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Pope pays tribute in Sicily to priest slain by Mafia

Sep 15, 2018

Pope Francis has paid tribute in Sicily to a priest slain by mobsters for discouraging youths from joining the Mafia

Pope says populism should serve people, not stir up quarrels

Sep 15, 2018

Pope Francis is recommending a Christian brand of populism after being attacked by Italian politicians for defending migrants

Baptist pastor finds calling in post-Holocaust cemeteries

Sep 14, 2018

Steven Reece, an ordained Southern Baptist minister who lives near Atlanta, has devoted his life to cleaning Jewish cemeteries in Poland and Ukraine in a search for Jewish-Christian reconciliation

Verona Arena opera festival reports rise in ticket sales

Sep 13, 2018

The Verona Arena open-air opera festival says it closed the summer season with a 6-percent increase in ticket sales as new management focused on bringing in big singing talent as part of a relaunch

Correction: Ukraine-Holocaust Remembrance story

Sep 12, 2018

Correction: Ukraine-Holocaust Remembrance story

The Latest: Sex abuse: Pope to meet Thursday with US bishops

Sep 11, 2018

The Vatican says Pope Francis will meet Thursday with the head of the U.S. bishops conference and other top U.S. church officials over the sex abuse and cover-up scandal roiling the Catholic Church

UN says more worldwide going hungry, blames climate change

Sep 11, 2018

The United Nations says the number of hungry people in the world is growing and returning to levels from a decade ago, reversing recent trends, in large part due to climate change that is wreaking havoc on crop production in much of the developing world

Italy health authorities investigate pneumonia outbreak

Sep 10, 2018

Health authorities in northern Italy are investigating whether bacteria _ including the one that causes Legionnaires' disease _ inhaled from the water supply is behind an outbreak of pneumonia that has afflicted nearly 150 people

Children rights charity wins $1 million humanitarian prize

Sep 10, 2018

An international children rights charity based in Switzerland has been awarded the 2018 Balzan Prize for humanitarian achievement

Russia blocked from return to biathlon's governing body

Sep 7, 2018

Russia has failed to be reinstated as a full member by biathlon's governing body amid an investigation into bribery to cover up doping cases

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