HHS mandate fines would cripple work of the Church, close businesses

Thirty lawsuits are targeting a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services mandate that would require most religious employers to provide free contraceptive coverage. More...

Phoenix Diocese kicks off Year of Faith

Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted welcomed the Year of Faith Oct. 7, a time during which Pope Benedict XVI has called Catholics to a deeper...

US bishops, at synod, talk of spirit and practice of evangelization

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Charitable works, rites of passage and the cultural mixing produced by globalization all offer opportunities for bringing lapsed Catholics back...

St. Theresa students put principal in sticky state

Not having enough school funds can create a sticky situation. So can raising too much. Just ask Maureen Fyan, principal at St. Theresa, 5001 E....

Crosiers celebrate Citizenship Day

More than 100 years ago, three Crosiers traveled to to Minnesota with dutch immigrants. The Crosier Fathers and Brothers have served Catholics in the...

Benedictine University to offer classes in Mesa next fall

MESA — Benedictine University, a Catholic institution based in Illinois, will begin offering classes next fall in the the East Valley. “We believe a Catholic...

US Catholics urged to renew commitment ‘to defend’ life during October

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- During October, designated each year as Respect Life Month by the U.S. Catholic Church, Catholics should "renew their personal commitment to...

16 men to be ordained to the Order of Deacons

Bishop Thomas Olmsted will lay hands on sixteen men who have been called to the Order of Deacons for the Diocese of Phoenix.  They...

‘VatiLeaks’ trial will be landmark event for Vatican tribunal

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- For the Vatican's criminal court, the trial of Paolo Gabriele and Claudio Sciarpelletti for their alleged part in leaking papal...

Religious freedom at home and abroad an election-year issue for many

sms spy android WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Over the past several months, the U.S. Catholic bishops and other religious leaders have urged Americans to defend religious...