DACA ruling called ‘a beautiful moment’; concern about future remains

For Cinthia Padilla Ortiz, the Supreme Court's recent decision on the DACA program was "an unexpected and beautiful moment" and left her feeling "that sense of hope in our community."

Four new priests for the Diocese of Phoenix

In a solemn liturgy resplendent in tradition, four young men from the Diocese of Phoenix were ordained to the priesthood June 6 at St. Juan Diego Catholic Church in Chandler. The four newly minted priests hail from throughout the diocese and include Fr. Nathaniel Glenn, Fr. Kevin Penkalski, Fr. Gabriel Terrill, and Fr. Estevan Wetzel.

High court rules against Trump administration’s plan to end DACA

WASHINGTON -- In one of the most anticipated cases of the term, the Supreme Court June 18 ruled against efforts by the...

Family uses pandemic restrictions to deepen faith

While the continuing coronavirus pandemic has forced the public to spend much of its time at home, it has afforded numerous opportunities to deepen one’s faith through prayer, meditation, Bible readings and other activities.

RCIA candidates wait to enter full communion

Northern Arizona University student Grace Godat’s life has changed drastically in the past couple of weeks due to COVID-19. As a flute player in the NAU marching band, practice has been canceled along with all other extracurricular activities. Her sculpture and studio art classes have been moved online, and her months of preparation to be received into the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil are on hold, postponed to a later date yet unknown.

Catholic agencies adjust programs in response to COVID-19 restrictions

Two of Arizona’s largest Catholic agencies serving seniors and the less fortunate continue to curtail activities while adapting to serve their clients as the global coronavirus pandemic deepens in the Grand Canyon State.

Drive-thru, outdoor confessions become norm during pandemic

Masses suspended. Weddings and Baptisms postponed or severely limited in size. Churches closed. And it’s all taking place during the holy season of Lent. As the COVID-19 crisis continues to grip the nation, how is a Catholic in the Diocese of Phoenix to receive absolution through the sacrament of Confession?

Online ministries help parishes maintain community during lockdown

God has asked Deepa Kingry to serve all over the country: South Carolina, Minnesota, Georgia, New Jersey, Florida and, for the past three years, at St. Helen Parish in Glendale as the coordinator of youth and young adult ministry.

What is a Spiritual Communion? An explainer

Even during a pandemic, Sunday is still the Lord’s Day. The faithful seeking to unite themselves in the sacrificial Mass without being physically present can still unite their hearts and minds to Jesus and the Universal Church. It’s called Spiritual Communion.

Refugees at outreach center share hardships experienced during pandemic

TUCSON (CNS) — More than a dozen men, women and children provided a glimpse into the desperate living conditions they endure in Nogales, Mexico, while the world struggles with COVID-19.