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An outdoor life-size statue of St. John Paul II greets visitors at St. Bernard of Clairvaux in Scottsdale.

Two seventh-graders earned top honors at the diocesan science fair and advanced to the Arizona Science and Engineering Fair April 7 where they competed among 1,200 other young scientists in several categories. One picked up an award there too.

The annual celebration of Easter reminds us, as Catholic Christians, that even when facing the reality of death, the Resurrection of Jesus is the foundation upon which the virtue of hope finds its perfect expression. Within each of us the Holy Spirit inspires an aspiration for happiness that extends beyond the limitation of our life on earth. It is the promise of eternal life in the Kingdom of Heaven that gives meaning to the purpose of human existence. As Jesus died and rose on the third day, we are heirs of His promise that eternal life is the destiny for which we hope.

TONOPAH — After 10 years in Arizona of living out their charism of praying in Adoration, the Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration, affectionately known as the “Desert Nuns,” now have an autonomous monastery within the Diocese of Phoenix.

She is one of seven scholarship recipients the Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame Society will honor April 9.

The Xavier Gators were already up to bat and the bulldog from St. John Bosco is on deck for on-field recognition this season.


The Catholic faith is a universal one with a multitude of cultures uniting for this video. A similar melting pot is expected at Phoenix's April 16 Cultural Diversity Mass.


Friday night and Saturday classes for nine months at Benedictine University in Mesa can turn adult students into financial planners ready for certification.

The jamboree is a four-pronged partnership among a university, a diocese, a monastery and an abbey.


One click, two videos: first a homily found in the Office of Readings for Holy Saturday on the salvific action of Jesus and then a modern reflection on questioning Holy Saturday.


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