Explosives that went off about a half hour apart shattered the serenity of morning services at two Las Cruces churches Aug. 2, but caused no injuries and only minor damage, police said.
Q&A: "The pope is making a real impression on all of our hearts, , including mine. ... He walks the talk."
Pope Francis has accepted the retirement of Archbishop Michael Sheehan of Santa Fe, N.M., and named Bishop John Wester of Salt Lake City to succeed him.
Sheehan, who has headed the Santa Fe archdiocese since 1993, turned 75 last year, the age at which bishops are required under canon law to submit their resignations to the pope.
A San Francisco native, Wester, 64, has headed the Salt Lake City diocese, which encompasses the entire state of Utah, since 2007.
Bishops who are named to head archdioceses immediately assume the title of archbishop.
Celebrations in Gallup, N.M., have proven to be few and subdued as the legacy of clergy sex abuse continues to cast a long shadow across the diocese.
A quiet street and a quaint three-bedroom home drew Mike Stenzhorn and his family to Dittmer 15 years ago. He and his two children loved the neighborhood in the small community 40 miles southwest of St. Louis.
They didn't put much thought to the Roman Catholic facility across the street -- a small complex of buildings called the Vianney Renewal Center.
Stenzhorn knew the center had something to do with helping struggling priests. In any case, it seemed harmless, and the neighborhood was nice.
Bishop Oscar Cantu of Las Cruces rejected the claims of an advertisement in the local Las Cruces Sun-News daily newspaper that maligned the work of an interfaith group funded by a Catholic Campaign for Human Development grant to raise the city's minimum wage.
Because it's difficult to legally buy a gun in Mexico, "illicit firearms are responsible for all the gun deaths. And it is the U.S. ... making this gun trafficking possible."