Ambria Hammel

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Ambria Hammel, staff writer, began serving The Catholic Sun diocesan newspaper via writing and photography in 2006. For story ideas, email ahammel@catholicsun.org or call (602) 354-2134.

Catholics know this year’s buzz word, but grasping the concept of mercy beyond the confessional can be tough.

A full water bottle can quench someone's thirst. An empty one can still sustain body and soul.

Jesuit Father Edward Reese is stepping down as president of Brophy College Preparatory shortly after the May 21 graduation.

A group of 34 young men at Arizona State University signed themselves up to become its founding members.

It wasn’t just the most important meal of the day to fortify the hours ahead. It provided a livelihood for 90 young scholars.

A nun walks into a bar... not to set up a joke's punchline, but with a sincere heart aimed at saving women and children victims of human trafficking and prostitution and welcome them into a true "Home of Love."

An array of negative emotions swirls behind the barbed wire, steel bars and cold concrete walls that surround jails and prisons across Arizona, but so does hope thanks to Catholic volunteers.

Infertility is often a quiet struggle, but one in which the Church reaches out in mercy to be a "very tender extension of Our Lord’s hands and heart."

The sandwich meal fortified the body and nourished the soul of hundreds of guests at André House while its brown lunch sack, lit up with crayon drawings and notes, connected them to a larger part of humanity.

Being young, Catholic and in the local work force can be challenging, but soon such individuals will have the opportunity to connect with peers facing similar struggles by joining the nation’s newest chapter of Young Catholic Professionals and the first one based out of the Arizona.

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