Francis says it would have been wrong for him to want to be pope

VATICAN CITY, June 7 (UPI) -- Pope Francis told a group of students visiting the Vatican Friday he never wanted to be the head of the Catholic Church because it's wrong to want the job.

'Jesus Christ Superstar' closing on B'way

NEW YORK, June 19 (UPI) -- The producers of the Broadway production of "Jesus Christ Superstar" said Tuesday the musical will close July 1 unless ticket sales improve.
Pope: Jews not to blame for crucifixion

Pope: Jews not to blame for crucifixion

VATICAN CITY, March 2 (UPI) -- Pope Benedict XVI, in a new book on the last days of Jesus Christ, says the Gospels should not be interpreted as blaming the Jewish people for his crucifixion.

Holy Stairs in Rome refurbished

ROME, June 14 (UPI) -- One of the Catholic Church's holiest relics in Rome, the Santa Scala or Holy Stairs, have been cleaned and restored.

Lightning silences Giuliani

WASHINGTON, June 6 (UPI) -- Republican presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani was silenced temporarily by a lightning strike in Washington after being questioned about his religion.

Rock musical actor Alan Martin dies

CRESTLINE, Calif., May 30 (UPI) -- Veteran stage actor Alan Martin, who starred in several rock musicals in West Coast productions, has died in Crestline, Calif., at the age of 62.

Italian judge rejects life-support removal

ROME, Dec. 16 (UPI) -- An Italian judge has rejected a request by a terminally ill man to let doctors turn off his life-support machine, saying the case was beyond his jurisdiction.

Black plays Herod in 'Superstar' benefit

HOLLYWOOD, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- Actor Jack Black, lead singer of the Tenacious D band, will play King Herod alongside original stars of "Jesus Christ Superstar" in a Hollywood benefit.

Negotiations with BA caterer break down

LONDON, Aug. 16 (UPI) -- Talks between British Airways' contract caterer and the union representing its workers at London's Heathrow Airport have stalled over rehiring employees.

Color-blind Passion play in Kentucky

NICHOLASVILLE, Ky., March 31 (UPI) -- Churches in Nicholasville, Ky., have joined together to diversify the race of the actor portraying Jesus in the annual Easter Passion play.

Ebert and Roeper thumbs up on 'Passion'

BURBANK, Calif., Feb. 21 (UPI) -- Film critics Roger Ebert and Richard Roeper will air an exclusive early review of Mel Gibson's film "The Passion of the Christ" before its U.S. opening.

Jason Raize, 'Lion King's' Simba, dies

YASS, Australia, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- Actor and singer Jason Raize, who played Simba in the original Broadway production of "The Lion King," has died in Yass, Australia. He was 28.
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