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.

Pope’s Via Crucis: Cardinal writes prayers for all those who suffer

"For every station I tried to make a reference to current events because, as Pope Francis says, 'God is real and shows himself today,'" the cardinal told the Vatican newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano.

Pope Francis and the courage to care about human suffering

There was a lot of talk last month about Pope Francis’ foray into politics again when he said without naming names that anyone who would want to build walls to shut people out instead of welcoming them was not being Christian.

Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia to establish diocesan presence, serve new high school

Among the throngs of people the Diocese of Phoenix is embracing into its fold this Holy Week is a deeply-rooted religious community.

Local author unveils sixth and final book in ‘Lily’ series

As the mother of a child with Down syndrome, Sherry Boas has a special place in her heart and an intimate understanding of those who happen to have a third copy of their 21st chromosome.

Pro-life women’s group prepares for March 23 rally outside Supreme Court

There won't be singing, but some of the Little Sisters will be handing out cookies. "We're really looking forward to a joyful morning," its organizer said.