Marking the 100-year anniversary of the dedication of St. Mary’s Basilica, the faithful gathered for a colorful celebration Feb. 11.

Every child deserves a safe place, whether it's in a parent's arms or a home. Children and young adults who are refugees don't readily have such luxuries.

A look back at how the Catholic faithful celebrated Holy Week and the Easter Vigil.

Some 1,500 men left the recent Catholic Men’s Conference affirmed in their brotherhood. The seventh annual gathering, hosted by Catholic Men’s Fellowship of Phoenix, was one of three diocesan men’s conferences held across the United States March 22.

As Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, the future pope dragged the hidden problem of human slavery into broad daylight via open-air Masses for and with victims of human trafficking. Now, as pope, he's calling it "a crime against humanity" and decrying the world's indifference.

The Arizona artist who painted an exterior mural of the Last Supper at Blessed Sacrament Parish in Tolleson roughly 20 years ago returned during Holy Week to offer touch ups. The heat and sun faded the original work, which students in the parish's first reconciliation class also helped paint.

Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted blessed the holy oils at the Chrism Mass April 14 that parishes throughout the Diocese of Phoenix will use to baptize and confirm people in the faith during the Easter Vigil and all year long.

"The perfect family doesn't exist, nor is there a perfect husband or a perfect wife, and let's not talk about the perfect mother-in-law!" Pope Francis said to laughter and applause.

A church hall sounded more like Carnegie Hall Jan. 23 when a renowned pianist and violist performed for students at Most Holy Trinity. The concert also marked the first performance featuring a newly donated grand piano.

Maggie's Place, a network of homes for pregnant women, doubled its office space by relocating to a permanent location Jan. 15


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