04/26/2014 1:01pmBy train, bus, car and on foot, pilgrims and tourists streamed into Rome on Saturday to participate in the ceremony in St. Peter's Square that will see two popes, John XXIII and John Paul II, be proclaimed saints.
04/26/2014 1:22pmAn Egyptian court on Saturday convicted and sentenced 11 alleged supporters of the country's ousted Islamist president to up to 88 years in prison on charges that include violating a protest law and assaulting police.
04/26/2014 2:20pmFor the first time, the federal government is required to purchase and provide food banks emergency supplies of kosher or halal products, serving a population whose survival could otherwise be at odds with strictures of faith.
04/26/2014 2:33pmFrom distant Canada to small Polish towns, pilgrims were arriving Saturday in places linked to Pope John Paul II for concerts and prayers held on the eve of him being declared a saint
04/26/2014 3:31pmRetired pontiff Benedict XVI will help Pope Francis celebrate the sainthood ceremony Sunday for John Paul II and John XXIII, setting the stage for an unprecedented occurrence of two living popes canonizing two of their predecessors. About 1 million pilgrims are expected at the event and many were flooding into Rome on Saturday.