Jul 7, 2016

Divorcees must avoid sex, says U.S. archbishop

The head of the Roman Catholic Church in Philadelphia is closing the door opened by Pope Francis to letting civilly remarried Catholics receive Communion, saying the faithful in his archdiocese can only do so if they abstain from sex and live “as brother and ...

Jul 4, 2016

Pope Francis says Benedict ailing but mentally sharp

Pope Francis has said his predecessor as pontiff is having trouble getting around, but remains sharp of mind and memory, according to an interview published Sunday. “His mind and his memory are intact, perfect,” Francis said of Benedict XVI in the remarks published by ...

Jun 24, 2016

Pope heads to Armenia, world's first Christian country

Pope Francis embarks on a three-day visit to Armenia Friday, just over a year after he enraged Turkey by using the term genocide to describe the mass killings of Armenians under the Ottoman Empire. Armenia was the first country to adopt Christianity as its ...

Jun 13, 2016

Cloistered nun gets PhD in rocket engines

A nun in India has received a PhD for her study of scramjet engines, devices that can be used in space craft, news reports said. Sister Benedicta of the Holy Face, 32, is a member of a Carmelite community in the city of Pune, ...

'Holy fire,' fireworks light up night as Orthodox Christians mark Easter

May 2, 2016

'Holy fire,' fireworks light up night as Orthodox Christians mark Easter

With “holy fire,” fireworks and night Mass, Orthodox Christians around the world celebrated Easter on Sunday, commemorating the resurrection of Jesus around 2,000 years ago. Roman Catholics and Protestants marked Easter in March, in accordance with the Gregorian calendar; Eastern Orthodox churches use the ...