Wisconsin pastor accused of exploiting children in Venezuela and Cuba gets 15 years

A Wisconsin pastor accused of sexually exploiting children from Venezuela and Cuba has been sentenced to 15 years in a federal prison.

Pope Francis says he’s doing better but again skips his window appearance facing St. Peter’s Square

An ailing Pope Francis has skipped his popular window appearance to the public in St. Peter’s Square for a second Sunday but said in televised remarks that he’s doing better.

Philippine president blames foreign militants for a bombing that killed 4 Christian worshippers

The Philippine president has blamed what he called “foreign terrorists” for a bomb blast that killed four people, wounded dozens of other Catholic worshippers in the south and sparked a security alarm, including in the capital, Manila, where state forces were put on alert.

In Mexico, a Japanese traditional dancer shows how body movement speaks beyond culture and religion

Unlike the fast-moving interpreters of samba, salsa and other Latin American dancing styles, Japanese traditional dancers move slowly, performing just a few moves that their bodies keep fully controlled.

Send-offs show Carlton Pearson’s split legacy spurred by his inclusive beliefs, rejection of hell

Before his peers would label him a heretic, the late Bishop Carlton D. Pearson was once one of the best known preachers in the United States.

Kenyan cult leader sentenced to 18 months for film violations but still not charged over mass graves

The leader of a doomsday cult in Kenya has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for the illegal distribution of films and operating a film studio without licenses.

APPHOTOS: Rosalynn Carter’s farewell tracing her 96 years from Plains to the world and back

Former U.S. first lady Rosalynn Carter has been memorialized with three days of public ceremonies and tributes. She died Nov. 19.

Pilgrims yearn to visit an isolated peninsula where Catholic saints cared for Hawaii’s leprosy patients

Devotees of two Catholic saints — Damien and Marianne of Molokai — want to see where they spent a pivotal part of their lives caring for Hawaii’s leprosy patients.

Las Vegas man accused of threats against Jewish US senator and her family is indicted

A federal grand jury has indicted a Las Vegas man on charges of making antisemitic threats against U.S.

US prosecutors say plots to assassinate Sikh leaders were part of a campaign of planned killings

Law enforcement authorities say in court papers that the plot driven by a government official in India to assassinate a prominent Sikh separatist leader in New York City was meant to precede another killing in California and more assassinations in the U.S. and Canada.

Influential Detroit pastor the Rev. Charles Gilchrist Adams dies at age 86

Influential longtime Detroit pastor the Rev. Charles Gilchrist Adams has died following an illness. He was 86.

What to know about the Sikh independence movement following US accusation that activist was targeted

The U.S. has charged an Indian national in what prosecutors allege was a failed plot to assassinate a Sikh separatist at the behest of an unnamed Indian government official.

What to know about Hanukkah and how it’s celebrated around the world

Hanukkah — also spelled Chanukah or other transliterations from Hebrew — is Judaism’s “festival of lights.”

Pope says he has acute bronchitis, doctors recommended against travel to avoid change in temperature

Pope Francis says he is suffering from acute and infectious bronchitis. He told an audience on Thursday that doctors recommended he cancel his planned visit to Dubai this weekend to avoid the quick changes in temperature that would be involved.

Church that hosted Rosalynn Carter funeral played key role in her and her husband’s lives

PLAINS, Ga. (鶹ýapp) — The church where those closest to Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter bid farewell to the former first lady Wednesday played a central role in the lives of the famous couple from tiny Plains, Georgia.

In the US, Black survivors are nearly invisible in the Catholic clergy sexual abuse crisis

Black survivors have been nearly invisible in the Catholic Church sexual abuse crisis — even in Baltimore, home to a historic Black Catholic community.

An Indian official plotted to assassinate a Sikh separatist leader in New York, US prosecutors say

American authorities say an Indian government official directed a plot to assassinate a prominent Sikh separatist leader in New York City after he advocated for a sovereign state for Sikhs.

Pope Francis is still having trouble breathing due to lung inflammation, Vatican says

The Vatican says Pope Francis is stable but is still having trouble breathing as a result of a lung inflammation that forced him to cancel a weekend trip to Dubai.

Pop singer Sabrina Carpenter’s music video spurs outrage for using NY Catholic church as a setting

A pop singer’s use of a Roman Catholic church in Brooklyn for parts of a music video has led to its pastor being penalized.

Pope cancels trip to Dubai for UN climate conference on doctors’ orders while recovering from flu

Pope Francis has canceled his trip to Dubai for the U.N. climate conference on doctors’ orders. The announcement marked the second time the pope’s frail health had forced the cancellation of a foreign trip: He had to postpone a planned trip to Congo and South Sudan in 2022 because of knee inflammati

Pope punishes leading critic Cardinal Burke in second action against conservative American prelates

Pope Francis has decided to take measures to punish Cardinal Raymond Burke, who is one of his highest-ranking critics.

New documentary offers a peek into the triumphs and struggles of Muslim chaplains in US military

The small group of Muslim chaplains in the U.S. military tends to the souls and spirits of troops of all faiths and no faith.

German-Israeli singer admits he lied when accusing hotel of antisemitism in a video that went viral

A German-Israeli singer who claimed he had been turned away from a hotel in the eastern German city of Leipzig because he was wearing a Star of David pendant has admitted during a defamation trial against him that he made up the story.

Antisemitic incidents in Germany rose by 320% after Hamas attacked Israel, a monitoring group says

A group tracking antisemitism in Germany says that it has documented a drastic increase of antisemitic incidents in the country in the month after Hamas attacked Israel on Oct. 7.

Book Review: Lauren Grodstein’s masterpiece of historical fiction set in Warsaw Ghetto during WWII

The Oneg Shabbat archive was a secret project of Jews imprisoned in the Warsaw Ghetto to record their histories as they awaited deportation to Nazi death camps during APWar II.

Pope Francis getting antibiotics intravenously for lung problem, limiting appointments, Vatican says

The Vatican says Pope Francis is receiving antibiotics intravenously to treat a lung inflammation but that he doesn’t have pneumonia.

Tens of thousands march against antisemitism in London including UK ex-Prime Minister Boris Johnson

Tens of thousands of people including former U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson have gathered in London for a march against antisemitism.

Pope Francis says he has a lung inflammation but will go to Dubai this week for a climate conference

Pope Francis says he has a lung inflammation but will go later this week to Dubai for a climate change conference.

With antisemitism rising as the Israel-Hamas war rages, Europe’s Jews worry

Antisemitism is spiking across Europe after Hamas’ Oct. 7 massacre and Israel’s bombardment of Gaza, worrying Jews from London to Geneva and Berlin.

In the US, Hmong ‘new year’ recalls ancestral spirits while teaching traditions to new generations

Late fall is the most spiritual time of the year in traditional Hmong culture. There are centuries-old celebrations for the post-harvest “new year,” brought from Southeast Asia which the Hmong had to flee after helping the United States in the Vietnam War.