July 24, 2013 Francis celebrated mass in the town of Aparecida, where he first cemented his place as a church leader in 2007. After a mob scene on Monday, however, the subtext of today's events was that of security.
July 24, 2013 Pope Francis is receiving a warm welcome in Brazil, the first major trip of his papacy. But the Catholic Church in Brazil is facing challenges from evangelical Christians. And recently, the church excommunicated a priest, Roberto Francisco Daniel, who has outspoken positions on sexual issues and has argued for change in the church.
July 23, 2013 U.S. baseball agents say it is increasingly common for smugglers to help Cuban baseball players make their way off the island. According to the agents, it's been going on since the 1990s and has picked up in recent years.
July 22, 2013 The use of landlines is falling everywhere. Many places in Africa have bypassed landlines entirely in favor of mobile phones. People all over the world are increasingly accessing the Internet on their cellphones.
July 22, 2013 In Brazil, evangelical Christians have made inroads into the Catholic community with innovations like drive-through prayer centers and massive outreach fairs featuring popular pastors and pop stars. In a nation long dominated by Catholics, about 22 percent of Brazilians now identify as evangelical.
July 21, 2013 The pontiff, the first Latin American head of the Church, will be making his first papal trip abroad to the world's most populous Catholic country.
July 19, 2013 One study finds that women who have been vaccinated against HPV are much less likely to have throat infections with the virus. Since the vaccine helps reduce risk of some cancers, scientists think it might turn out to be effective against throat cancers, too.