• lent March 2, 2022 5:11 pm

    What Is Lent?

    About 25% of Americans observe Lent, an annual period of prayer and fasting during the 40 days leading up to Easter Sunday. Here’s what you should know.

  • Good Friday April 2, 2021 11:54 pm

    Christians Mark Good Friday, Holy Week Under Virus Woes

    For a second year, Christians in the Holy Land are marking Good Friday without the mass pilgrimages usually seen in the Holy Week leading up to Easter because of the coronavirus

  • Good Friday April 10, 2020 3:30 pm

    Christians in Germany Attend Drive-In Mass on Good Friday

    Catholics and Protestants in Dusseldorf attended Good Friday Mass via their cars on Friday amid the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Good Friday April 11, 2020 2:31 am

    In a Test of Faith, Christians Mark Good Friday in Isolation

    On the day set aside to mark Christ’s crucifixion, most churches were empty

  • coronavirus April 11, 2020 11:49 am

    Global Coronavirus Updates: World Deaths Pass 100,000 as Crisis Deepens

    The worldwide death toll from the coronavirus surged past 100,000 on Friday as the epidemic in the U.S. cut a widening swath through not just New York City but the entire three-state metropolitan area of 20 million people connected by a tangle of subways, trains and buses.

  • Daniel Macht September 10, 2019 1:21 am

    Johnson to Suspend UK Parliament After Latest Brexit Defeat

    The simmering showdown between Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Britain’s Parliament over Brexit came to a head as lawmakers delivered three defeats to the government’s plans for leaving the European Union, before being sent home early Tuesday for a contentious five-week suspension of the legislature. In a session that ran well past midnight, Parliament enacted a law to block a...

  • Donald Trump September 7, 2019 9:54 pm

    Analysis: US-UK Trade Deal Won't Be So Easy Post-Brexit

    Britain hasn’t even divorced the European Union yet, and already a new suitor has come calling: the United States. During a visit this week to the United Kingdom, Vice President Mike Pence brought word from his boss, President Donald Trump: The United States is eager to reach a new trade pact — one that won’t be possible until Britain completes...

  • Associated Press September 5, 2019 3:31 pm

    Boris Johnson's Brother Quits Government Amid Brexit Blows

    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s bad week got even worse Thursday when younger brother Jo walked away from his government post over their differing stances over Brexit. It was clearly a difficult decision for Jo Johnson, who had returned to government as an education minister when his big brother replaced Theresa May as prime minister in July. Jo Johnson had...

  • Associated Press September 5, 2019 12:07 am

    Johnson's Brexit Plans in Crisis After 3rd Defeat in 2 Days

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson called Wednesday for a national election on Oct. 15, saying it was the only way out of Britain’s Brexit impasse after lawmakers moved to block his plan to leave the European Union next month without a divorce deal. But Parliament delivered Johnson his third defeat in two days and turned down a motion triggering a vote....

  • injuries April 20, 2019 8:51 pm

    Northern Ireland Police Arrest 2 in Killing of Journalist

    Police in Northern Ireland arrested two teenagers Saturday in connection with the fatal shooting of a young journalist during rioting in the city of Londonderry. The men, aged 18 and 19, were detained under anti-terrorism legislation and taken to Belfast for questioning, the Police Service of Northern Ireland said. The men have not been identified or charged. Police had said...

  • easter April 19, 2019 10:45 am

    Journalist Shot Dead in Northern Ireland Rioting

    The dissident republican group, the New IRA, was most likely responsible for the fatal shooting of a journalist during overnight rioting in the city of Londonderry, police in Northern Ireland said Friday. The Police Service of Northern Ireland said 29-year-old journalist and author Lyra McKee died after she was shot during rioting in the Creggan area. Assistant Chief Constable Mark...

  • easter April 18, 2019 6:18 pm

    Pope Washes Inmates' Feet, Says Bishops Must Be Servants

    Pope Francis washed the feet of 12 prisoners Thursday and urged them to serve one another as brothers, as he ushered in the solemn pre-Easter rituals made more poignant this year following the devastation of Paris’ Notre Dame Cathedral. Francis travelled to a prison in Velletri, outside Rome, for the Holy Thursday service that re-enacts the biblical story of Christ...

  • European Union March 26, 2019 11:32 am

    UK Lawmakers Seize Brexit Agenda in Bid to Break Deadlock

    British lawmakers seized a measure of control over the stalled Brexit process from Prime Minister Theresa May’s foundering government Monday, setting up a series of votes that could dramatically alter the course of the U.K.’s departure from the European Union. The move came after May conceded that Parliament would defeat her twice-rejected divorce deal with the EU again if she...

  • JUDGE March 14, 2019 6:27 pm

    British Ex-Soldier to Be Charged in Bloody Sunday Killings

    A former British soldier will be charged in the slayings of two civil rights protesters 47 years ago on Bloody Sunday, one of the deadliest days of the decades-long conflict in Northern Ireland. The ex-paratrooper, identified as “Soldier F,” will face prosecution for the killings of James Wray and William McKinney and the attempted murders of Joseph Friel, Michael Quinn,...

  • Associated Press July 4, 2018 3:04 am

    Alan Diaz, AP Photographer Behind Elian Image, Dies at 71

    Retired Associated Press photojournalist Alan Diaz, whose photo of a terrified 6-year-old Cuban boy named Elian Gonzalez earned him the Pulitzer Prize, has died. He was 71.

  • Iraq March 30, 2018 5:41 pm

    Pope Presides Over Good Friday Amid Hell Controversy

    Pope Francis presided over solemn Good Friday services amid heightened security at Rome’s Colosseum for the Via Crucis procession and a new communications controversy at home. Italian police, carabinieri and soldiers were on alert, with Holy Week coinciding with a spate of arrests of suspected Islamic extremists around Italy and warnings from law enforcement about the return of foreign fighters...

  • OFFICER April 15, 2017 12:30 am

    Pope Speaks of Humanity's ‘Shame' in Good Friday Procession

    Thousands of people, including nuns, families with toddlers, and young tourists, endured exceptionally tight anti-terrorism checks to pray at the Good Friday procession at the Colosseum, where Pope Francis expressed shame over humanity’s failings....
    Francis, wearing a plain white coat, presided over the traditional, evening Way of the Cross procession from a rise overlooking the popular tourist monument as faithful took...

  • United States April 14, 2017 5:18 pm

    British Tourist Stabbed to Death in Jerusalem on Good Friday

    A 25-year-old British tourist was killed in Jerusalem Friday, officials said, as Christians packed the city for Good Friday and Jews celebrated Passover, NBC News reported. A 57-year-old Palestinian is suspected of stabbing the woman multiple times with what appeared to be a kitchen knife on the city’s light rail system, according to hospital and police officials. Two other people,...

  • Chicago April 4, 2017 2:59 pm

    'Never Lose Hope': Pope Francis Writes Letter on Chicago's Violence

    Pope Francis wrote a letter to Chicagoans Tuesday saying he is keeping the people of the city “in my mind and in my prayers” as families continue to lose loved ones to spiking violence.

  • Chicago April 4, 2017 9:58 pm

    'Never Lose Hope': Pope Francis Writes Letter on Chicago's Violence

    Pope Francis wrote a letter to Chicagoans Tuesday saying he is keeping the people of the city “in my mind and in my prayers” as families continue to lose loved ones to spiking violence.

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