Saying their letters had touched his heart, Pope Francis wrote a personal response encouraging teens in southern Arizona in their work aiding migrants.
A U.S. District Court judge's ruling that Arizona's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional "overturns the will of Arizona voters and reflects a misunderstanding of the institution of marriage," the state's Catholic bishops said Friday.
"For centuries, marriage has been recognized as the lifelong union of a man and a woman that benefits the common good by respecting the unique and complementary gifts of both a mother and a father in the lives of children," they said.
Police in Phoenix have arrested a suspect in the violent assault on a downtown church that took the life of one priest and left a second priest critically injured.
An attack at a downtown Phoenix church left a 29-year-old priest dead and another critically wounded. Both priests are part of an order dedicated to celebrating the Tridentine rite.
Russia's aggression against Ukraine is an extremely dangerous situation that should be of concern to all Americans.
The new year will be a brighter beginning for Terrance Alston, 49, who once spent years on the streets.
Bishop Thomas Paprocki walked into a beehive when he agreed to speak about same-sex marriage before in Phoenix over the weekend.
A bipartisan political committee in Arizona hopes to gather more than 330,000 signatures by May to recall their controversial sheriff.