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The Bishop of Tucson has called off most church services, including Sunday mass, until at least April 6, due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Read more»

A photograph of 16-year-old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez, killed by Border Patrol agent Lonnie Swartz, during a cross-border shooting in October 2012.

Edward Weisenburger, Bishop of Tucson: "Yesterday's deeply troubling jury decision related to the Border Patrol agent stationed in the Nogales area, who fired multiple shots across our border with Mexico, killing a 16-year-old boy on October 10, 2012, raises serious issues of justice and accountability." Read more»

The Benedictine Monastery of the Sisters of Perpetual Adoration in Tucson.

There are nuns in Tucson who have been praying for us for 77 years. And they have provided a beautiful place of peace, open to all people of all faiths to find solace and mercy. But now a real estate deal has them leaving the Benedictine Monastery of the Sisters of Perpetual Adoration on Country Club Road. Read more» 1

Within plain sight of Ciudad Juárez, just south of the Rio Grande, thousands of El Pasoans heard Pope Francis speak of the ancient city Nineveh. He spoke of the city’s destruction due to “oppression and dishonor, violence and injustice.” The stirring message delivered in a city recovering from years of its own death and destruction at the hands of warring rival drug gangs and law enforcement held audiences captive. Read more»

Maria Guadalupe Perez of Juarez holds the hand of her daughter through the border fence in Juarez, Monday, February 15, 2016. Perez has not seen her daughter, Linda Rodriguez, since she was 6 months old.

From city officials working to rebrand Ciudad Juárez as a safe and organized metropolis to the mother and daughter who met along opposite sides of a border fence, Pope Francis' visit here is fraught with symbolism. Read more»

Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley leads a mass at Nossa Senhora do Carmo in 2013, just before the College of Cardinals selected Pope Francis. To address the church's sex abuse scandal, the pope chose Cardinal O'Malley as head of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors.

The Vatican's laws are clear, but often ignored. Read more»

The RICO Act was designed to combat organized crime groups like the Mafia. But a growing number of advocates in the U.S. see the recent FIFA investigation as a precedent for a possible criminal investigation into the Holy See’s role in child sexual abuse cases. Read more»

About 50,000 tickets were handed out for the space on the West Front of the Capitol, where the pope’s speech to Congress inside was shown on big-screen TVs.

They started gathering before the sun came up Thursday, eager for a spot outside the Capitol where they could witness Pope Francis’ historic address to a joint session of Congress. Read more»

Rep. Martha McSally, R-Tucson, said Washington could use more of the 'compassion, and love, and peace and cooperation' that Pope Francis brought to the city.

Members of Arizona’s congressional delegation gave generally high marks to Pope Francis’ Thursday speech to Congress that touched on immigration, climate change and the death penalty. Rep. Martha McSally focused on the tone as much as the topics. Washington could use “a lot of compassion, and love, and peace and cooperation,” which is exactly what she said the pope brought to the city. Read more»

Pope Francis prays in Rome on Dec. 8, 2013.

Five experts on child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church weigh in on whether Pope Francis has done enough to address one of the the church’s biggest challenges. Read more»

Police rope off the West Lawn of the Capitol, where the pope’s address to Congress will be simucalst on large TV screens for a crowd expected to be around 50,000.

Gilbert resident Simon Spanton doesn’t have anything against Pope Francis. It’s the combination of Pope Francis and Congress he has a problem with. “The pope seems like a nice guy,” said Spanton, 73. “But I see no place for religion in government.” Read more»

St. Mary’s Basilica, next to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix offices in downtown Phoenix, holds mass at noon during the week.

When Pope Francis visits Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia, he will see the changing face of the Roman Catholic Church in America, which includes more Hispanics and immigrants Read more»

Children play soccer in front of the church where Father Paul Madden celebrates Mass, in the tiny, scruffy fishing village of Puerto Huarmey, Peru. Father Madden admitted to molesting a 13-year-old boy, and told GlobalPost he could never again work in the U.S.

The Catholic Church has allowed priests accused of sexually abusing children in the United States and Europe to relocate to poor parishes in South America, a yearlong GlobalPost investigation has found. The Vatican has no comment. Read more»

A spring 2015 file photo of Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Prescott, who announced that he would not attend Pope Frahcis’ history-making speech to a joint session of Congress.

When Pope Francis delivers a history-making address to a joint session of Congress, Rep. Paul Gosar won’t be there. Gosar, a Catholic, said he decided to stay away because he is “ashamed” of the pope’s position on the “false science” of climate change and what Gosar sees as a failure to speak out against radical Islam and Planned Parenthood. Read more»

The U.S. flag flies in front of a mural of Pope Francis on the side of a building in midtown Manhattan in New York August 28, 2015.

The upcoming visit by the most socially progressive pope in generations threatens to drive a further wedge between the Republican Party and the Hispanic voters it needs to win back in order to retake the White House. Read more»

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