Final resting place: Vatican releases instruction on burial, cremation

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Professing belief in the resurrection of the dead and affirming that the human body is an essential part of a person’s identity, the Catholic Church insists that the bodies of the deceased be treated with respect and laid to rest in a consecrated place.

Priest hopes being in spotlight at Groban concert can inspire good

WINDSOR, Ontario (CNS) — Everything about that Sunday night was a surprise for Fr. Patrick Setto, starting with his cousins surprising him with tickets to a Josh Groban concert in Windsor, across the border from Detroit, and ending with the world-famous tenor passing off his microphone to the priest.

Amid economic growth, pope urges Mauritius to care for the young, poor

PORT LOUIS, Mauritius (CNS) — Statistical indicators show Mauritius’ rapid economic growth has benefited all sectors of society, lifting thousands out of poverty over the past 30 years, but Pope Francis still urged the island’s Catholics to be careful.

Cardinal Egan, retired archbishop of New York, dies at age 82

Cardinal Edward M. Egan, who retired as archbishop of New York in 2009, died March 5. The cause of death was cardiac arrest. He was 82.

Lent should be lived ‘more intensely’ in Year of Mercy

Lent exists for the sake of Easter; a 40-day pilgrimage where the faithful remember, celebrate and participate in Christ’s life, death and triumphant resurrection.

Pope: Faith says ‘no’ to Satan, ‘yes’ to God

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Baptism requires rejecting Satan and professing one’s full faith in God, Pope Francis said.

Pope announces plenary indulgence connected to March 27 extraordinary blessing

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — In response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Pope Francis said he will give an extraordinary blessing “urbi et orbi” (to the city and the world) at 6 p.m. Rome time (10 a.m. Arizona Time) March 27.

Forgiving injuries: Bryson Hall lives message of forgiveness, reconciliation

BAPCHULE — Growing up on the sprawling Gila River Indian Reservation south of Phoenix, Bryson Hall remembers the day tragedy shattered his world: Oct. 12, 1996. He was just 12 years old.

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.

State of the Campaign — Christmas

During this season, God is inviting each of us to follow Him, to walk with Him and to be a part of His Church. The “Together Let Us Go Forth ~ Juntos Sigamos Adelante” campaign seeks to extend that invitation to every person in our diocese.