Roman Catholic Church
Feb 26, 2014 — It's been one year since Pope Benedict XVI stepped down. Now, he has publicly called speculation that he might not have resigned willingly "simply absurd."
Feb 22, 2014 — The pontiff and his predecessor appeared at St. Peter's Basilica for a ceremony to anoint 19 new Roman Catholic cardinals.
Jan 13, 2014 — Francis, who has been criticized by some conservative Catholics for not speaking out forcefully against abortion, said the practice is "horrific."
Jan 2, 2014 — The say the body of the Rev. Eric Freed, found in the rectory of St. Bernard Church in Eureka on New Year's Day, showed signs of a struggle.
Dec 24, 2013 — Delivering his first Christmas homily, Francis emphasizes that the church must be of service to those in need.
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.