Bishop Olmsted to ordain three men to priesthood June 28

Years of study and prayerful reflection, bolstered by the loving support of family and friends, will culminate June 28 when Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted of the Diocese of Phoenix ordains three men to the priesthood.

‘Fortnight for Freedom’ highlights freedom to serve

Dioceses throughout the country will be highlighting the Catholic Church's religious freedom in service to the poor and vulnerable during this year's "Fortnight for Freedom."

Pope on Corpus Christi: Jesus in the Eucharist gives life, love

The body and blood of Christ, Pope Francis said, can give people eternal life because "the substance of this bread is love." Living the Catholic faith, the pope said, means "allowing yourself to be nourished by the Lord and building your life not on material goods, but on the reality that does not perish: the gifts of God, his word and his body."

Pope’s words give inmates hope, say advocates for fair sentencing

The pope responded to hundreds of letters from inmates incarcerated for life as juveniles, assuring them of his prayers and that the Lord "knows and loves each one of them." A larger movement of people is working to reform the way in which juveniles are held accountable for crimes committed as youth.

Phoenix police arrest murder suspect hours before requiem Mass

Phoenix police announced hours before the requiem Mass for Fr. Kenneth Walker that they have a suspect in custody for the murder of Fr. Walker and assault on Fr. Terra.

Priest killed in deadly attack at downtown Phoenix church

One priest was killed and a second remains in critical condition after a deadly attack on a downtown Phoenix Catholic church June 11. Fr. Kenneth...

Seminarian summer tour

Diocese of Phoenix seminarians are visiting parishes and missions in northern Arizona all week. They saved a seat for you at #semsonthebus.

Women inmates say Catholic prison ministry brings them ‘closer to God’

After the five-year mark of incarceration, 85 percent of inmates have no visitors or contact from friends or family. More are finding a connection to their heavenly Father, however, thanks to the efforts of local priests, deacons and faithful prison ministry volunteers.

Catholics worldwide remember ‘heavy sacrifices’ on D-Day

"Present generations should express their full recognition to all those who made such a heavy sacrifice," the Vatican said in a message commemorating the June 6, 1944, invasion of Normandy. A Catholic Army chaplain made the ultimate sacrifice.

Pope: Piety is embracing God, others with real love, not fake devotion

The gift of piety that the Holy Spirit gives us makes us meek; it makes us peaceful, patient and at peace with God in gentle service to others," Pope Francis said in his weekly general audience. He was continuing a series of audience talks about the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit.