Priest says hitching ride on popemobile was invite to hit road for God

When Father Fabian Baez booked his trip to Rome, he didn't have an appointment to meet with the pope, so he gave himself ample time in the Eternal City to be able to arrange some way to see him.

Sacred oils blessed, priests renew vows at annual Chrism Mass [Updated]

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.

Catholic fraternity charters state’s first full-fledged chapter

A group of 34 young men at Arizona State University signed themselves up to become its founding members.

Catholicism in Japan: Past and present

Fr. Callistus Sweeney, OFM is thin and ascetic looking. His easy laughter is surprising if you didn’t realize Christian asceticism includes good humor. We talked after the 8 a.m. English Mass at the Franciscan Chapel Center in Tokyo.

Women’s Conference speakers show importance of walking in faith

More than 600 Catholic women from across the diocese drove, carpooled or chartered a bus to get to the daylong diocesan Women's Conference March 16 at St. Bernard of Clairvaux Parish.

Bishops warn against changes in immigration bill that could kill it

Three bishops weighed in on the ongoing congressional debate on immigration reform legislation June 10, warning against amending a Senate bill in ways that would block the path to legalization for undocumented immigrants, but urged support for its passage.

Hundreds express desire to become Catholic at Rite of Election

Becoming Catholic doesn’t mean that life’s battles will cease. The newly baptized and confirmed will have some strong partners on their side though.

National Bank of Arizona announces $250,000 gift-match for scholarships

National Bank of Arizona will offer $250,000 in corporate matching gifts to leverage an additional quarter million in individual tax credit gifts to benefit low-income Catholic school students.

Conference-Goers Encouraged to ‘Do What Love Requires’

SCOTTSDALE — Fr. Don Calloway, MIC had a message for the more than 1,100 people who packed into the DoubleTree Resort Aug. 21-23 for a three-day Marian Conference. “We need Our Lady in a big way, probably more than we’ve ever needed her before.” He referred to “so-called gay marriage” and the series of recent videos casting light on the trafficking of unborn body parts by employees of Planned Parenthood, calling the organization “a bastion of evil, it is a place of darkness and death.” He also praised the effort that saw over 300 protests earlier that morning against Planned Parenthood.

Baltimore archbishop promotes religious liberty among Catholic business leaders

Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore brought his message of religious liberty to a group yearning to hear it: Catholic business leaders and their spouses.