CAIRO, Egypt – Gunmen attacked a police checkpoint near an historic Orthodox Christian monastery in Egypt, killing one and wounding four.

STOCKHOML, Sweden – A Swedish midwife who refused to perform abortions has lost another court decision, but her supporters say the court neglected her freedom of conscience.

MINYA, Egypt – After two bomb attacks on worshippers at Coptic Orthodox churches on Sunday, the Coptic Orthodox Archdiocese of Minya has announced it will celebrate Easter without the typical festive accoutrements.

VATICAN CITY – A new initiative in Italy will allow blood donors to receive a free ticket to the Vatican Museums.

MANCHESTER, N.H. – Pope Francis has dismissed a New Hampshire priest from the clerical state, after the priest was convicted of stealing some $300,000 from the local diocese, a hospital and a deceased priest's estate.

GRAND-BASSAM, Côte d’Ivoire – The regional conference of West African bishops has commended a regional economic union for its efforts to promote peaceful transfers of power, while also noting areas of concern, including religious intolerance and youth unemployment.

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. – After two people were killed in a shooting at a classroom in a San Bernardino elementary school on Monday, the city held a prayer service for the victims and the school community at Our Lady of the Assumption.

CINCINNATI, Ohio – U.S. immigration authorities should show mercy on a detained Catholic mother with a special needs child, who fled Mexico when drug cartels began to persecute her family, the Archdiocese of Cincinnati said this week.

DENVER, Col. – On the fateful voyage that embarked from Southampton and never made it to New York City, a passenger on the RMS Titanic named Major Archibald Willingham Butt was tasked with a special mission.

BAMAKO, Mali – Four people have been arrested in Mali in connection with the February kidnapping of a nun who remains missing.