NEWS BRIEF: Bishop Dolan hosts Phoenix presbyteral council for the first time

Bishop John Dolan held his first presbyteral council meeting today at the Diocesan Pastoral Center in downtown Phoenix.

Fierce persecution around the globe aims to destroy Christianity

"Without the Eucharist, Christians in Iraq cannot survive." These were the words uttered by Fr. Ragheed Ganni, a young Chaldean Catholic priest martyred in Mosul, Iraq, alongside three subdeacons in 2007. With his cause for beatification open, Fr. Ganni may soon be among those the Church calls “blessed.”

Updated data showing faith can aid in recovery prompts support, skepticism

An updated version of a 2019 paper that cites the presence of religious belief as an aid in recovery, particularly from mental health and substance abuse issues, has met with both support and skepticism.

Arizona judge rules 1864 law banning nearly all abortions can take effect

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich praised Pima County Superior Court Judge Kellie Johnson for ruling Sept. 23 that a state law prohibiting nearly all abortions can take effect.

Pope encourages young Catholics to use ‘creative courage’ to evangelize

Pope Francis encouraged young Catholics to take an active role -- not be spectators -- in the church's mission.

Seek silence amid noisy world, pope tells Capuchin sisters

The humility of silence can help Christians sift through the loud and divisive noise in the world in order to listen to and discern God's will, Pope Francis told a group of Capuchin sisters.

Jesus, present in the Eucharist, inspires compassion, sharing, pope says

One cannot love and worship the Eucharist without compassion for the poor and marginalized, Pope Francis said at a Mass concluding Italy's eucharistic congress.

Welcome, support, accompany all migrants, pope says

Marking the World Day of Migrants and Refugees, Pope Francis called on everyone to work together to build a more inclusive and fraternal future.

Help the poor and the planet, pope tells young economists, entrepreneurs

Acknowledging how young people have been given a world marked by inequality, injustice, war and environmental degradation, Pope Francis urged those looking for solutions to be concrete, to involve the poor, to care for the Earth and to create jobs.

Lori: After Roe, Catholics must help ‘build a world’ that welcomes all

The U.S. Supreme Court's reversal of Roe v. Wade "is, without question, an answer to prayer," but in a post-Roe world, "Catholics must now work together for another, even deeper paradigm shift," said the U.S. bishops' pro-life chairman.