Aug 7, 2015

China removes cross from church after lengthy rooftop protest

Chinese authorities removed a cross from a church Friday after Christian protesters ended a month-long sit-in on the building’s roof in a bid to protect the cross from what they said was its unfair removal, witnesses said. Communist China officially guarantees freedom of religion ...

Pope takes aim at nations' Holocaust failures, arms-makers

Jun 22, 2015

Pope takes aim at nations' Holocaust failures, arms-makers

Pope Francis on Sunday denounced what he called the “great powers” of the world for failing to act when there was intelligence indicating Jews, Christians, homosexuals and others were being transported to death camps in Europe during World War II. He also decried the ...

Pope eyes worldwide audience for environment directive

Jun 15, 2015

Pope eyes worldwide audience for environment directive

Pope Francis is looking for a global audience for his upcoming encyclical on the environment, saying Sunday that it is meant for everyone, not just Catholics. Francis engaged in some self-promotion during his weekly blessing, alerting the thousands of people in St. Peter’s Square ...

May 12, 2015

Americans becoming less Christian, more secular: study

The number of Americans who do not identify with a particular religion has grown to 56 million in recent years, making the faith group researchers call “nones” the second-largest in total numbers behind evangelicals, according to a Pew Research Center study released Tuesday. Christianity ...

May 4, 2015

Scorsese says movie 'Silence' inspired by Catholic upbringing

Oscar-winning director Martin Scorsese said Monday his decision to shoot the drama “Silence” — based on a novel by Shusaku Endo — was inspired by his religiously observant childhood, despite the Hollywood heavyweight not typically being known for spiritual outpourings. Lauded for his direction ...

Nations condemn new Islamic State massacre of Christians

Apr 20, 2015

Nations condemn new Islamic State massacre of Christians

The United States on Sunday condemned the “brutal mass murder” of 30 Ethiopian Christians in Libya after a video released by Islamic State militants purportedly showed their execution. The 29-minute video appears to show militants holding two groups of captives, described in text captions ...

Mar 30, 2015

Russian theater director fired over 'decadent' opera staging

Russia’s culture minister on Sunday fired the director of a Siberian theater whose modern staging of Wagner’s opera “Tannhauser” offended the powerful Russian Orthodox Church. The announcement was made as several thousand people rallied outside the Novosibirsk theater to protest the opera, which they ...