Catholic Schools Week returns for annual showcase of faith, fellowship, gratitude

Those who have taught, volunteered or served at a Catholic school will join current students, alumni and parents plus private supporters and those in the state legislature Jan. 31-Feb. 6 for an array of Catholic Schools Week celebrations.

Australian judge overturns former Adelaide archbishop’s conviction

NEWCASTLE, Australia (CNS) — An Australian judge overturned the conviction of Archbishop Philip Wilson, whom a lower court found guilty of failing to report allegations of child sexual abuse by a priest.

Failures are par for the course toward salvation, says Pope Francis

The road to salvation may be pitted with failures, but God uses them and overturns them to manifest his love for his people, said Pope Francis.

Former slave’s priestly story comes to life across diocese

His name wasn’t even mentioned on his baptismal record. No U.S. seminary wanted him. Now he's on his way to sainthood with his story coming to Valley stages.

Knights’ efforts to protect religious freedom praised in papal message

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The Knights of Columbus "have worked tirelessly" to help U.S. Catholics recognize and oppose efforts to "redefine and restrict the...

Syrian opposition groups meet in Rome, appeal for cease-fire

ROME (CNS) -- Representatives of a dozen Syrian opposition groups called for a cease-fire in their homeland and the beginning of an internationally mediated...

U.S. Cardinal William Levada, former doctrinal head, dies in Rome

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — U.S. Cardinal William J. Levada, former head of the Vatican’s doctrinal congregation and retired archbishop of San Francisco and Portland, Oregon, died Sept. 26 in Rome. He was 83.

Annunciation Catholic School receives grant to fund special needs program

The Catholic Community Foundation awarded Annunciation Catholic School a $20,000 grant in its competitive “Youth and Education” category. The grant will partially fund a special needs student program serving students at the Cave Creek school with learning disabilities.

Hundreds turn out to oppose ‘black mass,’ pray for cancelation

Hundreds of Catholics braved storm warnings to attend a holy hour July 25 in hopes that a “black mass” to be held Sept. 21 in Oklahoma City might be cancelled.

Mideast patriarchs urge hope of Resurrection in Easter messages

BEIRUT (CNS) — Catholic patriarchs from the Middle East invoked hope in their Easter messages to people suffering from terrorism, wars, displacement and economic hardship.