NEWS BRIEF: Arizona State Knights of Columbus Hold Annual Convention

The Arizona State Knights of Columbus concluded their 116th Annual State Convention this past weekend in Scottsdale, Ariz., with over 150 delegates representing local councils from around the state.  Over 10 communities were represented, including Yuma, Bullhead City, Flagstaff, Sierra Vista, Show Low, Tucson, and the Phoenix area.

From the Friendly Skies to heavenly servant: Franciscan becomes a priest at the Casa

About a half dozen individuals, including family, friends and Franciscan colleagues were asked to describe Father James Seiffert, OFM, prior to his ordination to the priesthood Friday at the Franciscan Renewal Center’s Our Lady of the Angels Church.

Pope issues new ‘fundamental law’ for Vatican City State

Pope Francis updated the "Fundamental Law of Vatican City State," opening the possibility that laypeople can be members of its governing commission and emphasizing that the independence of the city-state is essential for the mission of the Holy See.

Holy Spirit defends, consoles those who call on his help, pope says

The Holy Spirit consoles, defends and tenderly corrects those who turn to and listen to him, Pope Francis said.

Vatican neutrality is a force for peace, pope tells ambassadors

In encouraging the peaceful resolution of conflicts and in promoting the common good on the international stage, the Vatican embraces a strategy of "positive neutrality," which allows it to dialogue with all sides, Pope Francis said.

Women are exploited in political disputes, cultural ideologies, pope says

Peace is urgently needed in today's world, and women should be more greatly appreciated, Pope Francis told hundreds of Catholic women.

Pope, Ukrainian leader talk about humanitarian situation provoked by war

After literally hundreds of public prayers for peace in Ukraine and 443 days after Russia launched an all-out war on the Eastern European country, Pope Francis welcomed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to the Vatican.

It’s unfair, humiliating if only the rich can build a family, pope says

Starting a family and having children has become a kind of herculean task when instead it should be valued and supported by everyone, Pope Francis said at a meeting in Rome on Italy's severe decline in population growth.

Charity must be backed by faith, pope tells Caritas delegates

The Catholic Church's charitable mission must share the Gospel message of unity, justice and peace or risk becoming "merely a semblance of goodness," Pope Francis said.

United in prayer: Pope adds Coptic Orthodox martyrs to Catholic calendar

Pope Francis has continued his predecessors' serious commitment to ecumenical dialogue, but he also makes ecumenical gestures that underline that seriousness.