Former André House director-turned-bishop virtually returns to affirm vocation of laity

GLENDALE — The Old Testament book of Nehemiah tells the story of a layman who spearheaded the rebuilding of the Jewish temple after the nation returned to its land from 70 years of exile in Babylon.

Bishop dedicates altar at North Valley cemetery

When we bless an altar, we’re professing our firm believe that the risen living Jesus Christ is with us, said Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted at a Mass dedicating a new altar at Holy Redeemer Cemetery in north Phoenix April 27.

Bishop Wall: Pope Francis ‘passionate about life’ from conception to natural death

Gallup, N.M. (CNA) — After visiting with Pope Francis for two and a half hours during his region’s “ad limina” visit, Bishop James S. Wall of Gallup, New Mexico told CNA that he was encouraged by the Holy Father’s passion for the pro-life movement, his love for the vulnerable in society, and his willingness to discuss anything.

Scholastica: Model of Monastic Life

Twins Scholastica and Benedict, each in their own way and yet also together, have made such a great impact on consecrated life in the Church.

Framing Francis in Florence [VIDEO]

Everyone tries to get pictures of Pope Francis and pope-mania. Here's a look behind capturing those images.

Catholics Matter 124: Society of St. Vincent de Paul [VIDEO]

In this episode of Catholics Matter, Fr. Rob Clements is joined by Steve Zabilski, Executive Director of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, to explore the impact SVdP has in the greater-Phoenix area. To learn more, visit:

U.S. officials seek greater cooperation with Vatican on religious freedom

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Promoting religious freedom, providing humanitarian assistance and fighting human trafficking are three major issues the Vatican and the U.S. administration agree on and on which they will continue to coordinate efforts, panelists said at a joint symposium.

Feb. 20 ‘Mass for Migrants’ to highlight tragic border deaths

They come in search of a better life, but hundreds perish in the rugged desert near the U.S.-Mexico border every year.

Merry Christmas [VIDEO]

Enjoy some Christmas messages from our Catholic places of learning plus one parish

Fasting: Lent’s spiritual practice creates space for prayer

Fasting, which has deep roots in many religious traditions, is meant to draw participants into deeper prayer and also link them with those in need.