Seminarian headcount hits historic high

It's far above the average of 29 the faithful have seen in the last five years.

Introducing the Franciscan Friars of the Holy Spirit — the Church’s newest religious community

Seven men — five priests and two brothers — stood before the altar. In the culmination of a spiritual journey that took them a little more than a year, one by one they received their new habits and religious names from Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted. Now, as brothers, they are the founding members of the Franciscan Friars of the Holy Spirit.

Bishop Olmsted issues apostolic exhortation on masculinity

Catholic men must reclaim and life the virtue of Christian of masculinity, says Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted in his apostolic exhortation, “Into the Breach.”

Former André House director and Holy Cross priest named bishop for Florida diocese

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Pope Francis has named Holy Cross Father William A. Wack, a former director of André House, to be the bishop of Pensacola-Tallahassee.

Gianna Emanuela Molla shares testimony of her ‘saint mommy’

GILBERT — Dr. Gianna Emanuela Molla — a living relic and namesake of her mother, 20th-century saint Gianna Beretta Molla — captured hearts in Arizona as she shared her family’s love story.

Christmas season calls families to holiness

Novenas, posadas, pageants and Nativities are just some of the ways Catholics around the Diocese of Phoenix are preparing for the Christmas season.

‘The Joy of the Gospel’: Pope lays out his vision for an evangelical church

In his first extensive piece of writing as pope, Pope Francis lays out a vision of the Catholic Church dedicated to evangelization in a positive key, with a focus on society's poorest and most vulnerable, including the aged and unborn.

A walk with God: Youth prepare for ‘Camino de Santiago’ in Spain

For more than a thousand years, millions have made their way through the lush landscapes of France and Spain, traversing what’s known as the Camino de Santiago or the Way of St. James. This summer, a group of young people from St. Anne Parish in Gilbert is joining their ranks.

Why defending Cardinal Pell is a problem

(CNS) — In late February, the Church pledged to put the victims of abuse first, to listen to them with an open heart, to root out the culture of protecting priests accused of abuse.

Fire destroys St. Joseph’s Catholic Church

At 12:08 a.m., Fr. Reggie Carreon received an alert that there was a fire at the church.