Pope calls on nations to protect lives, dignity of war victims

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Marking the anniversary of the Geneva Conventions, Pope Francis urged nations to recall the need to protect the life and dignity of the victims of war and armed conflict.

Iraqi immigrant mother holds to faith, heritage in U.S.

Maureen Antwan's 17-year-old son sees many possibilities here and wishes his mother would not worry so much about his future.

Court orders review of Notre Dame’s case on contraceptive mandate

The Supreme Court March 9 ordered the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider its previous ruling and review -- in light of the June Hobby Lobby decision -- whether the University of Notre Dame must pay for coverage of contraceptives in employee and student health insurance plans.

First graduating class of Brophy’s Loyola Academy recognized at signing ceremony

The vision Brophy College Preparatory leaders and key community donors had for a vital middle school program are bearing its first concrete fruits. On May 19, they'll be the first in their families to be college-bound.

New deacon Br. Athanasius, FHS, hopes to preach Gospel through example

LAVEEN — Br. Athanasius Fornwalt, FHS, spent his Thanksgiving break during his last semester at Catholic University of America being ordained a deacon at St. John the Baptist Parish in Laveen.

As economic forecast improves, let us not forget to lift up the working poor

Experts predict that Arizona’s economy will grow at a steady, moderate pace throughout 2014 as it continues to grind its way through the lingering effects of the Great Recession. It is imperative we not leave anyone, particularly the working poor, behind.

To honor Rev. King, ‘deepen’ commitment to work for justice, bishops urge

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Fifty years after the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, “we need to ask ourselves if we are doing all we can to build the culture of love, respect and peace to which the Gospel calls us,” the U.S. bishops’ Administrative Committee said March 28.

Pope marries 20 couples [VIDEO]

Pope Francis married 20 couples in St. Peter's Basilica Sept. 14.

Feast of St. John Fisher

(CNA) — John was the eldest son of merchant Robert Fisher and his wife Agnes in Beverley, Yorkshire, England in 1469.

Climate encyclical expected to send strong moral message to the world

Pope Francis' upcoming encyclical on ecology and climate is expected to send a strong moral message -- one message that could make some readers uncomfortable, some observers say.