Vatican asks bishops to ensure validity of matter for Eucharist

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Bishops should look at ways to help verify and guarantee the validity and worthiness of the bread and wine used for the celebration of the Eucharist, the Vatican said in a recent document.

Scottsdale couple receive Church’s highest honor for laity

SCOTTSDALE — Friends, family and dignitaries from around the diocese packed into St. Bernadette Church June 29 to witness Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted bestow the universal Church’s highest honor for the laity on one of the parish’s founding couples.

Convocation delegates sent home to imitate Jesus in reaching the margins

ORLANDO, Fla. (CNS) — Jesus took a few loaves and fishes and turned them into a feast for thousands, offering the Church an example of faith in action, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston said in sending 3,500 delegates home from the “Convocation of Catholic Leaders: The Joy of the Gospel in America.”

Final founding member of Franciscan Friars of the Holy Spirit takes vows

It was a pivotal day for the "public association of the faithful."

Trailer released for Father Rother documentary

OKLAHOMA CITY (CNS) — The Archdiocese of Oklahoma City has released a three-minute trailer to a forthcoming documentary on Fr. Stanley Rother, a U.S. priest who worked in Guatemala for 14 years until he was brutally murdered in 1981.

Goodwin fire grows as does evacuation orders

Mandatory evacuation notices included roughly 100 families who regularly attend Mass at St. Joseph Mission along AZ-69 in Mayer. That entire passageway between I-17 and SR-169 remains closed.

Pope: Christians fight evil with love, sacrifice, never with violence

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Christians are called to detach themselves from power, reject violence and sacrifice themselves for God and others out of love, Pope Francis said.

Court says church school can’t be barred from state funds for playground

WASHINGTON (CNS) — In a 7-2 decision, the Supreme Court June 26 said a Lutheran preschool should not be excluded from a state grant program to refurbish its playground surface just because it is a religious entity.

As consecrated virgins, three women promise lifelong fidelity to Christ

Like the 10 wise virgins from Matthew's Gospel, each carried a lighted lamp. Together, they joined their voices in an antiphon, "I am espoused to him whom the angels serve."

Surviving the hottest days of 2017

Here's a look at how some Catholic organizations and parishes are bearing through record-tying and likely record-breaking temperatures. Plus ways to help.