On Dec. 2, Catholics in Phoenix celebrated the 47th anniversary of the diocese. The origins of the church in Arizona, however, stretch back to the 16th century when Franciscan missionaries first brought the Gospel of Jesus to the native people of what is now the American Southwest.
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