Pope Francis will wash the feet of 12 inmates at Rome's central prison during a Holy Week ritual meant to show his willingness to serve others.
The Vatican is planting 10 chapels in the woods of one of Venice's lagoon islands for its first-ever contribution to the Venice Architecture Biennale.
A Pakistani court has ordered the arrest of a radical Islamist cleric over a violent rally last November in Islamabad where his followers demanded the removal of a minister over an omitted reference to Islam's Prophet Muhammad in a parliamentary bill.
The Latest on the anniversary of the 1995 Tokyo subway nerve gas attack (all times local): 12:40 p.m. Tokyo subway employees have marked the 23rd anniversary of a nerve gas attack that killed 13 people and sickened thousands at several stations.
Thirteen Japanese cult members may be sent to the gallows any day now for a deadly 1995 gas attack on the Tokyo subway system and other crimes.
Pope Francis is cautioning bishops to avoid politicking, business and high society.
Pope Francis has asked forgiveness for all Christians who buy sex from women, saying that men who frequent prostitutes are criminals with a "sick mentality" who think that women exist to be exploited.
The Roman Catholic Church in Scotland says Cardinal Keith O'Brien, who became the first cardinal in history to recuse himself from a papal election over a personal scandal, has died.
Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi was welcomed to Australia's Parliament House on Monday for the official start of a state visit that has provoked protests over her muted response to a military crackdown against Rohingya Muslims.
Poland’s leading archbishop has deplored comments by a senior conservative priest who had wished Pope Francis a quick death if he does not open to “wisdom.”
The Vatican has bowed to pressure and released the complete letter by Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI about Pope Francis after coming under criticism for selectively citing it in a press release and digitally manipulating a photograph of it.
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak says the displacement of Rohingya Muslims is no longer solely a domestic issue for Myanmar, as Southeast Asian nations signed a counterterrorism cooperation agreement at a regional leaders' conference.
Pope Francis has traveled to southern Italy to honor a wildly popular Italian saint, Padre Pio.
Indonesia's normally bustling Bali has shut down social media, turned away flights and shuttered all shops for a Day of Silence that marks New Year on the predominantly Hindu island.
The Latest on the Vatican convicting suspended Guam Archbishop Anthony Apuron of some charges in a sex abuse trial (all times local): 10 p.m.
Germany's new interior minister said Friday he doesn't consider Islam to be a part of Germany, a position that puts him at odds with Chancellor Angela Merkel on the central question of migration.
The Vatican said Friday it had convicted the suspended Guam archbishop, who was accused of sexually abusing minors, financial mismanagement and other charges, but didn't say exactly what crimes he had committed.
From the age of 5, when she entered a government school in Myanmar, Stella Naw learned about the triumphs of Burman kings and heroes, recited Burman poems and performed Burman dances at school ceremonies.
When Asadullah Poya's wife gave birth to their third child in a tiny village in rural Afghanistan, he immediately thought of Donald Trump.
Catholic and Jewish leaders in Poland have taken steps to try to rebuild dialogue and fight prejudice in their communities after a Polish-Israeli dispute sparked expressions of mutual hostility.
Pakistani lawmakers in a provincial assembly have voted in favor of a ban on dance parties at schools and other educational institutions, saying they promote Western culture.
Muslim groups in Germany are asking for greater solidarity from officials and the general public over a series of attacks against mosques.
The father of a man who alleges he was sexually abused by a senior Vatican cleric during a waterskiing outing has told an Australian court that he is insulted to be accused by a defense lawyer of lying.
France's gender equality minister says fighting violence against women isn't just a top priority for French President Emmanuel Macron — it's the top priority.
A Mexican human rights group says a Roman Catholic priest has been sentenced to 63 years in prison for abusing a boy.
The Vatican has admitted that it altered a photo sent to the media of a letter from retired Pope Benedict XVI about Pope Francis' theological background.
The conservative Indonesian province of Aceh known for publicly caning gays, adulterers and gamblers is considering the introduction of beheading as a punishment for murder.
The alleged victims of the most senior Vatican official ever charged in the Catholic Church sex abuse crisis have finished giving testimony to an Australian court.
Pope Francis has received an unlikely anniversary gift from his predecessor.
Pakistan's top court has indicted a minister in a contempt case for critical speeches he made after the court disqualified former prime minister Nawaz Sharif for concealing assets.
The surviving daughter of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. has had a private audience with Pope Francis at the Vatican.
In five years, the world has gotten to know Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the son of Italian immigrants to Argentina who was so self-deprecating that when he emerged on the loggia of St. Peter's Basilica on March 13, 2013, as Pope Francis, he quipped that his brother cardinals had to search to the "end of the Earth" to find a new leader.
The humble empathy and the ease with which he walks in others' shoes has won Pope Francis admirers around the globe and confirmed his place as a consummate champion of the poor and disenfranchised.
Thousands of people have marched in southern Macedonia to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the deportation and eventual death of almost the country's entire Jewish population.
At least 16 people were killed in Rwanda and 140 others injured when lightning struck a Seventh Day Adventist church in the country's south, said a provincial governor.
Pope Francis is visiting a Catholic organization that has mediated peace accords in Africa and helps Syrian refugees to reach Italy safely.
Pakistani police say they have arrested a man and his accomplice for throwing a shoe at former premier Nawaz Sharif in the eastern city of Lahore.
A Rwandan provincial governor says at least 16 people were killed and 140 others injured when lightning struck a Seventh Day Adventist church in the country's south.
Rights activists in Pakistan are expressing concern over a court ruling that would require people to declare their religion on all official documents, saying it could lead to the persecution of minorities, particularly adherents of the Ahmadi faith.
An Egyptian court has sentenced 10 people to death and five others to life in prison for forming a "terrorist cell" to plot attacks on security forces and other institutions.