Go directly to confession, don’t wait, pope says at audience

If you haven't been to confession recently, don't wait, Pope Francis told people at his weekly general audience. One may walk into the confessional with a heavy heart, but forgiveness brings freedom and lightness. "If a lot of time has passed, don't lose even one more day. Go," the pope said Feb. 19

Mass to pray for persecuted Church in Middle East

Bishop Nevares will celebrate a Mass Feb. 16 at St. Anne Church in Gilbert to pray for the persecuted Christians of the Middle East.

FILMS: The Lego Movie

With their lively 3-D animated adventure "The Lego Movie" (Warner Bros.), they not only deliver a diverting eye-catcher for both young and old, they also manage to incorporate a surprisingly pointed satire of conformist consumerism into the proceedings.

‘Troublemaker’ pope reshaping church, but drawing some skepticism

As early on as it is for the pontificate of Pope Francis, his statements and actions already have given guidance for how simple changes can improve the world, said panelists at Georgetown University.

Students celebrate Catholic Schools Week through prayer, witness

The annual Mass and rally are just two ways that Arizona’s 21,000 Catholic school students and the community participate in the national Catholic Schools Week celebration, which ran from Jan. 26 through Feb. 1. The week was filled with fun events, open houses, the Diocesan Spelling Bee and other activities for students, families and the community at large.

New complications in executions bring new death penalty discussions

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- International law, the risk of using inhumane methods of execution and opposition to capital punishment by the survivors of murder victims...

Pope at audience: Make sure your children are confirmed

Many Catholic parents go to great lengths to ensure their children are baptized, and they must make similar efforts to see that their children are confirmed, Pope Francis said.

‘Positive feedback’ reported in bid to curb Super Bowl sex trafficking

A lot of "positive feedback" has been reported from hotels expecting an influx of visitors for the Feb. 2 Super Bowl with regard to efforts to curb human trafficking -- primarily sex trafficking -- surrounding the event.

Pope Francis makes cover of ‘Rolling Stone’

Rolling Stone features the Holy Father in new cover story: "Pope Francis: The Times They Are A-Changin'"

Pope says Internet a ‘gift from God,’ should be used for solidarity

Like the good Samaritan, who stopped on the road to help a person in need, travelers along today's communication highways should offer support to those they encounter there, Pope Francis said.