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Texas Senate approves 'religious refusal' adoption measure

Mon, 22 May 2017 11:04:10 GMT2017-05-22T11:04:10Z

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Texas' Republican-controlled Senate approved a bill early Monday that allows publicly funded foster care and adoption agencies to refuse to place children with non-Christian, unmarried or gay prospective parents because of religious objections....



Pope to kids: I wasn't 'bravo' at soccer, so I played goalie

Sun, 21 May 2017 17:44:36 GMT2017-05-21T17:44:36Z

ROME (AP) -- Pope Francis has told children at an Italian sports center he didn't play soccer very well as a youth and was stuck with the nickname "stiff leg."...



Pope names cardinals for Laos, Mali, Sweden, Spain, Salvador

Sun, 21 May 2017 14:53:00 GMT2017-05-21T14:53:00Z

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- In a surprise announcement Sunday, Pope Francis named five new cardinals, for Spain, El Salvador and three countries where Catholics are a tiny minority: Mali, Laos and Sweden....



Egypt refers militants to military trial over church attacks

Sun, 21 May 2017 13:53:34 GMT2017-05-21T13:53:34Z

CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt's chief prosecutor has referred 48 suspected Islamic militants to a military trial over their alleged participation in deadly attacks targeting Christian churches....



Trump nominates Callista Gingrich as envoy to the Vatican

Sat, 20 May 2017 17:59:31 GMT2017-05-20T17:59:31Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump says he will nominate the wife of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich as his ambassador to the Vatican....



Albania's Muslims call for peaceful electoral campaign

Sat, 20 May 2017 15:35:54 GMT2017-05-20T15:35:54Z

TIRANA, Albania (AP) -- The Albanian Muslim Community on Saturday called on political parties to hold a peaceful election campaign that coincides with the holy month of Ramadan....



Pope strikes again with cold-call visits to bless homes

Fri, 19 May 2017 18:27:28 GMT2017-05-19T18:27:28Z

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The cold-call pope has struck again, with Pope Francis surprising a dozen families with an afternoon visit to their homes to perform an annual springtime blessing....



Church sign saying Muslims responsible for 9/11 draws ire

Fri, 19 May 2017 16:40:48 GMT2017-05-19T16:40:48Z

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (AP) -- Church signs often display innocuous messages such as "God answers knee mail." But a small Presbyterian church in North Carolina is drawing criticism for its provocative signs, including one this week that reads "19 Muslim immigrants killed 2977 Americans, Sept. 11, 2001."...



Pope embraces Huntington's afflicted in bid to end stigma

Thu, 18 May 2017 14:55:20 GMT2017-05-18T14:55:20Z

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis embraced weeping mothers, fathers and children with Huntington's Disease on Thursday as he sought to remove the stigma of an incurable genetic disorder that causes such devastating physical and psychiatric effects that its sufferers are often shunned and abandoned....



Dylann Roof jail videos: Jokes, spats, no mention of 9 slain

Wed, 17 May 2017 08:20:28 GMT2017-05-17T08:20:28Z

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- A week before the sentencing phase of his trial, Dylann Roof got a visit in jail from his mother, who pleaded with him to reconsider his decision to act as his own lawyer in the fatal shootings of nine black worshippers at a South Carolina church....