VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- To help bishops determine the credibility of alleged Marian apparitions, the Vatican has translated and published procedural rules from 1978 that had previously been available only in Latin. The "Norms regarding the manner of proceedings in...
On April 12, the Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Liberty of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) issued a document, "Our First, Most Cherished Liberty,” outlining the bishops’ concerns over threats to religious freedom, both at home and...
LOS ANGELES (CNS) -- More than 8,500 pages of material detailing claims of sexual abuse by a group of Franciscan priests and brothers in California were made public May 23. The release of the documents was one unfinished item of...
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (CNS) -- Nearly three-quarters of Americans in a Knights of Columbus-Marist poll said freedom of religion should be protected in this country, even if it conflicts with other laws. The survey of 1,606 U.S. adults was conducted...
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Addressing God as "Father" is an acknowledgement that God is the one who created, supports and guides humanity, Pope Benedict XVI said. "Maybe people today do not understand the beauty, greatness and deep consolation" that comes...
GENEVA (CNS) -- The Vatican praised national efforts to provide universal and affordable health care access and coverage, noting that policies based on the principles of equity, human rights and social justice ensure the best care for the most...
School ends for most Catholic campuses in the diocese this week. That hasn’t stopped many students from continuing to grow in the faith nor has it slowed down their achievements in academics, athletics or service. Take a look at what...
WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Masses at well-known basilicas in Baltimore and Washington will open and close the "fortnight for freedom," a special period of prayer, study, catechesis and public action proclaimed by the U.S. bishops for June 21 to July...
LOS ANGELES — As she shut off the garden hose and set it next to her recently planted flowers, Maria Meza greeted a visitor. "Yes, come in, everything's all wet, clean," she said with a smile. The 92-year-old said she likes...
Six of the  146 local confirmation and First Communion Masses scheduled this spring will get underway this week. Overall, more than 25,000 children participated in catechetical programs throughout the Phoenix Diocese this year. The Department of Family Catechesis noted these...