Cheers: Catholic Charities opens bar to raise money

From FOX in Phoenix: Catholic Charities has opened up a new bar in Phoenix — a coffee and wine bar. The nonprofit is venturing into the business side. Yeah, it’s not something you would normally put together — a Catholic charity and the bar scene. But the nonprofit is blending the two, catering to the coffee, wine, [Read More…]

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Ordination update: 16 new deacons for Phoenix

A reader dropped me an e-mail about this.  Evidently, it happened on November 10.  But I had to really hunt to find news about it on the diocesan website.  There was nothing on the Diocese of Phoenix Facebook page, either.  I finally found a link to the Catholic Sun, and was able to search its [Read More…]

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UPDATE: Last Catholic hospital in Phoenix NOT stripped of its status

 Earlier reports were incorrect. UPDATE: The diocese today released a statement: Contrary to reports in the media, Mercy Gilbert Medical Center has not been stripped of its Catholic status. The hospital is in the process of renewing its status and ensuring its compliance with the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services. This [Read More…]

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Phoenix bans altar girls from serving at cathedral

I imagine this news will stir up some debate around the diocese: The Rev. John Lankeit, rector of the cathedral, said he made the decision in hopes of promoting the priesthood for males and other religious vocations, such as becoming a nun, for females. Made up primarily of fifth- through eighth-graders the altar-server corps in [Read More…]

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