Pope Francis: Without faith in Christ, church is just ‘pitiful NGO’

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Without faith in Christ's sacrifice on the cross, the church is nothing more than a "pitiful NGO," Pope Francis said in his first homily as pope.

West African resilience: How women are key to long-term stability in the Sahel

Women play a key role in coping with ongoing drought and famine in West Africa.

Young women religious reflect on their transformation

Younger women in religious life make up a mere sliver of the women in the religious-vocations picture. Being spread out among a host of different communities makes peer support even more difficult. Giving Voice, a peer-led organization of women religious, is using regular retreats and networking to change that. The latest retreat, held Jan. 17-19 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Monastery in west Phoenix, was aimed at women in their 20s and 30s.

Awarded and honored

Local Catholic groups and students have been earning awards for a job well done in recent weeks. Take a look.

Survivor of Rwandan genocide tells story of forgiveness

CHANDLER — Immaculee Ilibagiza, who survived the 1994 genocide in Rwanada that took the lives of nearly a million people, including nearly every member...

Catholic charitable organizations hope for generous year-end giving

Catholic charitable and educational organizations around the Phoenix Diocese are hoping taxpayers will remember them as they prepare to celebrate Christmas and the year...

Pope calls for peace, unity in Holy Land

The leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics arrived in this ancient city May 25 to find buildings bedecked with papal flags and huge banners proclaiming “Welcome to the Holy Land, Pope Francis!”

‘Radio en Familia’ offers broadcast to Spanish-speaking Catholics

Spanish-speaking Catholics in the Phoenix area now have a radio station all their own at 740 AM.

Most Holy Trinity dedicates memorial site

The word “surprise” characterizes key parts of a new memorial site at Most Holy Trinity Parish, most especially the 4-year-old it honors. SOLT Father Brady...

Relics of St. Charbel to be venerated this weekend at St. Joseph Maronite Church

The relics of saint whose intercession has been linked to thousands of documented miracles will be on display in Phoenix Jan. 15-17 as part of the 50th anniversary celebration of the saint's beatification.