About 1,000 people a month cross the border from Colombia into Ecuador, seeking refuge from armed violence.
Chaldean Catholic Archbishop Bashar Warda of Irbil, Iraq, placed his face in his hands when asked how his faith has been challenged, changed in the crisis he has helped manage.
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Azahy Ali Triana de la Peña began transitioning from man to woman in 2012. She feared how, or even if, she would be accepted in the Roman Catholic Church.
A Pakistani court has directed the Punjab provincial government and police to give the father of death row convict Asia Bibi prison visitation rights, a family lawyer said.
Italy reacted with disgust last week to the lavish funeral procession held for alleged Mafia boss Vittorio Casamonica, including a gilded horse-drawn carriage procession.
The increasingly radical Jewish militants who target Palestinians are the latest front in Israel’s struggle against terrorism.
Marking the 24th anniversary of Ukraine's independence, Pope Francis sent a letter to the nation's president and asked Catholics to join him in prayers for peace.
Ever since Pope Francis' visit to Cuba was announced, Cuban church officials have billed him as the "missionary of mercy."
And it's an important mission, some Cubans say, so that the country and its people -- living in and outside of Cuba -- can move forward. The pope's message of mercy is exactly what Cuba needs, some say.
"Cuba needs mercy because Cubans have been divided even inside Cuba, and Cubans have been divided even outside Cuba," said Eduardo Azcarate, born in Havana but who now lives in Falls Church, Va.
The U.S. trade embargo against Cuba turns 55 in October, and its effects are clear in the dilapidated buildings, scant food supply of Cuban stores and infrastructure around the island.
But what's not easy to see is the spiritual cost. Trinitarian Fr. Juan Molina, director of the U.S. bishops' Office for the Church in Latin America, said that spiritual cost has been great.