CRS Rice Bowl efforts sustain Lenten journey

Portrait of Norma Candelaria Pu Perpuac, 23, with her son Victor Adelson, 5, in their house in Chuizacasiguan village in Santa...

Polish cardinal, St. John Paul’s aide, defends pontiff’s record on abuse

WARSAW, Poland (CNS) — A close aide to St. John Paul II has vigorously defended the late pope’s handling of sexual abuse by Catholic clergy and denied accusations that he ignored the problem during his 27-year pontificate.

USCCB president leaves hospital, continues recovery in rehabilitation program

HOUSTON (CNS) — Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, has been discharged from St. Joseph Medical Center and “has entered a standard rehabilitation program” to continue his recovery from a mild stroke.

Eucharistic mission looks to strengthen faith in True Presence of Christ

Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted said he hopes the mission will “assist us to have an even deeper sense of awe and wonder at the love of Jesus present under the humble appearance of bread and wine."

Bishops say ‘sweeping regulations’ of Equality Act will harm U.S. society

WASHINGTON (CNS) — In a joint letter to Congress March 20, the chairmen of three committees of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said they oppose to the Equality Act because while it is meant to provide protections to those who identify as LGBT, it would impose “sweeping regulations to the detriment of society as a whole.”

Crosier brother known for ministry of hospitality dies at 77

Br. Gus William Schloesser, OSC, died at the Banner University Medical Center in Phoenix on March 2, at 77.

Crosier prior provincial who relocated order’s headquarters to Phoenix dies at 70

Fr. Thomas “Tom” Raymond Carkhuff, OSC, former prior provincial for the Crosiers in the U.S., died of lymphoma March 2 in Onamia, Minnesota, at the age of 70.

Catholic Education Arizona’s new leader has flair for business, heart for schools

“This is about valuing people, every day, and thinking about how we can add value to their lives. It could be a smile, listening or supportive encouragement and it all comes back to kindness which crosses all ages, cultures and backgrounds,” Padberg said.

Rite of Election puts hundreds on path to full communion as Catholics

It launches a final 40-day period of more intense preparation for the catechumens — now known as “the elect” — to receive the sacraments.

St. John Paul II High School girls complete historic run to title

AVONDALE — In its first year of existence, St. John Paul II Catholic High School, the far West Valley’s first Catholic high school, is already filling its trophy case.