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Jun 13

Tragedy at Mater Misericordiae Mission, Phoenix
News and information regarding the death of Fr. Kenneth Walker and assault of Fr. Joseph Terra.
If you have any information regarding this investigation, please contact the Phoenix PD Witness line at (480) WIT-NESS.
Via The Catholic Sun (developing):
Priest killed in deadly attack at downtown Phoenix church
Phoenix police arrest murder, assault suspect hours before requiem Mass
Via The Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP):
Pray for the priest of Mater Misericordiae in Phoenix
Via Rorate Caeli:
FSSP priests attacked in Phoenix, 1 murdered, 1 critically wounded
Via National Catholic Register:
Young priest’s murder shocks, grieves Arizona community
Via Vatican:
One priest killed, another critically injured in shooting
Priest killed in Phoenix
Via AZ Central:
Phoenix priest killed, another wounded in attack
Grief, disbelief after attack on 2 Phoenix priests
Prayer vigil and rosary for Phoenix priests attacked at church
Focus of attacked Phoenix priests was Latin Mass
Urban missionaries risk all for their faith (editorial)
Attack at Catholic Church has parishioners praying (video)
After Phoenix attack, priests to focus on forgiveness
Mass held at Phoenix mission where priests attacked
Before attack, ancient rite defined priests’ lives
Phoenix police make arrest in priest murder
Walker would tell attacker: “Heaven is still possible”
Phoenix priest murder suspect skipped parole meeting days before
Via ABC15:
Priests attacked at Phoenix church, 1 dies, 1 beaten
Catholic community reacts to murder of Phoenix priest
Via CBS5:
Phoenix mayor: Priest’s killing ‘strikes at our core’
Phoenix PD look for man seen entering priests’ residence
Hundreds gather for special service honoring Catholic priests
Via Fox10:
$1K reward offered for information after 2 priests attacked at church
Via Phoenix New Times:
Catholic priests attacked at Phoenix church, one killed

Tragedy at Mater Misericordiae Mission, Phoenix

News and information regarding the death of Fr. Kenneth Walker and assault of Fr. Joseph Terra.

If you have any information regarding this investigation, please contact the Phoenix PD Witness line at (480) WIT-NESS.

Via The Catholic Sun (developing):

Via The Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP):

Via Rorate Caeli:

Via National Catholic Register:

Via Vatican:

Via AZ Central:

Via ABC15:

Via CBS5:

Via Fox10:

Via Phoenix New Times:

Jun 09

The Pearl: Hymns on the Faith
by St. Ephrem the Syrian, Doctor of the Church
On a certain day a pearl did I take up, my brethren;I saw in it mysteries pertaining to the Kingdom;Semblances and types of the Majesty;It became a fountain, and I drank out of it mysteries of the Son.
I put it, my brethren, upon the palm of my hand,That I might examine it: I went to look at it on one side, And it proved faces on all sides. I found out that the Son was incomprehensible, Since He is wholly Light.
In its brightness I beheld the Bright One Who cannot be clouded,And in its pureness a great mystery, Even the Body of Our Lord which is well-refined: In its undividedness I saw the Truth Which is undivided.
It was so that I saw there its pure conception, The Church, and the Son within her. The cloud was the likeness of her that bare Him, And her type the heaven, Since there shone forth from her His gracious Shining.
I saw therein his Trophies, and His victories, and His crowns. I saw His helpful and overflowing graces, And His hidden things with His revealed things.
Read more from the St. Pachomius Orthodox Library here.

The Pearl: Hymns on the Faith

by St. Ephrem the Syrian, Doctor of the Church

On a certain day a pearl did I take up, my brethren;
I saw in it mysteries pertaining to the Kingdom;
Semblances and types of the Majesty;
It became a fountain, and I drank out of it mysteries of the Son.

I put it, my brethren, upon the palm of my hand,
That I might examine it: 
I went to look at it on one side, 
And it proved faces on all sides. 
I found out that the Son was incomprehensible, 
Since He is wholly Light.

In its brightness I beheld the Bright One Who cannot be clouded,
And in its pureness a great mystery, 

Even the Body of Our Lord which is well-refined: 
In its undividedness I saw the Truth 
Which is undivided.

It was so that I saw there its pure conception, 
The Church, and the Son within her. 

The cloud was the likeness of her that bare Him, 
And her type the heaven, 
Since there shone forth from her His gracious Shining.

I saw therein his Trophies, and His victories, and His crowns. 
I saw His helpful and overflowing graces, 

And His hidden things with His revealed things.

Read more from the St. Pachomius Orthodox Library here.

May 23

Support the Catholic Communication Campaign!
We are all called to share our faith, but how should we do so? If we follow the example of Pope Francis, one way will be through new media like Twitter, blogging, and web videos. 
With the Vatican, our Diocese, and many parishes active online through websites and social media, spreading our faith on the “new frontier” of the internet (as Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI called it) is easier than ever. 
The Catholic Communication Campaign funds these efforts, including the USCCB For Your Marriage campaign and coverage of important events, like last year’s papal election of Pope Francis. Half of all donations collected in Phoenix stay in Phoenix to support outreach through radio, print, TV, web, and social media outlets.
The message for this year’s 48th World Day for Communications emphasizes the importance of human relationships within social social networks. Pope Francis reminds us that “communication is ultimately a human rather than a technological achievement.” When we join in these networks as authentic witnesses of our Christian faith, we bring the light of Christ to others.  
The Catholic Communication Campaign helps us to grow in faith, worship, and witness. Please be generous in the collection, which will take place in most parishes the weekend of May 31 - June 1, 2014.

Support the Catholic Communication Campaign!

We are all called to share our faith, but how should we do so? If we follow the example of Pope Francis, one way will be through new media like Twitter, blogging, and web videos. 

With the Vatican, our Diocese, and many parishes active online through websites and social media, spreading our faith on the “new frontier” of the internet (as Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI called it) is easier than ever. 

The Catholic Communication Campaign funds these efforts, including the USCCB For Your Marriage campaign and coverage of important events, like last year’s papal election of Pope Francis. Half of all donations collected in Phoenix stay in Phoenix to support outreach through radio, print, TV, web, and social media outlets.

The message for this year’s 48th World Day for Communications emphasizes the importance of human relationships within social social networks. Pope Francis reminds us that “communication is ultimately a human rather than a technological achievement.” When we join in these networks as authentic witnesses of our Christian faith, we bring the light of Christ to others.  

The Catholic Communication Campaign helps us to grow in faith, worship, and witness. Please be generous in the collection, which will take place in most parishes the weekend of May 31 - June 1, 2014.

May 13

Phoenix Couple’s Trip to Rome Goes Viral
Family, friends and fallen-away Catholics evangelized through social media
You might have followed along on Facebook or Twitter while Aaron and Christine Accurso traveled to Rome for the canonizations of John XXIII and John Paul II; in case you missed it, check out this month’s issue of The Catholic Sun!
Aaron surprised Christine with this canonization pilgrimage for her birthday. The couple has a great devotion to St. John Paul II, and spent their time in Rome praying for you! Thanks to the broad reach of social media, the Accursos were able to share photos and prayer throughout their trip, catching the interest of Catholics, non-Catholics, and lapsed-Catholics alike.
Read more via The Catholic Sun!

Phoenix Couple’s Trip to Rome Goes Viral

Family, friends and fallen-away Catholics evangelized through social media

You might have followed along on Facebook or Twitter while Aaron and Christine Accurso traveled to Rome for the canonizations of John XXIII and John Paul II; in case you missed it, check out this month’s issue of The Catholic Sun!

Aaron surprised Christine with this canonization pilgrimage for her birthday. The couple has a great devotion to St. John Paul II, and spent their time in Rome praying for you! Thanks to the broad reach of social media, the Accursos were able to share photos and prayer throughout their trip, catching the interest of Catholics, non-Catholics, and lapsed-Catholics alike.

Read more via The Catholic Sun!

What if Arizona repealed the death penalty? -

The Arizona Republic: