Diocese of Phoenix seminarians are visiting parishes and missions in northern Arizona all week. They saved a seat for you at #semsonthebus.
After the five-year mark of incarceration, 85 percent of inmates have no visitors or contact from friends or family. More are finding a connection to their heavenly Father, however, thanks to the efforts of local priests, deacons and faithful prison ministry volunteers.
"Present generations should express their full recognition to all those who made such a heavy sacrifice," the Vatican said in a message commemorating the June 6, 1944, invasion of Normandy. A Catholic Army chaplain made the ultimate sacrifice.
The gift of piety that the Holy Spirit gives us makes us meek; it makes us peaceful, patient and at peace with God in gentle service to others," Pope Francis said in his weekly general audience. He was continuing a series of audience talks about the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit.
Jesuit Refugee Service's country director in Afghanistan — a priest from India — was kidnapped June 2 as he was leaving a school serving children who were recently returned to Afghanistan after living as refugees in Iran or Pakistan.
Pope Francis will meet with a group of sex abuse victims for the first time in June, he told reporters May 26.
When it comes to sharing the Gospel message of Jesus Christ with more than 1 billion Catholics throughout the world, every form of communication is crucial.
At its best, media informs, inspires and engages. It creates unity and a common thread throughout a community, allowing people to share in the daily joys, sorrows and challenges of their neighbors. Media must provide for “an authentic culture of encounter” and serve to give voice to those on the margins of society.
Memorial Day, the traditional kickoff of summer marked by family getaways, cookouts, picnics and parades, also includes somber events the day was created for such as wreath-laying ceremonies, prayer services and visits to war memorials. A few miles from the major war memorials, two Vietnam veterans at the U.S. Soldiers' and Airmen's Home, planned to mark the holiday without any fanfare.
Pope Francis invited Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli President Shimon Peres to pray together at the Vatican for peace between their nations.