Pope Francis holds up the holy host during his first Easter Mass, St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican (AP Photo)

Official Vatican text of pope’s speech

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Following is the official English language translation provided by the Vatican of Pope Francis’ Easter Sunday message, delivered in Italian from the central balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica.


South By Southwest (AP Photo)

Jim James takes search for connection to SXSW

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James thinks music is a spiritual force that can unite humanity. He’s taking that message — and his new solo album — to the South By Southwest Music Festival this week.


Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican.

Pope gives final Sunday blessing before resigning

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Benedict XVI bestowed his final Sunday blessing of his pontificate on a cheering crowd in St. Peter’s Square, explaining that his waning years and energy made him better suited to the life of private prayer he soon will spend in a secluded monastery.


Obama ends campaign blitz; Romney focuses on Ohio

  CINCINNATI (AP) — President Barack Obama has wrapped up a 40-hour campaign blitz to key states including Ohio. He also made a photo opportunity of casting an early vote in Chicago. He became the […]


Report: US Protestants lose majority status

NEW YORK (AP) – For the first time in its history, the United States does not have a Protestant majority, according to a new study. The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life says the […]


Can religion save Africa's elephants and rhinos?

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) – Standing before a pile of charred elephant ivory in Kenya, Christian, Muslim and Hindu religious leaders have grasped hands and prayed that “God’s creatures” will survive. Poachers are escalating their assault […]


Villaraigosa's odd moment at DNC (video)

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was caught up in an uncomfortable moment at the convention. It came as Democrats altered their party platform to include God and recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. But, […]


Ohio homicide victim had burns on 80 pct. of body

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – A woman who died after being found covered in burns and suffering on the side of a rural Ohio road was too badly burned for the cause of her death to […]


Sikh temple victim remains in coma

OAK CREEK, Wis. (AP) – The family of Sikh priest Punjab Singh says he has remained in a coma since an Aug. 5 shooting at a Wisconsin temple wounded him and three others and left […]