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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Five years after leaving his native country of Congo, Celestin and his family of eight arrived in Arizona July 24 as refugees. Two months later the former secondary school teacher was still without a job.

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The sounds of native drumming and the sight of groups of matachin dancers performing in their Aztec inspired and regional costumes greeted the thousands of faithful as they arrived at the Phoenix Convention Center for the 38th Annual Arizona Rosary Celebration Oct. 13.

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Find photos that fellow seminarians and others took during an Oct. 3 diaconate ordination. Some 41 men, including Phoenix's Kevin Grimditch, were ordained deacons and will continue another year of formation for the priesthood. Grimditch joins transitional Deacons Keith Kenny and Scott Sperry as Phoenix's candidates for priestly ordination in June.

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TEMPE — Catholics and others committed to the pro-life cause gathered at more than 100 gravesites and memorial sites for the first National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children Sept. 14.

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Students at Bourgade Catholic High School finally have access to one of the oldest buildings on campus — the Hillmann Center— and they have a new hall to go with it. The project also revamped the chapel in a neighboring structure.

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Members of a group known as Death Penalty Alternatives for Arizona helped organize a legislative summit Sept. 13 at the Arizona State Senate. Eight speakers — including Auxiliary Bishop Eduardo A. Nevares — addressed a crowded hearing room regarding both the costs and the justice of the death penalty.

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