Delicate bargain frees 26 hostages, including Qatar royals

BAGHDAD (AP) — Qatar has secured the release of 26 hostages after nearly a year and a half in captivity, including members of its ruling family, in what became possibly the region's most complex and s...

Armed group kills 8 in southern Congo in latest attack

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Authorities say a brutal armed group in southern Congo blamed for murdering a U.N. team has killed at least eight people over the weekend. The fighters loyal t...

Pope visits Italian region that rebuilt after 2012 quake

CARPI, Italy (AP) — Pope Francis has arrived in Italy's northern Emilia Romagna region, which was hit by deadly quakes in 2012, on a visit to signal hope to central Italy, which was struck by more dev...

Guam Catholic Church sees a "perfect storm" of controversy

HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — The Catholic Church on the Pacific island of Guam has been devastated by allegations that its longtime archbishop sexually abused altar boys. But even before the scandal broke, Gu...

Diocese filing for bankruptcy to settle sex abuse claims

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A second Montana Roman Catholic diocese will file for bankruptcy protection as part of settlements involving more than 400 people in sex abuse lawsuits, church officials said Frid...

BC-EU--Europe Coverage,ADVISORY, EU

Here's a look at stories The Associated Press plans to cover in Europe from Saturday, April 1, through Monday, April 3. Questions about coverage plans can be directed to the Europe Desk at eurdesk@ap....

Religious shrine proposes illuminated 'Nuns Crossing' sign

ATTLEBORO, Mass. (AP) — Why did the three nuns cross the road? To get to their jobs on the other side. But a Massachusetts shrine where the nuns work wants to make it safer for them ...

Pope begs forgiveness for church role in Rwanda genocide

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has begged forgiveness for the "sins and failings of the church and its members" during Rwanda's 1994 genocide and told Rwanda's president that he hoped his apology wo...

China says rebuilding major western Buddhist learning center

BEIJING (AP) — China says it is rebuilding a major center of Buddhist learning in the country's west, following reports last year that the complex was being demolished and its residents evicted. ...

Catholic diocese in India removes vicar accused of rape

NEW DELHI (AP) — A Roman Catholic diocese in southern India is considering using security cameras and other measures to curb sexual abuse by priests after a vicar was arrested on charges of raping a t...

Far-right candidate sees a France sans kippas, headscarves

PARIS (AP) — No more Muslim women in the Metro wearing the latest in headscarf attire. No more young Jewish boys in kippas dashing into the bakery for the family's dinner baquette. F...

Spring break alternative: A road trip in southeast Mexico

CANCUN, Mexico (AP) — The police didn't ask for bribes. The roads were safe and fast. The food was particular, yet delicious. A road trip across southeast Mexico offered the perfect ...

Pope frets about 'hemorrhage' of priests, nuns from church

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis says he is concerned about what he calls a "hemorrhage" of priests and nuns from the Catholic church. The pope on Saturday told participants at a Vat...

Historic German abbey closed, property goes to diocese

BERLIN (AP) — Bavarian Catholic church authorities say they have closed Germany's last Bridgettine Order abbey at the request of the Vatican. The property, including a precious library, now goes to th...

Obama pays tribute to Biden as 'extraordinary man'

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is paying tribute to Vice President Joe Biden, praising him as an "extraordinary man with an extraordinary career in public service." Speakin...