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Growing up with a single mom on welfare in Brooklyn, Bridgette Cosentino’s childhood wasn’t easy. Though she was baptized Catholic and attended Catholic school, faith was not central to her life.

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Seton Catholic Preparatory went into lockdown mode last week, but it was all planned. The drill helped staff and students practice for the unthinkable and acted as a trial run of the high school's new, nationally-recognized crisis management system.

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Benedictine University at Mesa opens its second fall semester today to a student body that has more than doubled.

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Growing up in Chicago, Joseph Lange was Catholic from the beginning, attending 12 years of Catholic school and ultimately graduating from St. Francis College.

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As the heartrending images of Christians and Yezidis fleeing for their lives continue to pour in from Iraq, the Vatican called on Muslim leaders to condemn the “barbarity” and “unspeakable criminal acts” of Islamic State militants in Iraq.

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Thousands of students are settling in to new rules and classroom procedures this month. Yet for the 14,000 or so in 35 Catholic elementary and high schools across the Diocese of Phoenix, there’s something familiar that unites them.

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Valley Youth Theatre’s production of “West Side Story,” which runs through Aug. 24 at Herberger Theater, is also a Catholic school theater story of sorts.

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It’s hard to become a change agent within a 109-year-old organization, but Larry Becker just might have the insight and guidance of the Holy Spirit to do it.

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Citizens for a Pro-Life Society, Priests for Life and the Pro-Life Action League will be joining forces to co-sponsor the second annual National Day of Remembrance for the unborn Sept. 13.

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With the general election little more than 60 days away, those who want to be informed about their civic responsibilities as Catholics won’t want to miss the upcoming “Catholics in the Public Square” event in downtown Phoenix Sept. 6.

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