Tradition of Epiphany door blessing with chalk is symbol of hope in 2021

The ancient Christian tradition of marking doorways with blessed chalk on the feast of the Epiphany will carry new meaning for many Catholics in 2021. Following a year that saw families shaken by the coronavirus pandemic, the traditional home blessing will serve as a special symbol of hope and a visible reminder of faith.

Pope on Christmas: Share hope, promote peace, give vaccine to all

On a Christmas like no other, Pope Francis prayed for people who could not be with their families because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but he urged everyone to recognize and help those who are suffering even more.

Vatican calls for equitable COVID-19 vaccine distribution

The Vatican is calling for a coordinated international effort to ensure the equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines worldwide, which are critical to defeat the pandemic, "prioritizing those most in need."

Pope announces yearlong reflection on family, ‘Amoris Laetitia’

Pope Francis announced that the Catholic Church will dedicate more than a year to focusing on the family and conjugal love.

VIDEO: Merry Christmas from Bishop Olmsted and the Diocese of Phoenix

On behalf of Bishop Nevares and all the clergy and religious of the Diocese of Phoenix, Bishop Olmsted is praying that you and your loved ones have a merry Christmas.

Contemplating the closeness of the Incarnation in a year of separation

Christmas is a celebration of the infinite love of God, a love that is unbounded, a love that loosens limitations and dissolves boundaries. It is the feast of a God whose love obscures the separation between divinity and humanity, God and man.

Without alternatives, current COVID-19 vaccines are morally acceptable

The Vatican's doctrinal office said that when alternative vaccines are not available, it is morally acceptable to receive COVID-19 vaccines developed or tested using cell lines originating from aborted fetuses.

Citing ‘humanitarian crisis,’ André House seeks Phoenix City Council approval to expand homeless outreach

André House feeds, clothes and shelters the homeless in downtown Phoenix. For two years, they have been seeking Phoenix City Council approval to expand the number of beds.

Ignoring the poor is a sin, head of Ukrainian Catholic Church says

Celebrating the birth of Jesus, Christians should remember that he is present in each person who is sick, homeless, frail, neglected or needs help, said the head of the Ukrainian Catholic Church.

Pope again calls for diverting funds from weapons to fighting hunger

Appealing for a worldwide commitment to initiating a "culture of care" for one another and for the environment, Pope Francis again called on nations to divert money from their military budgets to create a global fund to end hunger and promote development in the world's poorest nations.