Two new priests for Diocese of Phoenix Catholics

On the weekend the Church celebrated the Feast of the Ascension, two men embraced their unique calling to point others heavenward, too.

Audit report released; bishops urged to renew vigilance ‘each day’

It cites adults who came forward with 1,455 allegations.

Freedom, mercy are lasting legacy of martyred bishops, pope says

BLAJ, Romania (CNS) — The memory and witness of Romania’s martyred bishops are a reminder that Christians are called to stand firm against ideologies that seek to stifle and suppress their cultural and religious traditions, Pope Francis said.

At Mass, Pope Francis remembers ‘hopeful’ witness of Romanian Catholics

BUCHAREST, Romania (CNS) — In his first Mass in Romania, Pope Francis recalled the witness of countless Catholics in the country who held on to hope and trusted God amid persecution.

Former priest wanted on abuse charges in Arizona arrested in Italy

ROME (CNS) — Italian police arrested former U.S. Salvatorian Father Joseph J. Henn 13 years after Italy’s highest court confirmed his extradition to the United States to face allegations of child sexual abuse in Maricopa County.

Catholics, Orthodox must unite against ‘culture of hate,’ pope says

BUCHAREST, Romania (CNS) — In an increasingly globalized world where technological and economic developments have both benefited and excluded many, the Catholic and Orthodox Churches must learn to listen to each other and walk together, Pope Francis said.

Louisiana’s Democratic governor signs pro-life ‘heartbeat bill’

BATON ROUGE, La. (CNS) — Louisiana’s Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards, a Catholic, said he will sign into law a measure that makes nearly all abortions illegal in the state once the fetal heartbeat is detected, which could be as early as six weeks.

Clergy and religious immigration to U.S. continues sans headlines

The Catholic Legal Immigration Network has a hand in about 800 cases each year, with close to 5,000 people from all denominations coming annually as "religious workers."

Pope Francis denies knowing of allegations against McCarrick

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Nearly a year later, Pope Francis denied claims made by a former apostolic nuncio to the United States who accused him and other Church officials of failing to act on accusations of abuse of conscience and power by former Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick.

Nazareth House to form seminarians locally

Men discerning the priesthood for the Diocese of Phoenix will now spend a significant portion of their formation locally.