Mother Marie André installed as first abbess of newly autonomous Our Lady of Solitude...

TONOPAH — After 10 years in Arizona of living out their charism of praying in Adoration, the Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration, affectionately known as the “Desert Nuns,” now have an autonomous monastery within the Diocese of Phoenix.

Share truth of family with mercy, help those struggling, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The same mercy and patience that are essential for building a strong family must be shown to those whose families are in trouble or have broken up, Pope Francis said in his highly anticipated postsynodal apostolic exhortation.

New Young Catholic Professionals chapter could be headed to Phoenix

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.

Signs of future reality emerge at St. John Paul II campus

The idea of a Catholic high school to serve the West Valley finally has tangible signs of reality.

Pope to release document on the family April 8

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Vatican has set April 8 for the release of “Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love),” Pope Francis’ reflection on the family and family life.

Mother Angelica, founder of EWTN, dies after long illness

Feisty and outspoken, she was a major controversial figure in the U.S. church in the closing decades of the 20th century with a ready calling card at the Vatican.

Moms’ group delivers Holy Week happiness to area children

A group of Ahwatukee moms brought some early Easter joy to children whose mothers or other caretakers struggle to provide.

Good Friday Rosary at Planned Parenthood draws 350 to pray, defend life

GLENDALE ― As the faithful across the Diocese of Phoenix called to mind the suffering endured by Christ on the day of His crucifixion, hundreds gathered for the annual Good Friday Rosary outside a local Planned Parenthood. Glendale police estimated the crowd at 350.

Way of Cross an especially strong Lenten tradition in migrant communities

Many of the 400 participants in one town last year were day laborers who sacrificed daily wages to attend.

Chrism Mass: Sacred oils blessed, sacred promises renewed

The bilingual liturgy draws hundreds to witness the blessing of the oils that will be used in the Church’s sacramental celebrations such as Confirmation, Ordination, Anointing of the Sick and Baptism.