Phoenix diocese cuts 12 workers

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PHOENIX (AP) -- The Catholic Diocese of Phoenix has let go 12 workers as it struggles with finances.

This is the second straight year the diocese has been forced to cut workers.

A total of 15 positions were cut, and 12 employees were laid off. Last year, the diocese eliminated 17 positions and laid off 11 people.

Most of the cuts affect the diocese newspaper and the Division of Education and Evangelization.

Also affected was the public-information office. Former spokesman James Dwyer has been the public voice of the diocese for more than three years.

Besides the layoffs, the diocese also announced restructuring of several offices at the Diocesan Pastoral Center in downtown Phoenix.

Furloughs of diocese staff will be required, and a salary freeze will remain in effect.

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Information from: The Arizona Republic, http://www.azcentral.com

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