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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.  

Archbishop decries Jerusalem car attacks: 'We are acting like savages'

Nov 6, 2014 - 05:29 pm .- A Melkite-Greek Catholic archbishop has lamented recent car attacks in Jerusalem, saying that such actions are inhuman and tear down society.  

Ottawa archbishop cancels event, calls for prayers in wake of shooting

Oct 23, 2014 - 09:57 am .- The Archdiocese of Ottawa, Canada, released a statement canceling its annual charity dinner in the wake of yesterday’s shooting, and urged Catholics to pray for all those affected by the violent act.

Violence subsides in Central African capital, but what next?

Oct 14, 2014 - 06:18 pm .- Violence has subsided in the Central African Republic’s capital of Bangui after a week of conflict, but the lack of security and an ineffective justice system are enduring problems, a relief worker in the country has said.  

Sheer 'barbarism' against Middle East families must end

Oct 11, 2014 - 03:35 pm .- The Synod of Bishops on Friday denounced “barbaric” violence in the Middle East, saying the Holy Family’s flight to Egypt offers a sign of hope and reconciliation for all families suffering due to armed conflict.  

The Middle East: A deficiency of love, says Lebanese speaker

Sep 23, 2014 - 04:29 pm .- Beneath the complex and violent situation in the Middle East lies a deficiency of love, said Lebanese-born Christian André Houssney at a recent talk in Boulder, Colo.  

Cardinal Dolan: Ukraine 'flowing with blood,' America must speak up

Sep 17, 2014 - 01:51 pm .- Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York has urged U.S. Catholics to listen to the “chilling” pleas of Greek-Catholic bishops who say Ukraine is “flowing with blood” due to the Russian military’s actions.

Death toll rises in Central African violence

Sep 16, 2014 - 02:28 am .- Thousands more people have died in ongoing violence in the Central African Republic since December, and many more of the dead may never be counted, new estimates suggest.  

Brutally slain nuns recalled as women 'enamored' with God

Sep 11, 2014 - 04:21 pm .- Remembering the lives of the three Xaverian Missionary nuns murdered in Burundi over the weekend, the order’s vicar general hailed them as simple women in love with God and those they served.  

War is never inevitable: Pope Francis rues 'senseless slaughter'

Sep 8, 2014 - 05:30 am .- In a message sent to inter-religious faith leaders attending a conference on peace, Pope Francis proposed that there are always alternatives to war and urged participants to seek avenues of dialogue.

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