As executions resume, Bishop leads vigil to pray for end to death penalty

On May 10, as the state of Arizona prepared to carry out its first death sentence in nearly 9 years and with a second execution expected a month later, Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted of the Diocese of Phoenix reaffirmed the Catholic Church’s opposition to capital punishment, leading a prayer vigil at Ss. Simon & Jude Cathedral for an end to the practice.

Do not be afraid to vent to God, have faith in his justice, pope...

Pope Francis praised the way people have faced the trials and losses in their lives with a firmness of faith in God's promises and love.

Understanding Americans’ abortion views from poll results not always easy

How to make sense of Americans' attitudes toward abortion? It isn't easy. In polls, many respondents will give answers that contradict each other.

Holiness is possible and church provides tools to attain it, cardinal says

Holiness is possible, and the Catholic Church provides the tools for attaining it.

The Matthew 19:14 Project provides funds for special needs students in Phoenix Catholic schools

These are a few examples of the sentiments of recent mini grant award recipients around the Diocese of Phoenix Catholic schools. The Matthew 19:14 Project (TMP) is a 501c3 non-profit organization in existence since 2020.

Israeli police attack pallbearers at Palestinian journalist’s funeral

Israeli riot-control police attacked mourners and pallbearers as thousands came to pay their respects at the May 13 funeral of prominent Palestinian-American journalist Shereen Abu Akleh, who was killed in clashes between Israeli soldiers and Palestinian gunmen in Jenin, West Bank.

Biden administration defends giving migrant children baby formula

The White House said providing baby formula to migrants at the border, even as the country faces a shortage of it, is "morally the right thing to do."

Poverty driving children into forced labor must be tackled, pope says

Poverty and inequality, which are major factors in child labor exploitation, must be addressed, Pope Francis said in a written message.

Bishops express sorrow, condemn racially motivated shooting in Buffalo

Several U.S. Catholic bishops expressed sorrow and called out racism and gun violence after reports of a May 14 mass shooting in Buffalo, New York, that left at least three injured and 10 dead -- a crime authorities categorized as likely motivated by hatred for Black people.

Chaos, curfew after arrests in mob murder of student accused of blasphemy

Catholic churches in Sokoto suspended Masses May 15 as the governor imposed a 24-hour curfew to quell violence during protests against the arrest of young men for the May 12 murder of Deborah Yakubu.