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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.

Orthodox patriarch denounces ISIS violence, stresses dialogue

Aug 25, 2014 - 02:10 pm .- The Ecumenical Patriarch of the Eastern Orthodox Church has spoken out against the persecution of religious minorities in Iraq, calling for dialogue and immediate humanitarian aid.  

Marquette professor recalls James Foley as 'bright light'

Aug 22, 2014 - 10:06 am .- Executed journalist James Foley was fearless in his quest to advance justice in the world, and his courage inspired many students at his alma mater, a professor at his former university reflected.

St. Louis archbishop urges prayer in face of Ferguson violence

Aug 19, 2014 - 05:12 pm .- Following more than a week of protests after the death of an African-American teen, the Archdiocese of St. Louis is asking Catholics to offer special prayers for peace in the coming days.

Refugees fleeing violence deserve care, bishops emphasize

Aug 8, 2014 - 06:10 am .- Catholic bishops are highlighting the need to care for refugees fleeing violent situations in their homelands as the ongoing influx of unaccompanied child migrants into the U.S. continues.

Violence in Nigeria has 'no boundaries' now, archbishop says

Jul 25, 2014 - 12:33 pm .- In wake of two bombings this week in Nigeria, targeting both an Islamic scholar and a senior politician, Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama has called for greater proactive efforts to identify all violent groups.

El Salvador youth saved from violence by music

Jul 24, 2014 - 02:12 am .- Nearly 1,000 children and teens who live in violent, crime-ridden areas of El Salvador have turned to the Don Bosco Youth Symphonic Orchestra as an alternative to a life of drugs and conflict.

Archbishop Kurtz: Do not forget the power of prayer amid violence

Jul 23, 2014 - 10:50 am .- Surrounded by numerous violent conflicts throughout the world, the faithful should not forget the power of prayer, said Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

In deadly conflict, Boko Haram captures key Nigerian town

Jul 23, 2014 - 02:01 am .- Islamic militant group Boko Haram has taken control of the northeastern Nigeria town of Damboa in a July 18 attack that killed at least 40 people.

Amid violence, priest opts to stay with parishioners in Gaza

Jul 20, 2014 - 04:03 pm .- Argentinean priest Father Jorge Hernandez, pastor of Holy Family Parish in the Gaza strip, has decided to stay with his parishioners despite three missile strikes near his parish earlier this week.

Violence begets violence, Church leaders in Holy Land declare

Jul 9, 2014 - 02:15 pm .- In a declaration issued by the Catholic Ordinaries in the Holy Land, Church leaders decried ongoing violence in the region, criticizing leaders’ closed-mindedness, and calling for peaceful negotiations.

Catholic aid organizations scramble to meet Iraqi needs

Jul 3, 2014 - 04:56 am .- In a tumultuous Iraq facing an increasingly uncertain future, Catholic charity organizations are rallying to meet the immediate needs of those afflicted by ongoing violence.

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