As hundreds of thousands battled the heat and crowds to hear Pope Francis' first sermon on Spanish-speaking soil Monday, the 78-year-old pontiff used the occasion to defend family unity and promise the faithful that better times were ahead.
It was on the Fourth of July 100 years ago that the founders of Tirzah Presbyterian Church met in a shady grove to start their church. Their descendants marked the anniversary on Sunday in a celebration of the history and future of their church.
Pope Francis launched the first of two summertime trips to the Americas on Sunday, arriving in Ecuador on a mission to reach and energize some of the hemisphere's poorest, most marginalized - and most Catholic - populations.
Ever since Mario Jose Bergoglio became Pope Francis in 2013, the region's political elite have beaten a path to the Vatican. Cuba's Raul Castro, Colombia's Juan Manuel Santos and Brazil's Dilma Roussef have all been granted audiences. Argentina's Cristina Fernandez has become a regular at the Holy See, visiting her countryman and one-time foe five times.
PHILADELPHIA-During two whirlwind days in Philadelphia in September, Pope Francis will speak about immigration and religious liberty outside Independence Hall and visit inmates at the city's largest prison.
When Tadd Johnson got a call in February that a Native American tribal elder in northern Minnesota had died and authorities were preparing to do an autopsy over his family's objections, the message was simple.
VATICAN CITY- Pope Francis - the leader of a Catholic Church that has always preached the indissolubility of marriage - acknowledged on Wednesday that sometimes it is impossible for spouses to stay together.
Lama Chuck Stanford, Rime Buddhist Center: Recently, several of our political leaders have disgraced themselves by sexual misconduct, accepting bribes and through other moral lapses. So, how should a politician or leader conduct him or herself?
An upcoming world summit of Catholic bishops will discuss dropping long-standing rules against remarried divorcees as part of efforts to update the church's stance towards modern family life, the Vatican said Tuesday.
The Rev. Lou Vallone is a man of many gears. A master scuba diver, a self-proclaimed barbecue expert – and a man of God. But above all else – under the heavens, that is – Father Vallone prefers to sit back, rev up his full-dress police edition 2003 Harley Davidson Electra Glide Standard, turn up the tunes and take on some two-lane blacktop.