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Philippines vows to ‘crush’ attackers after fatal church bombings

President Rodrigo Duterte and his top security officials are scheduled to visit the southern Philippines where twin bomb blasts at a Roman Catholic cathedral during a church killed at least 20 people and wounded scores. Sunday's attack on Jolo island, in the country's restive south, came six days after a referendum on expanded autonomy for…

Pro-Russian clerics resist official pressure to join new church

Kyiv, Ukraine - "It wasn't a search, it was a sacrilege," Father Anatoly Kaplyuk said, describing how police and intelligence officers interrupted service in his church in the northern Ukrainian town of Ovruch. In early December, they entered the building that belongs to Moscow-affiliated Orthodox Church, one of Ukraine's largest religious groups, to look for…

Meghan and Kate are side by side at royals’ traditional Christmas...

CLOSE The British royal family's Christmas cards have two new additions this year. USA TODAYDuchess Meghan and Prince Harry attend Christmas Day Church service in England Tuesday.(Photo: Samir Hussein, Samir Hussein/WireImage)Christmas is a royal affair in England. Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan celebrated their first wintertime holiday as a married couple alongside Prince William and Duchess Kate.The…

Can Pope Francis end abuse of children in Catholic Church?

The Roman Catholic Church is the largest and one of the oldest religious institutions in the world.  But it's facing some of its biggest scandals and criticism in recent history. Pope Francis, who leads the world's 1.3 billion Catholics, is under pressure to strongly act against child abuse by priests and the cover-up by church…

Grand jury: More than 300 ‘predator priests’ in Pennsylvania protected by...

A grand jury's report on sexual abuse by hundreds of Catholic priests in Pennsylvania is expected to be released later Tuesday.(Photo: Claudio Reyes, AFP/Getty Images)More than 300 "predator priests" in six Roman Catholic dioceses across Pennsylvania were protected by church leaders more interested in safeguarding the church and the abusers than tending to their victims, a…

A bride wades through a flooded church on her wedding day

Love conquers all — and that includes storms. Jobel Delos Angeles didn't let heavy rain and flooding interfere with her wedding to her partner of seven years and father of her two children on Saturday. Instead, Jobel and her husband Jeff embraced it.  The Philippines is currently in the midst of Monsoon season, bringing heavy…
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