Pope says Year of Mercy will be time to heal, to help, to forgive

Mercy is what makes God perfect and all-powerful, Pope Francis said in his document officially proclaiming the 2015-2016 extraordinary Holy Year of Mercy.

‘Priest for a Day’ is a wish come true for 11-year-old Missouri boy

Make-A-Wish requests often involve meeting athletes, attending sporting events or traveling to amusement parks or beaches.

Bishops object to death penalty as punishment in Boston bomber case

As the trial of Boston Marathon bombing defendant Dzhokhar Tsarnaev went to the jury April 6, the Catholic bishops of Massachusetts released a statement reiterating the church's teaching on the death penalty.

Share Easter joy, defend persecuted Christians, pope says

Christians live the joy of the Resurrection when they share a smile with someone, weep with those who mourn and defend the rights of those persecuted for their faith, Pope Francis said.

Humility is key to understanding Easter, sharing its joy, pope says

To enter Christ's empty tomb like the disciples and see that he has risen, Christians today also must "bend down," Pope Francis said in his Easter message.

Parish continues tradition of blessing baskets for Easter dinner

It’s not just the Easter Bunny who prepares baskets with goodies for the day of the Lord’s Resurrection. Catholic women do too.

Volunteers wash feet of homeless at André House

Hector, a guest at André House, had just finished washing and conditioning with lotion the feet of Jay, a second year volunteer on the core team at the Holy Cross-run ministry for homeless in the Phoenix area.

Catholics pray Stations of the Cross across ASU campus

The Way of the Cross was hard. That didn’t stop Catholics of all ages from yearning to experience a piece of Jesus’ suffering on Good Friday.

Bishop Olmsted leads faithful in Good Friday rosary at Planned Parenthood

Good Friday found more than 150 local Catholics praying in front of a Planned Parenthood facility, one that performs abortions up to 24 weeks.

Pope to priests: Exhaustion is part of ministry; find renewal in Christ

Priestly ministry is hard, sometimes lonely or dangerous work serving the neediest with an open, vulnerable heart, Pope Francis told the world's priests. But priests need to learn how to draw strength from their flock and their love for God.