In Catholic understanding, Jesus gave his disciples the power to forgive sins.
Following the sexual abuse scandals, there is a push to force the Catholic Church to compromise the confidentiality of the confessional. A Catholic scholar explains why confession is so important.
Russian President Vladimir Putin on holiday to celebrate his birthday in the Siberian taiga on Oct. 7.
Sputnik/Alexei Druzhinin/Kremlin via Reuters
The pro-Kremlin Russian political and media establishment have grown increasingly skilled at spinning stories to highlight US political weaknesses.
A procession of Christian girls, venerating the Cross, in the village of Qanat Bekish, Lebanon.
AP Photo/Hussein Malla
Many Catholics and some Christians celebrate the Feast of the Holy Cross during the fall. A scholar revisits the history of the cross, how it became a symbol of divine love, but also of violence.
A new Trump ruling will prohibit virtually all Central American migrants from seeking asylum in the United States.
AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell
Scripture strongly and unequivocally affirms the obligation to treat strangers with dignity and hospitality, says a Christian scholar who turns to the Bible for guidance on Trump's immigration policy.
JFK shaking hands with one of the first Peace Corps volunteers in 1961.
P Photo/William J. Smith
No matter how well-intentioned, volunteers who may be inexperienced can't solve the entrenched and complex social problems low-income communities endure.
The Trump administration has declared Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, a government security agency, to be ‘terrorists.’
A terrorism expert exposes the quirks, inconsistencies and foreign policy strategy behind the State Department's terrorist watchlist.
Sri Lankan army soldiers secure the area around St. Anthony’s Shrine after a blast in Colombo.
AP Photo/ Rohan Karunarathne
Suicide bombers struck Sri Lanka's churches and hotels on Easter Sunday, killing and injuring hundreds of people. Seven percent of Sri Lanka's population is Christian – most of them Roman Catholics.
Cars pass the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, March 25, 2019.
Russian media outlets are holding up the Mueller report as another example of American dysfunction, with President Trump a symptom of larger problems rather than the man who might solve them.
Pope Pius XII.
The Vatican will open its archives on Pope Pius XII next year. An expert explains the papacy of Pope Pius XII and the fear of communism confronting much of the Western world at the time.
Cardinal Pell is the most senior Catholic cleric to be charged with child sex abuse.
AP Photo/Andy Brownbill
While Pope Francis has publicly acknowledged sexual abuse by clergy, the hierarchical structure of the Catholic Church still makes it difficult to report and address cases of abuse.
Theodore McCarrick, retired archbishop of Washington D.C., prays during the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in 2011.
AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File
In the Catholic understanding, priesthood is not simply a job that a someone can be fired from. Ordination is a deeply spiritual ceremony that is believed to transfer the power of the Holy Spirit.
Missionary nuns in a Congolese military camp in 1960.
AP Photo/Horst Faas
The term refers to passages in the Christian gospels, in which Jesus urges his apostles to make 'disciples of all nations.' Later, it became a prime motivator of missionary efforts.
Listening to friends who are grieving can be more important than saying something.
For many who know someone who has lost a loved one, it can be hard to know what to say or how to respond. For those who have lost a loved one, the silence can be deafening. Some things to keep in mind.
El Papa Francisco dijo que la pena de muerte no puede ser aprobada porque ‘ataca’ la dignidad inherente de todo ser humano.
AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, file
El Papa Francisco asegura que la pena de muerte viola la dignidad de la persona. Esto podría profundizar un debate entre cristianos que sustentan diferentes opiniones.
Pope Francis said the death penalty, can never be sanctioned because it ‘attacks’ the inherent dignity of all humans.
AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, file
Pope Francis has said that death penalty violates the dignity of a person. But, this might just deepen the debate among Christians, who for a long time have been divided over the issue.
Daerah kumuh di Petare di Caracas.
Populasi global terus meningkat dengan pesat. Apa artinya bagi generasi masa depan?
La población mundial crece cada vez más rápido. ¿Qué consecuencias tendrá para las futuras generaciones?
In 2014, in, a small town in northern Israel, Christian worshippers gathered next to a statue of the Virgin Mary, that they said ‘weeps’ oil.
AP Photo/Ariel Schalit
Throughout Catholic history, miracles have been attributed to Virgin Mary's power. She is understood to cry not only over the sins of the world, but over the pain she experienced in her earthly life.
Illustration of Dante’s Paradiso.
Giovanni di Paolo
Different cultural groups respond with numerous, often conflicting, answers to questions about life after death. An expert explains the Christian idea of heaven.
Russian-government backed show Comedy Club’s Trump and Putin impersonators.
Donald Trump's coziness with Vladimir Putin and his antagonism toward Europe is making the Russian leader look good to his countrymen and former adversaries across Europe. And Trump is looking bad.