In the summer of 2013, beachgoers in Sicily found a boat full of migrants that had crashed. As news spread, one group knew what to do.
More than 1,000 people watched as Uganda-born Archbishop of York John Sentamu, laid hands on the Rev. Libby Lane on Monday, making her the eighth bishop of Stockport and the first woman bishop in the Church of England.
A large choir sang as bishops from all over the world watched the historic ceremony described by Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby as "a completely new phrase in our existence."
Her husband, an ordained priest, too, watched from the sidelines.
The people of Greece have rejected the politics of austerity.
Over the weekend, the left-wing Syriza party took 36 percent of vote in national elections, beating the current governing center-right New Democracy party by 9 points. The win breaks the stranglehold of austerity on both Greek and European politics.
Leading Filipino Catholics welcome pronouncements Pope Francis made on contraception, family and marriage when he met with thousands of families in Manila Jan. 16.
Francis reiterated at the Manila meeting the church's teaching on human life, marriage and family promulgated by Pope Paul VI in his 1968 encyclical Humanae Vitae.
At the same time, the pope "offered leeway" for particular cases where the ban on artificial contraception may not apply, noted Benedictine Sr. Mary John Mananzan.
Pope Francis deeply touched the many Filipinos who came in droves to see the pope who loves children and poor people and embraces the sick and suffering.
The Doomsday Clock, a symbol that conveys "how close we are to destroying our civilization with dangerous technologies of our own making," has moved from five minutes to three minutes before midnight.
The announcement was made Thursday by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, a group founded in 1945 by University of Chicago scientists who helped develop the first atomic weapons in the Manhattan Project.
Boko Haram, with its chilling brutality, radical Islamic ideology and unstoppable seizure of Nigerian territory is quickly emerging as the Islamic State of Africa.
While much of the world has focused on the terror attacks in Paris and the Islamic militants' capture of swaths of Syria and Iraq, Boko Haram has gone on a bloody rampage through northeastern Nigeria.
While the attacks on the satirical Charlie Hebdo weekly magazine and a Jewish supermarket brought a show of solidarity from around the world, they also raised urgent questions.
A centrist, Robert White argued for a negotiated -- not military -- solution to the civil war beginning to ravage El Salvador.
Book review: Deep Down Dark presents a profound, sensitive examination of how otherwise ordinary working men respond to a crisis.