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Ash Wednesday celebration at St. Patrick cathedral in Maiduguri, Feb. 26, 2020

‘At every time, you could be a target’: Despite danger, Nigerian priest ministers to refugees of terrorism

Jul 16, 2021

By Matt Hadro

A Nigerian priest who ministers to trauma victims in the country’s northeast says he is aware of the danger priests... Read more

Fr. Jacques Hamel.

Probe into Fr. Jacques Hamel’s murder shows attackers’ links to ISIS

Jul 7, 2021

By Courtney Mares

The priest was killed at Mass on July 26, 2016. Read more

Counterterrorism operations in Peru's Valle de los Ríos Apurímac, Ene y Mantaro. Credit: Ministerio de Defensa del Perú via Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Peruvian bishops condemn mass killing by the Shining Path

May 25, 2021

By Walter Sanchez Silva

The president of the Peruvian bishops’ conference has condemned Sunday’s killing of 16 persons by the Shining Path, a communist... Read more

Ambulances are seen outside the church premises with gathered people and security personnel following a blast at the St. Anthony's Shrine in Kochchikade, Colombo on April 21, 2019.

Two years after Easter attacks, Sri Lankan Catholics still calling for answers

Mar 21, 2021

By CNA Staff

Catholic leaders in Sri Lanka are urging the government to step up its efforts to investigate the 2019 Easter Sunday... Read more

Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith outside his residence in Colombo, Sri Lanka on Jan. 13, 2015.

Catholic bishops urge Sri Lankan government to release report on 2019 Easter bombings

Feb 24, 2021

The Sri Lankan government must release its report on the Easter 2019 terrorist attack on Christian churches and hotels, say... Read more

UN adopts resolution on protecting religious sites

Jan 22, 2021

The U.N. General Assembly adopted a resolution Thursday calling for greater efforts to protect religious sites from acts of terrorism... Read more

Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, Secretary for Relations with States within the Holy See's Secretariat of State, at the Vatican Oct. 27, 2017.

Vatican archbishop expresses ‘grave concern’ at rise in attacks on believers at prayer

Dec 4, 2020

A Vatican archbishop expressed “grave concern” Thursday at the rise in attacks on believers praying in places of worship.  Read more

St. Rupert’s Catholic Church in Vienna, Austria.

Vienna terror attack reportedly intended to target church youth group

Dec 2, 2020

A gunman affiliated with the Islamic State had planned to attack a Catholic youth group meeting at a church in... Read more

Portraits of Nadine Devillers, Vincent Loques, and Simone Barreto Silva. Screengrab from the livestream of the Nice attack victims' memorial Nov. 7, 2020.

Pope Francis to meet with families of the victims of the Nice basilica attack

Nov 7, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis will meet with families of the victims of the Nice basilica attack, the city’s mayor said Saturday at... Read more

Austrian police.

Shooting in Vienna 'apparent terrorist attack'

Nov 2, 2020

Exchanges of gunfire Monday night between police and unknown assailants in Vienna come after several days of apparently Islamist attacks... Read more

Police seal off the street after the attack at the basilica in Nice, France, Oct. 29, 2020.

French police make six arrests over Nice terror attack

Nov 2, 2020

By Courtney Mares

French police have arrested a total of six men in their investigation into the attack on the Basilica of Notre-Dame... Read more

Basilica of Notre-Dame in Nice, France.

Nice basilica terrorist attack: Who were the victims?

Oct 29, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Bells tolled in Catholic parishes across France in memory of the three people killed in a knife attack at the... Read more

Pope Francis prays for victims of terrorist attack at French basilica

Oct 29, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

After three people were killed in a terrorist attack in a basilica in Nice, France, on Thursday, a Vatican spokesman... Read more

The Basilica of Notre-Dame de Nice in France.

French Catholic bishops ask churches to toll bells in memory of three killed in basilica attack

Oct 29, 2020

The French bishops asked churches across the country to toll their bells Thursday in memory of three people killed at... Read more

Cardinal Robert Sarah, Prefect for the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments.

Cardinal Sarah says West must wake up to threat of Islamism after three killed at French Catholic church

Oct 29, 2020

Vatican Cardinal Robert Sarah said Thursday that the West must wake up to the threat of Islamism after three people... Read more

The Basilica of Notre-Dame de Nice in France.

Three dead in terrorist attack at French basilica

Oct 29, 2020

An attacker armed with a knife killed three people at a church in Nice and wounded others, police in the... Read more

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo lays a wreath at St. Anthony's Shrine, Kochchikade, in Colombo, Oct. 28, 2020.

US Secretary of State visits a site of Sri Lanka’s 2019 Easter bombings

Oct 28, 2020

During a visit to Sri Lanka on Wednesday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited St. Anthony’s Shrine, Kochchikade, one... Read more

Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith of Colombo, Jan. 13, 2015.

Catholics have forgiven Easter church bombers, says cardinal

Apr 13, 2020

Sri Lanka’s Catholics have forgiven the bombers who struck their churches last Easter, Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith has said.  Read more

Pope Francis at the general audience in St. Peter's Square on January 31, 2018.

One year after declaration on fraternity, pope calls for end to terrorism

Feb 4, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis Tuesday marked the first anniversary of the joint signing of the Abu Dhabi document on human fraternity with... Read more

Archbishop William Lori.

Archbishop Lori calls for increase in security funding for religious sites

Jan 14, 2020

Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore joined two U.S. senators and several religious leaders this week in calling for additional federal... Read more