Pope Benedict’s resignation announcement stuns world religious leaders

Pope Benedict XVI's announcement that he planned to resign Feb. 28 stunned and shocked religious leaders around the world.

14 cardinals from Canada, US eligible to vote in conclave

Here is a list of the 14 cardinals from Canada and the United States who are under the age of 80 and therefore eligible to vote in a conclave to elect a successor to Pope Benedict XVI.

Pope Benedict, citing age, announces he will resign

VATICAN CITY – Pope Benedict XVI announced Feb. 11 that he would be resigning at the end of the month. Pope Benedict, who was elected in April 2005, will be the first pope to resign in almost 600 years.

Bishop dedicates new church building in Flagstaff

FLAGSTAFF — The new church building that serves San Francisco de Asís Parish is the culmination of years of struggle and hard work.

Top Catholic business leaders meet for Mass in Phoenix

It was a weekday Mass that drew a top-ranking business-minded crowd the size of a Sunday liturgy, at least 25 priests plus a handful of bishops and archbishops.

Seton’s softball coach headed to local Sports Hall of Fame

Eleven state championship titles in 28 years is part of what fielded Seton Catholic Preparatory High School’s varsity softball coach an honor all his own. Jerry Mullin will be inducted into the 9th Annual Chandler Sports Hall of Fame Feb. 9. The Mesa Catholic has been with Seton Catholic Prep since 1985 in both a teaching and a coaching capacity.

‘Bible’ miniseries aims to make ’emotional connection’ with audience

Roma Downey and Mark Burnett have pulled off the making of a 10-hour miniseries, "The Bible," that gets its premiere Sunday, March 3, on the History cable channel.

Proposed rules fall short of meeting bishops’ concerns, cardinal says

The new proposed rules issued by the government regarding insurance coverage of contraceptives show movement but fall short of addressing the U.S. bishops' concerns.

St. John Vianney celebrates 20 years of educating West Valley

Students at St. John Vianney have a tangible example of what it means to “Reach for the Stars.” Their school, which opened 20 years ago last fall, was once a reachable dream of then-principal Fr. Joe Corpora.

Rookie speller wins bee

The annual diocesan spelling bee came down to two Catholic school students from Scottsdale.