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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- North Korea fired five short-range projectiles into the sea on Monday, Seoul officials said, in a continuation of weapon launches it has carried out in an apparent response to ongoing South Korea-U.S. military drills it sees as a provocation....
A region-by-region look at what you might have missed last week and what you shouldn't miss next week, as the NCAA Tournament heads into the Sweet 16....
VRINDAVAN, India (AP) -- Aruna Samaddar threw fistfuls of colored powder into the air. Blue and red and green, the cheerful colors settled on her white sari and all over other women nearby....
(Vatican Radio)  Pope Francis has expressed his sadness for the tragic deaths of 13 international university students in a bus accident in northeastern Spain this past weekend and has assured the families of his “heartfelt” prayers. All of the victims were young women students on the Erasmus university exchange program.  They included seven from Italy, two Germans, an Austrian, a French woman, a Romanian and an Uzbekistani and ranged between 19 and 25 years old.The bus carrying 57 university students crashed Sunday near Freginals, halfway between the eastern coastal cities of Barcelona and Valencia. They were returning from a firework festival in Valencia.In a telegram to Bishop Benavent Enrique Vidal of Tortosa on behalf of the Holy Father, Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin said the Pope hopes that the injured will recover swiftly.Pope Francis, the message reads, wishes to express his closeness to the families who have suffered “irre...
(Vatican Radio)  Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican Secretary of State, on Sunday celebrated Mass to consecrate the ‘Dormition of the Mother of God’ Cathedral of the Bulgarian Catholic Apostolic Exarchate of Sofia.Cardinal Parolin is on an official state visit to the Republic of Bulgaria, and his trip also included a three-day stopover in Macedonia.At the conclusion of the Mass, Cardinal Parolin exhorted the Bulgarian Church to awareness of the universality of the Church. “We find ourselves in a church, intended as a structure in which the faithful gather together to pray and celebrate the liturgy. The community gathered here is not isolated but connected to all the other Christian communities in the world. We are therefore called to turn our eyes to the Church in its catholicity, that is, in its universality. When we are united in church, dear brothers and sisters, we can sense our belonging to this great Christian family which lives, works, and...
(Vatican Radio) So, you’ve packed your bags and you’ve booked your flight and hotel: you are coming to Rome on pilgrimage for the Jubilee Year of Mercy!  If you haven’t done so yet, you might want to consider bringing along a companion who knows Rome and the Vatican like the back of her hand: Joan Lewis.A 3 decade-long Rome resident and veteran Vatican watcher, she’s the Joan in ‘Joan Knows,’ Vatican Radio’s weekly program looking at the Pope’s activities and Vatican events.  Joan is also the Rome bureau chief for  EWTN, the prominent, U.S.-based Catholic Radio and Television.Her new book, “A Holy Year in Rome: the Complete Pilgrim’s Guide for the Jubilee of Mercy” (Sophia Institute Press) promises a lot, and it delivers.Joan sat down with Vatican Radio’s Tracey McClure and tells us what she hoped to achieve in writing this guide for pilgrims to Rome. Listen to hear more about Joan's ne...
(Vatican Radio)  Aviation experts have begun examining damaged black boxes containing crucial data from the FlyDubai flight that crashed amid high winds at the airport in the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don, killing 62 people. Pope Francis on Sunday sent a telegramme expressing his sincere condolences to the relatives and friends of those killed in the crash.Listen to Stefan Bos' report: Rescue teams have been replaced by investigators at the site of the plane crash to carry out an apparently difficult investigation. Nearby are children’s toys in tribute to four children who were among 62 people who lost their lives in the tragedy.“It makes your heart sink,” said one woman arriving with flowers at the memorial site. “We knew many people (on the flight), that’s why we all came here. We worked with them.”Yet experts say finding answers will be difficult amid reports that the flight recorders may take a month to decode. Russia&...
(Vatican Radio)  During his Palm Sunday homily, Pope Francis remembered the world’s many marginalized people, displaced persons, and refugees, lamenting the fact that no one wants to take responsibility for their fate.His remarks came on the same day a deal between the EU and Turkey to tackle the migrant crisis formally came into effect. Many migrants stranded in Greece are facing deportation back to Turkey under the deal.Listen to John Carr's report: Greece began the laborious process of removing several thousand Middle Eastern refugees and migrants from the East Aegean islands today and shipping them to the mainland, to a still-uncertain future.The move comes in the wake of Friday’s agreement between the European Union and Turkey, designed to stanch the unceasing flow of migrants from Turkey.  But with the migrants huddled together in Greek camps now numbering close to 50,000, nothing has been said about where they are going to go.There is growing ...
(Vatican Radio)  The lawyer of the suspected mastermind behind last year's deadly terror attacks in Paris says he will take legal action against a French prosecutor for breaching the confidentiality of the investigation into the November 13 violence that killed 130 people and several terrorists.Listen to Stefan Bos' report: Lawyer Sven Mary's announcement came as France send more troops to its borders amid fears of more terror attacks in the country and other European nations.Mary expressed outrage that French prosecutor Francois Molins expressed details about his client, who was detained in Brussels Friday.Prosecutor Molins told reporters that Abdeslam abandoned his suicide vest the night of November 13 after he drove other attackers to Paris.Speaking about the November 13 attacks, Prosecutor Molins said, "Salah Abdeslam has confirmed to Belgian investigators" during Saturday's interrogations "that he planned to be a suicide bomber at...
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A federal judge has asked the Obama administration to shield from public disclosure court records related to the once-secret criminal history of a former Donald Trump business partner....
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