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Diocese of Phoenix statement on death of John ‘Jack’ D. Spaulding

The Diocese of Phoenix has learned that John “Jack” D. Spaulding died Feb. 25.

Pope recognizes miracle in sainthood cause of young tech whiz

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis formally recognized a miracle attributed to the intercession of Carlo Acutis, a 15-year-old Italian teenager who the pope has said is a role model for young men and women today.

Fla. diocese declares Safe Haven Sunday to focus on harms of pornography, online exposure

Statistics show that about 30% of people are exposed to pornography before age 12 and states have passed laws declaring it a public health risk.

U.S. Eastern Catholic bishops thank pope for lifting ban on married priests

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis “is a father who knows very well his daughters and sons,” including those who belong to the Eastern Catholic Churches, said the Armenian Catholic bishop of the United States and Canada.

Eastern Catholic Churches are one in faith, says U.S. Syro-Malabar bishop

ROME (CNS) — While the Eastern Catholic Churches have different liturgies that highlight centuries-old cultural and religious traditions, they all remain united in their commitment to serve Christ and his Church, said Bishop Jacob Angadiath of the Syro-Malabar Catholic Eparchy of St. Thomas of Chicago.

Vietnamese priest serves villagers quarantined for coronavirus

The government sealed off the 10,600-member commune 27 miles from Hanoi for 20 days Feb. 13 due to fears over the spread of the COVID-19 strain. There were five confirmed patients Feb. 19.

New books offer spiritual nourishment during Lent, Easter season

18 books for you to consider ordering, buying from your parish gift shop or checking out from the diocesan Kino Library.

Catholics ‘unfriend’ social media, choose ‘digital detox’ for Lent

Lenten sacrifices aim to bring you closer to God, "something that helps lessen all the distraction and noise. And certainly social media is a lot of distractions and noise," a Maryland priest said.

Videos are new component to bishops’ ‘Faithful Citizenship’ guide

In four distinct languages, the videos explore Catholic social teaching and examine participation in public life to make the bishops' teaching more accessible.