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The Vatican has confirmed Pope Francis will preside over the Easter Vigil service on Saturday night. That is after he decided at the last minute to skip his participation in the Good Friday … more
Each Holy Week, thousands of residents of the colonial, volcano-fringed city of Antigua participate in some of Guatemala’s oldest and most popular Easter traditions. Some carry the block-long … more
After the 1959 revolution, Cuba repressed gay people and many were sent to labor camps. But the communist-run island has made strides in recent years when it comes to LGBTQ+ rights. A … more
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has dismissed a longtime aide and several advisers in a continuing reshuffle while Russia unleashed fresh attacks overnight. Zelenskyy dismissed top aide … more
Heavily armed police have cordoned off part of a Dutch town and say that multiple people are being held hostage in a building there. It is unclear how many people are being held. Earlier Saturday, … more
JERUSALEM (AP) — The United States has welcomed the formation of a new Palestinian autonomy government, signaling it is accepting the revised Cabinet lineup as a step toward Palestinian political … more
PROCIDA, Italy (AP) — Italy is known for the religious processions that take over towns big and small throughout the year when Catholic feast days are celebrated. But even in a country where public … more
A dramatic decision by Israel's Supreme Court on drafting ultra-Orthodox men into the Israeli military could spell political trouble for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The ruling Thursday calls … more
The Vatican says Pope Francis has skipped the traditional Good Friday procession at Rome’s Colosseum to protect his health, adding to concerns about his frail condition during a particularly busy … more
A new study says climate change is making giant heat waves crawl slower across the globe and they are baking more people for a longer time with higher temperatures over larger areas. Friday's study … more
Hundreds of Christians have joined the Good Friday procession in Jerusalem’s Old City, commemorating one of the faith’s most sacred days with noticeably thinner crowds amid the ongoing … more
Emergency workers in South Africa are searching for the bodies of victims after a bus carrying pilgrims to an Easter gathering plunged off a bridge and caught fire. An 8-year-old child was the only … more
A Filipino villager has been nailed to a wooden cross for the 35th time to reenact Jesus Christ’s suffering in a brutal Good Friday tradition. Carpenter and painter Ruben Enaje says this year he's … more
March 22-28, 2024 Lawyers file a lawsuit against the presidential election results in Indonesia, Thailand tries to help displaced people in Myanmar, and the Myanmar military holds the annual … more
A video showing a Lebanese nun asking young students to pray for the “men of the resistance,” a reference to Hezbollah fighters, has sparked controversy in Lebanon. The Lebanese Shiite militant … more
A mob in the Mexican tourist city of Taxco has brutally beat a woman to death because she was suspected of kidnapping and killing a young girl, rampaging just hours before the city's Holy Week … more
The Moscow concert hall attack a week ago that left more than 140 people dead was a major blunder for Russia’s law enforcement agencies. While the government register of terrorist and extremist … more
Authorities say a bus carrying worshippers headed to an Easter festival plunged off a bridge on a mountain pass and burst into flames in South Africa, killing at least 45 people. The only survivor of … more
March 21-28, 2024 From celebrations marking Holy Week to a volcano erupting in Iceland to cherry blossoms in Washington, this photo gallery highlights some of the most compelling images from … more
Israel’s Supreme Court has ordered an end to government subsidies for many ultra-Orthodox men who don't serve in the army. It's a blockbuster ruling that could have far-reaching consequences for … more
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