Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted and Auxiliary Bishop Eduardo A. Nevares are pictured here speaking at a March 23, 2012, rally in Phoenix in support of religious freedom. As part of a new five-part plan of prayer and penance, Bishop Olmsted asks for Catholics to participate in next year’s Fornight for Freedom, which would most likely include a similar rally. (J.D. Long-García/CATHOLIC SUN)
Pope Benedict XVI talks with former papal butler Paolo Gabriele during a private audience at the Vatican Dec. 22. The pope pardoned Gabriele, who was convicted in October of stealing and leaking sensitive documents from the Holy See. After meeting with t he pontiff, Gabriele was freed from prison and returned to his family, the Vatican said. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano via Reuters)