Pope Francis has a new car. He's been seen driving it around the Vatican, and it's not the kind of bullet-proof Popemobile previous pontiffs used. This one is 20-year-old used Renault utility car with 170,000 miles on it that a priest donated to Francis.
Villagers in a tiny Spanish town carried a record number of coffins through the streets this summer. Pall bearers sweated under their heavy human loads. The humans in the coffins were sweating, too, because they're actually alive.
In Brazil, Pope Francis is starting his first foreign trip as leader of the Catholic Church. Many Brazilians are excited, but can Francis quell the numerous protests that have overrun the country in recent weeks?
Italian police have arrested a senior Catholic cleric, Monsignor Nunzio Scarano. He is accused of attempting to smuggle millions in cash into Italy for a family friend. Scarano is also a senior accountant in the Vatican's financial administration.
There's a region in Greece that's home to the "Holy Mountain." It's one of the holiest sites for Orthodox Christians. Anyone can visit, as long as they're male. Reporter Matthew Brunwasser spent four days in Mount Athos.
The Cannes Film Festival delivered its top prize to a lesbian romance, "Blue is the Warmest Color" by French-Tunisian director Abdellatif Kechiche. This past Sunday, about 150,000 people marched on the streets of Paris to protest the new gay-marriage law.
The two main suspects in the gruesome killing of British soldier Lee Rigby are Nigerian and at least one was raised by devout Christians. Michael Adebolajo, 28, converted to Islam and embraced a particular brand of extremism.
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