Catholics urged to pray for cancellation of ‘black mass’

Fr. John Lankeit, rector of Ss. Simon and Jude Cathedral in Phoenix, is urging local Catholics to gather for a 7 p.m. holy hour July 25 in order to pray that a black mass scheduled to take place Sept. 21 in Oklahoma City will be canceled.

Catholic leaders speak out about policy toward migrant kids, families

A Latin America expert for Catholic Relief Services, the head of the bishops' migration committee and the president of a Catholic college in Michigan were among those urging the government toward humanitarian responses to a surge of children and families crossing the U.S. border from Central America.

Freedom to serve: local Catholics dish out meals for needy during ‘Fortnight’

Freedom and service took on a new dimension for some Catholics on July 4.

Love of baseball, chance to evangelize lead priest to do play-by-play

For the past decade, Fr. Craig Collison has been the play-by-play announcer for the Xs, whose home ballpark is Lewis and Clark Stadium in Sioux City. He commits to the home games of the Explorers for the season, with a particular caveat.

Journey of the heart: Distance between two cities diminishes through faith

Phoenix is more than 7,000 miles from Mosul. And yet as I sit and pray here in sunny Arizona, my heart turns to the beleaguered city in Iraq.

Freedom to serve

There is a close connection between service of the poor, freedom and evangelization. Catholic apostolates integrate service to the poor with joyful witness to Christ; they serve because they love Jesus. They freely receive God’s mercy; they freely give mercy to others in turn. They imitate Jesus in His solidarity with the poor.

Three new priests for Phoenix Diocese

Newly ordained priests Grimditch, Kenney and Sperry "consecrated as eternal priests of the new covenant, to preach the Gospel and celebrate the liturgy"

Advocates urge actions to protect migrant children crossing the border

Petitions and letters to members of Congress and the Obama administration are among the measures being pursued by advocates urging humane treatment of the Central American children who are trying to migrate to the United States.

Lead by example: Pope offers abuse victims open ear, open heart

More than a meeting and homily, Pope Francis laid out a clear road map for the church when he celebrated Mass and welcomed abuse survivors to the Vatican.

FILMS: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Those super-sentient simians are back in "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes."