The 115 cardinal-electors of the 1.2 billion-member Roman Catholic Church, meeting in conclave for the second day on March 13, elected Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, archbishop of Buenos Aires, Argentina, to become the church’s 266th pope.
A new policy approved by the Chicago Public Schools will require students to participate in sex education instruction, beginning in kindergarten.
An Egyptian human rights organization said that an Egyptian Coptic Christian who died while being detained by Libyan Islamists was tortured to death.
Arkansas lawmakers have overridden Governor Mike Beebe's veto of legislation banning most abortions after the 12th week of pregnancy — giving the state the most restrictive abortion law in the nation.
A Florida college shut down an informal dorm Bible study led by InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, the same group the school booted off campus in late February for running afoul of its non-discrimination policy.
A Mennonite pastor convicted of helping a woman flee the country with her daughter to keep the little girl from being handed over to the woman's former lesbian partner has been sentenced to 27 months in prison.
Christian organizations have raised an alarm over Saudi Arabia's continued persecution and imprisonment of Christians worshipping privately in their homes.
Iceland's proposed ban on hard-core Internet pornography has some Americans wondering what's holding up enforcement of a similar U.S. ban.
With the end of the pontificate of Pope Benedict XVI rapidly approaching, Vatican spokesmen on February 23 vehemently refuted reports originating in the Italian media that presented highly negative descriptions of the Holy See’s central administrative apparatus, known as the Curia. An Italian newspaper suggested that the pope had resigned soon after being presented with a dossier that revealed a network of Vatican priests, "united by sexual orientation," who were being blackmailed.
Puerto Rico's supreme court has upheld a ban on adoptions by same-sex couples, as the majority of the island's residents are showing their opposition to same-sex marriage.