| Feb 18, 2014
| 4:30 PM
This is probably, but not certainly, the year that sees the end to the United States' three-decades-long effort to establish permanent American strategic bases in the Muslim Middle East and in Muslim Asia. This effort began before the 9/11 attacks on...
| Jan 23, 2014
| 7:51 AM
ROME -- It may sometimes be a breeding ground for pornographers, bullies and hateful extremists, but the Internet received an official blessing Thursday from Pope Francis, who called it a "gift from God."
"The digital world can be an environment rich...
| Jan 16, 2014
| 10:16 AM
ROME -- In their toughest and most public questioning to date about sexual abuse of children by members of the clergy, senior Vatican officials came under heavy criticism Thursday from a United Nations committee over their handling of such cases and...
| Jan 3, 2014
| 2:30 PM
For all his humble charm, Pope Francis has been getting under the thin skin of some rich members of his flock.
As F. Scott Fitzgerald remarked, the rich are different from you and me. They expect deference and coddling, especially for their charitable...
| Dec 27, 2013
| 1:09 PM
Pope Francis is everyone's man of the year, so if you're a critic of President Obama you might want to try to portray the president as anti-pope. It sounds crazy, but that's exactly what two former U.S. ambassadors to the Vatican try to do in a bizarre...
| Dec 28, 2013
| 5:45 PM
When the Vatican censured an organization representing thousands of American nuns, it did so in part because the group had not spoken out enough against gay marriage and abortion.
The Vatican said the Leadership Conference of Women Religious had...
| Dec 25, 2013
| 9:52 AM
Today we have a special Christmas edition of the Pictures in the News with traditional and off-beat celebrations from around the globe....
| Oct 30, 2013
| 3:27 PM
ROME -- The U.S. National Security Agency may have spied on the future Pope Francis in the run-up to his election in March, an Italian magazine reported Wednesday. The NSA strongly denied the report.
Without citing sources, Panorama magazine said the...
| Oct 31, 2013
| 6:54 AM
Religion News Service reporter Eric J. Lyman writes about reports that the NSA spied on the cardinals meeting to select Pope Francis:
The National SecurityAgency spied on cardinals as they prepared to select the new pope — perhaps including even...
| Jan 5, 2014
| 3:59 PM
JERUSALEM--Pope Francis will visit the Middle East in May, he announced Sunday to believers gathered at St. Peter’s Square in Rome.
"In the climate of joy typical of this Christmas period, I would like to announce that from May 24 to 26, God...
| Oct 17, 2013
| 2:19 PM
Whether you're a wine or beer snob, there's plenty of ammo for your argument in this pithy little infographic that was put on my radar last week by our Theme Park Ranger Dewayne Bevil. It lays out a couple of trends, most notably the fact that wine in...
| Oct 18, 2013
| 4:30 PM
Harvey Weinstein, Harvey Keitel and Tim Roth rolled into Lyon on Friday, joining Uma Thurman, already in town, to pay tribute to this year's Lumiere Award winner, Quentin Tarantino, during a mega-ceremony emceed and orchestrated by the festival's...