China conducts demolitions at Tibetan Buddhist study site

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese authorities in southwestern Sichuan province have evicted followers and razed scores of homes at one of the world's largest centers of Tibetan Buddhist learning in a months-long...

Brazilian boy's survival of brain injury is Fatima 'miracle'

FATIMA, Portugal (AP) — The parents of a Brazilian boy whose recovery from a severe brain injury is being cited by the Vatican as the "miracle" needed to canonize two Portuguese children broke their s...

Deacon candidate accuses Minnesota bishop of blackmail

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota man alleged Tuesday that his Catholic bishop blackmailed him, threatening to block his path to becoming a deacon and harm his son's priesthood career if he told anyone a...

Ex-deputy mayor to revive burlesque career for charity

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — A former deputy mayor in New Jersey is resurrecting her career as a burlesque dancer for charity. Former Jersey City deputy mayor Leona Beldini will take the...

Review: Soprano Diana Damrau makes her case for Meyerbeer

"Grand Opera," Diana Damrau (Erato) Once considered a giant of 19th century opera, Giacomo Meyerbeer has been relegated over the century to the second tier of composers, admired for ...

Ursuline Sisters to sell US headquarters on Long Island

BLUE POINT, N.Y. (AP) — A branch of an order of Roman Catholic nuns is putting its longtime U.S. headquarters on Long Island up for sale as its membership declines. Newsday reports (...

Off-duty Border Patrol agent may have started Arizona fire

An off-duty Border Patrol agent is being investigated for possibly starting a large wildfire in southeastern Arizona while target shooting last weekend, authorities said Thursday. Bo...

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...