Farmers learn welding to boost incomes a year after devastating typhoon

On the eve of the one-year anniversary of the most powerful tropical cyclone to slam the central Philippines, signs of hope are emerging among some of the people who lost their only means of earning a living.
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Pope Francis to visit Shroud of Turin [VIDEO]

Pope Francis announced that he would visit the Shroud of Turin in June 2015.

Woman’s suicide called tragedy, symbol of ‘culture of death’ in U.S.

Brittany Maynard, a young California woman who was suffering from terminal brain cancer and gained national attention for her plan to use Oregon's assisted suicide law, ended her life Nov. 1. She was 29 years old.
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Bishop Olmsted: Voting is a moral duty [VIDEO]

In this short clip from Mixed Voces, Bishop Olmsted explains the importance of voting and of being an informed participant in the election process.

Cardinal says mergers tough to take, but address shifts in population

In a long-awaited but nonetheless stunning announcement, the Archdiocese of New York said Nov. 2 it would merge 112 of its 368 parishes into 55, effectively shuttering at least 31 churches by Aug. 1, 2015.

Praying for the dead, pope asks special prayers for victims of war

The early November feasts of All Saints and All Souls call Catholics to contemplate their ultimate destiny, hope in the eternal happiness of their beloved dead and remember the thousands of innocent people dying each day because of human evil and selfishness.
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Bishop Olmsted reflects on the importance of Día de los Muertos [VIDEO]

Bishop Olmsted, interviewed recently by Mixed Voces, explains the importance of the Día de los Muertos celebration.

Praise God, proclaim salvation, pray for the persecuted, pope says

Prayer and mission are the very breath of the Christian life, Pope Francis said.

Official says Catholic cemeteries have ‘huge opportunity to evangelize’

RYE, N.Y. (CNS) — Beyond their traditional roles as predictably quiet and often-beautiful places, "cemeteries have a huge opportunity to evangelize and a responsibility to stand for what the church represents," said Andrew Schafer, executive director for Archdiocese of Newark Catholic Cemeteries in New Jersey. People who come to a committal service in a cemetery may be encountering Catholic funeral tradition for the first time, or for the first time in many years.

Halloween happenings around the diocese

Catholics of all ages across the Diocese of Phoenix are celebrating Halloween — the eve of the feast of All Saints Day — and Día de los Muertos. Find out where to wear your costume and see how Catholic schools are marking the occasion.