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How the US bishops believe America can overcome racial violence

Jun 16, 2015 - 03:43 pm .- The head of the U.S. bishops’ conference pledged support for reconciliation and healing efforts in areas around the country that have been the site of racial tension and violent clashes between police and citizens.

Hopelessness and heroin – what fueled the Baltimore riots and what now?

May 10, 2015 - 05:17 pm .- As Baltimore works to recover from riots and protests after the death of 25 year-old Freddie Gray, the Church is working to reach a wounded community with a long history of pain and little hope.

For Catholics in West Baltimore, the only answer to violence is community

May 5, 2015 - 04:54 am .- After unrest erupted in Baltimore following the death of 25 year-old Freddie Gray, Catholics stepped up to restore their communities and pray for peace and justice in their neighborhoods.

Baltimore archbishop: With God, a broken city can heal

Apr 29, 2015 - 02:43 am .- After both peaceful protests and violent riots following the death of an African American man in the custody of the Baltimore police, the local archbishop appealed to prayer and truth as means of healing and restoring human dignity.

Pope on ISIS killings: Blood of Ethiopian Christians 'cries out to be heard'

Apr 20, 2015 - 05:50 pm .- Pope Francis voiced his distress at the news of a reported mass execution of Ethiopian Christians in Libya at the hands of ISIS, pleading that their deaths may not go ignored.

Twenty years after bombing, Oklahoma City archbishop calls for mercy to temper justice

Apr 20, 2015 - 04:13 pm .- As the Oklahoma City community continues to heal two decades after the horrific bombing that claimed the lives of 168 people, Archbishop Paul S. Coakley said he hopes people find mercy as well as justice in response to unspeakable acts of violence.  

Vatican archives shed light on tragedy of Armenian genocide

Mar 20, 2015 - 11:14 am .- Ahead of Pope Francis’ Mass commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide, newly released historic documents confirm the Holy See’s broad commitment to helping the Armenian people at a time when few others would.

Pope condemns Tunisia attack as act against 'the sacredness of life'

Mar 19, 2015 - 11:44 am .- On behalf of Pope Francis, the Vatican’s Secretariat of State has sent a letter to the archbishop of Tunisia, assuring them of the Pope’s prayers after yesterday’s deadly terrorist attack killed at least 23 people.

Here's what the Church in Pompei is doing about the mafia

Mar 15, 2015 - 03:51 pm .- Archbishop Tommaso Caputo of Pompei said that his diocese has welcomed the Pope’s recent condemnation of organized crime and has several initiatives in place to help affected families.  

As Ukraine violence continues, Pope renews call for dialogue

Jan 25, 2015 - 12:35 pm .- During his weekly Angelus address, Pope Francis decried the recent escalation of violence in Ukraine, and later called on Christians to pray for unity with one another.

Masses suspended in Niger due to church burnings

Jan 22, 2015 - 04:32 pm .- The bishops of Niger have canceled Masses and activities at Catholic schools, health care facilities and charity outreaches after Muslim extremists set fire to dozens of churches across the country.

A Christmas with tears – Pope Francis' words to Middle East

Dec 23, 2014 - 10:20 am .- In a Christmas message to Christians of the Middle East, Pope Francis grieved the violence that has ravaged and displaced many of the region's faithful. But the birth of Jesus, he insisted, gives us the ultimate consolation – God has come in the flesh to save us.

Don't give up hope, Cardinal Dolan encourages after NYPD shooting

Dec 22, 2014 - 09:22 pm .- Despite the violence, darkness and confusion of the world, we can find hope and peace in the promise of Christ, said Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York in response to the killing of two police officers.

Christ offers healing and peace, Sydney archbishop says after siege

Dec 16, 2014 - 04:19 pm .- In the aftermath of a hostage situation at an Australian café, Sydney’s Archbishop Anthony Fisher, O.P., stressed that the love of Jesus Christ, Prince of Peace, can overcome fear and darkness.  

Healing and hope: Newtown's Catholic parish two years after shooting

Dec 14, 2014 - 05:22 am .- It was two years ago that Monsignor Robert Weiss rushed to the scene of the Sandy Hook elementary shooting, where nine of his littlest parishioners lost their lives, along with 11 of their schoolmates and six staff members.  

Pope pleads with Middle East churches to address crisis together

Dec 13, 2014 - 04:05 am .- Pope Francis addressed the increasing challenges caused by violence in the Middle East with members of the Syriac Catholic Church, urging them to work alongside other churches to find solutions.

Protect us – One archbishop's plea as Nigeria elections loom

Dec 4, 2014 - 05:01 pm .- As Nigeria's general elections draw near, the archbishop of the central city of Jos warned candidates not to put political agendas over people's safety and urged more rapid solutions to Boko Haram violence.

What the Church can do about the powder keg of US racial tensions

Nov 26, 2014 - 04:52 am .- Beneath the ongoing unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, are deep-rooted societal conflicts that are boiling over, say local leaders, and the Church has an opportunity to be at the forefront of reconciliation.  

Reject 'false hope' of violence, archbishop implores after Ferguson ruling

Nov 25, 2014 - 10:31 am .- The Archbishop of St. Louis rejected violent responses to a grand jury’s decision not to indict a Ferguson police officer who killed a teenager, asking instead for prayer and action to solve underlying community problems.  

Jerusalem victims had a name, a family, a story, priest recalls

Nov 19, 2014 - 04:31 pm .- For one Jerusalem priest, the “horrific” killings at a Jerusalem synagogue show the need to humanize the victims of violence, in order to advance peace between Israelis and Palestinians in the Holy City.  

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