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...

Pope probes Order of Malta ouster over old condom scandal

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis launched an investigation Thursday into the ouster of a top official at the Order of Malta, the ancient aristocratic religious order, amid evidence that Francis' own e...

Catholic church gets back into business in Czech Republic

ZELIV MONASTERY, Czech Republic (AP) — Inside the 12th century Zeliv monastery, overlooked by crucifixes on stone walls, is modern machinery that a visitor might not expect to find: a brand new beer p...

46 claims filed in 2 months to priest abuse victims program

NEW YORK (AP) — It took 30 years for a former student to be ready to report he'd been sexually abused by a respected Roman Catholic priest on high school trips. But it didn't take long to realize the ...

Castro's death is bittersweet for nostalgic Cuban exiles

MIAMI (AP) — Joaquin Palacio adored his grandfather's tobacco farm in Cuba's lush Pinar Del Rio province. As a boy he learned to plow the land, grow crops and ride his black horse, C...

Today in History

Today in History Today is Saturday, Nov. 26, the 331st day of 2016. There are 35 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Nov. 26, ...

Suspect in fatal stabbing at French missionary home arrested

PARIS (AP) — Police on Friday arrested a suspect in the fatal knife attack on a woman at a retirement home for Catholic missionaries in southern France after a vast manhunt, authorities said. ...

Manhunt in France after killing at religious residence

PARIS (AP) — French police searched Friday for a masked gunman suspected of stabbing an elderly woman to death in a retirement home for Catholic missionaries in southern France, authorities said. ...