Centuries ago, historians came up with a classic theory to
explain the rise and decline of nations. The theory was that great
nations start out tough-minded and energetic. Toughness and energy
lead to wealth and power. Wealth and power lead to affluence and
luxury. Affluence and luxury lead …
SEOUL, South Korea — A Christian woman accused of distributing
the Bible, a book banned in communist North Korea, was publicly
executed last month for the crime, South Korean activists said
BELFAST, Northern Ireland — Masked and hooded Belfast Catholics
hurled gasoline bombs, fireworks and other makeshift weapons at
police Monday as the most bitterly divisive day on the Northern
Ireland calendar reached an ugly end.
LONDON — Northern Ireland achieved another important milestone
in peacemaking Saturday as the territory's two major Protestant
paramilitary groups announced their first acts of disarmament — and
pledged that their decades of slaughtering Catholic civilians were
over for good.
Salpointe Catholic High School will be seeking a new head of
school, as the Rev. Fredrick Tillotson steps down to move to
Washington, D.C., and run one of the largest Catholic graduate
schools of ministry.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky pastor is inviting his flock
to bring guns to church to celebrate the Fourth of July and the
The U.S. is a nation of religious drifters, with about half of
adults restlessly switching faith affiliation at least once during
their lives, a new survey has found.
DUBLIN — Ireland offered a potent symbolic concession Wednesday
to Northern Ireland's Protestant community: the right to bear Irish
passports that say "Londonderry" instead of "Derry."
LURGAN, Northern Ireland — Irish nationalist gangs hurled
gasoline bombs at police Saturday after three alleged IRA
dissidents were arrested on suspicion of killing two British
soldiers in an attack designed to trigger wider violence in
BANBRIDGE, Northern Ireland — Thousands of Protestants and
Catholics united with their political and security leaders Friday
at the funeral of a policeman — shot by IRA dissidents in what
mourners prayed would mark the end of Northern Ireland's
VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI has made an unusual public
acknowledgment of Vatican mistakes and turmoil in his church over
an outreach to ultraconservatives that led to his lifting the
excommunication of a Holocaust-denying bishop.