The white-bearded Christian saint whose acts of generosity inspired Americaās secular Santa Claus figure is known worldwide. But Saint Nicholasā origin story is not.
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 heās doing better but again skips his window appearance facing St. Peterās Square
An ailing Pope Francis has skipped his popular window appearance to the public in St. Peterās Square for a second Sunday but said in televised remarks that heās doing better.
The Philippine president has blamed what he called āforeign terroristsā 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.
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.
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.
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 Hawaiiās leprosy patients
Devotees of two Catholic saints ā Damien and Marianne of Molokai ā want to see where they spent a pivotal part of their lives caring for Hawaiiās leprosy patients.
A federal grand jury has indicted a Las Vegas man on charges of making antisemitic threats against U.S.
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 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.
Hanukkah ā also spelled Chanukah or other transliterations from Hebrew ā is Judaismās āfestival of lights.ā
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.
PLAINS, Ga. (Āé¶¹“«Ć½app) ā 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.
Black survivors have been nearly invisible in the Catholic Church sexual abuse crisis ā even in Baltimore, home to a historic Black Catholic community.
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.
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 Carpenterās music video spurs outrage for using NY Catholic church as a setting
A pop singerās use of a Roman Catholic church in Brooklyn for parts of a music video has led to its pastor being penalized.
Pope Francis has canceled his trip to Dubai for the U.N. climate conference on doctorsā orders. The announcement marked the second time the popeās 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 Francis has decided to take measures to punish Cardinal Raymond Burke, who is one of his highest-ranking critics.
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.
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.
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 Grodsteinās 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 doesnāt have pneumonia.
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.
Antisemitism is spiking across Europe after Hamasā Oct. 7 massacre and Israelās bombardment of Gaza, worrying Jews from London to Geneva and Berlin.
In the US, Hmong ānew yearā 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 ānew year,ā brought from Southeast Asia which the Hmong had to flee after helping the United States in the Vietnam War.