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Ambria Hammel is the staff writer for The Catholic Sun. She began reporting for the award-winning newspaper in 2006.

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Catholics are now well into the holy season of Lent and challenging themselves to draw closer to Christ through prayer and action.

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In honor of tomorrow's diocesan women's conference, take a look at some stories over the last year or so pertaining to women in the church. Not in the reading mood? Fr. James Kubicki reflects on respect for women.

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The world has kept a watchful eye on Pope Francis ever since seeing him on that balcony overlooking St. Peter’s Square a year ago. But once he humbly bowed and requested the people to pray for and bless him, they were hooked.

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Sr. Mary McGreevy, SSND, the former principal of Bourgade Catholic High School who dramatically expanded the school and oversaw extensive construction and renovation during her 14-year tenure, passed away Feb. 20. She was 76.

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The Diocese of Phoenix, in partnership with area law enforcement agencies and fire departments, remembers all those who have died in the line of duty at the annual Blue Mass. Last week, a local parishioner's name was added to that list: Detective John T. Hobbs, a 21-year veteran of the Phoenix Police Department.

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Tomorrow, weather permitting, marks the first full schedule of Spring Training games in the Valley. The 15 teams who train here bring with them the players who are big names today and rookies working their way up. They largely focus on training while in the Valley, but local Catholic efforts are affiliated with a few of the teams.

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The fourth annual Phoenix Catholic Women’s Conference is set for March 15 at St. Paul Parish in Phoenix. A week later, guys will gather March 22 at Xavier College Preparatory to hear five guest speakers address “Resolution” and “Faith of Our Fathers” at the annual Catholic Men’s Conference.

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Planned Parenthood’s two-year hiatus from offering abortion services in Flagstaff has ended.

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A bevy of new Catholic apps are heading to a smartphone near you with the goal of helping an increasingly connected culture grow in the faith.

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A 40-year-old parish that just underwent extensive renovation now has a chapel where parishioners can adore the church’s namesake around the clock.

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