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We are called to communicate with mercy, Pope Francis said in his message for the 50th World Communications Day earlier this year. “In a broken, fragmented and polarized world, to communicate with mercy means to help create a healthy, free and fraternal closeness between the children of God and all our brothers and sisters in the one human family,” the Holy Father said.

It wasn’t just the most important meal of the day to fortify the hours ahead. It provided a livelihood for 90 young scholars.

Don’t call Candelario “Cande” de Leon a fundraiser. The newly appointed executive director of the Phoenix Diocese’s Office of Mission Advancement says he is a part of the evangelization effort of the Church.

At Catholic Cemeteries and Funeral Homes, it is our mission to serve families with compassion and care when they make final arrangements for their loved ones, as we have been doing for the past 100 years.

A pair of community colleges will also see some social work students earning a four-year degree on site too, courtesy of a partnership with College of St. Scholastica.

Peter Lemieux stepped into the breach more than 30 years ago and never looked back. His wife, Cynthia, has been beside him the whole way. That’s because decades before Bishop Olmsted issued his “Into the Breach” apostolic exhortation, Lemieux knew men needed training to become strong, spiritual husbands and fathers.

A Catholic priest who was kidnapped and tortured by terrorists in Iraq will speak in Phoenix May 3 in a bid to draw attention to the plight of the persecuted Church in his homeland. Fr. Douglas Bazi lives in Erbil, Iraq and cares for the tens of thousands of families chased out of their homes by ISIS. The Chaldean Catholic priest’s Phoenix visit is one of several U.S. stops he will make to share about the suffering of his people and to ask for assistance.

An array of negative emotions swirls behind the barbed wire, steel bars and cold concrete walls that surround jails and prisons across Arizona, but so does hope thanks to Catholic volunteers.

Infertility is often a quiet struggle, but one in which the Church reaches out in mercy to be a "very tender extension of Our Lord’s hands and heart."

St. Francis Xavier P.E. teacher Bry Lauck ran the Boston Marathon April 18 and beat her qualifying time by more than eight minutes.

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