Roman Catholic Church
Nov 26, 2013 — The Rev. Kelvin Apurillo rode out Haiyan on the second floor of his parish church. Two-thirds of his parishioners are now dead, missing or have left, and he's struggling to make sense of the destruction. In the majority Roman Catholic country, the church has played a key role in relief efforts.
Nov 8, 2013 — The skulls, often collected from abandoned cemeteries, are blessed at chapel each year and revered as objects of devotion.
Oct 18, 2013 — In 1977, she moved into a 10-by-10-foot cell at Tijuana's notorious La Mesa penitentiary, where she came to be known as "La Mama" by the prisoners, whom she called her children.
Oct 3, 2013 — NPR's Rome-based senior European correspondent Sylvia Poggioli discussed topics ranging from Pope Francis and the Vatican and rising xenophobia in Europe to the one thing she wished more Americans knew about Europe and her favorite TV show (The Wire!) during her Reddit "Ask Me Anything" Thursday.
Oct 1, 2013 — As the pope begins a meeting with his Council of Cardinals, an Italian newspaper publishes a wide-ranging interview with him, in which the pontiff affirms separation of church and state and expounds on the nature of good and evil.
Mar 20, 2013 — The new pontiff has no real record of speaking out about sexual abuse cases, though one prominent priest under his leadership was convicted in 2009 in Buenos Aires.
Mar 19, 2013 — The new pope pledged to "embrace with tender affection the whole of humanity, especially the poorest, the weakest, the least important."
Mar 14, 2013 — The job is hard, she told an Argentine news station, and the world is also tough. She asked the world to pray for her brother.
Mar 14, 2013 — The Jesuits are the single-largest Catholic order, known for their dedication to education and devotion to the poor. But in the past, they have also proved controversial.
Mar 14, 2013 — The first pope from the New World must now confront some old problems. He's begun his first full day as head of the church by slipping out of the Vatican to visit an ancient basilica. There, he quietly prayed with priests.