Joyce Coronel

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Joyce Coronel is the interim managing editor of The Catholic Sun.

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Phoenix is more than 7,000 miles from Mosul. And yet as I sit and pray here in sunny Arizona, my heart turns to the beleaguered city in Iraq.

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Whether it’s a leather-bound, paperback or a Kindle edition, the Bible is probably one of the most widely read books of all time. An edition the Franciscan Renewal Center owns, however, is something most Christians have never beheld. Completed in 2011, the Saint John’s Bible was created completely by hand.

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Men who devote themselves entirely to serving the Church as priests don’t fall from the sky — they come from families.

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Bob DeRosa spent more than two decades as a New York City firefighter, rushing into people’s homes at their darkest hour. Since moving to Arizona and joining Holy Spirit parish 22 years ago, he’s found another way to rescue people.

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You’ve seen them: weathered faces lined with care, holding their cardboard signs by the side of the road, begging for help. You’re waiting for the light to turn green and try to avoid their stare. What to do?

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Years of study and prayerful reflection, bolstered by the loving support of family and friends, will culminate June 28 when Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted of the Diocese of Phoenix ordains three men to the priesthood.

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Plowing through a formidable stack of mail that accumulated while I was away last month, my eyes fell on a large envelope from Food for the Poor. Inside was a tabloid newspaper with a bold red headline: “Answering the Call.”

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Dioceses throughout the country will be highlighting the Catholic Church's religious freedom in service to the poor and vulnerable during this year's "Fortnight for Freedom."

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Mater Misericordiae Mission will honor the life of Fr. Kenneth Walker, F.S.S.P., with a special prayer event June 21 at Family Planning Associates in downtown Phoenix.

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Phoenix police announced hours before the requiem Mass for Fr. Kenneth Walker that they have a suspect in custody for the murder of Fr. Walker and assault on Fr. Terra.

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