Religious leaders meet with Obama on immigration reform

More than a dozen religious leaders sat down with President Barack Obama March 8 to stress their concerns for immigration reform, before ending with a prayer and promising to work with their faith communities on the issue, especially during the rest of Lent and Easter.

Spreading the Gospel behind bars

Deacon Peter Murphy has prayed, counseled, consoled and rejoiced with the men and women he has encountered in his parish of prison fences. As the director of Catholic ministries to prisons and jails, the work of the Church is ever present in the lives of the faithful, especially those living on the margins of life.

Phoenix Catholics react to Benedict’s stepping down from Chair of St. Peter

As the world welcomes a new pope, Catholics around the Diocese of Phoenix reacted to the first resignation of a pontiff in six centuries.

Local Jesuits react to election of one of their own to the papacy

Jesuits from the Diocese of Phoenix weighed in with their reaction to the election of Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, 76, the first Jesuit ever to become pope.

Argentine Catholics in Arizona take pride in new pope

Catholics from the Americas and Argentina, including those who now live in Arizona, were particularly elated when the Vatican announced “Habemus Papam” March 13.

Pope Francis begins papacy pledging to protect Church, human dignity

Pope Francis formally began his ministry as bishop of Rome and as pope by pledging to protect the Catholic Church, the dignity of each person and the beauty of creation, just like St. Joseph protected Mary and Jesus.

Pope begins ministry with biblical symbols, signs of universal ministry

Although attempts were made to simplify the ceremony, Pope Francis officially inaugurated his ministry as pope and bishop of Rome in a liturgy filled with biblical symbolism and signs of the universality of his mission.

Bishop Nevares to lead Year of Faith pilgrimage

Auxiliary Bishop Eduardo A. Nevares will lead a pilgrimage next October to Mexico City and Guanajuato to mark the closing of the Year of Faith.

Modern day saint, convert depicted in diocesan window

Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted blessed and dedicated the image of St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, the newest stained glass window in the chapel, March 13 during a special evening liturgy. It’s the 10th window depicting a saint canonized or beatified by Blessed Pope John Paul II to be installed in the chapel.

Exhibit depicting replica of shroud at St. Maria Goretti March 18-30

Catholics and those coming into the Church at the Easter Vigil know the story of Christ’s death and resurrection. Thanks to a recurring exhibit at a Valley parish, they can also gain a deeper understanding of a key object involved. This marks the second year that St. Maria Goretti Parish will host its Shroud of Turin exhibit in the final days of Lent.