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Fr. Federico Lombardi speaks about Pope Benedict XVI's resignation on Feb.11, 2013

Vatican condemns Nice attack as 'homicidal madness'

Jul 15, 2016

By Elise Harris

After a truck plowed through crowds celebrating Bastille Day in the French city of Nice, killing 84, the Vatican has... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square after the Wednesday general audience, June 1, 2016.

Pope prays for victims of recent attacks in Baghdad and Dhaka

Jul 3, 2016

By Ann Schneible

On Sunday, Pope Francis remembered the victims of attacks in Iraq and Bangladesh over the weekend, and prayed for the... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during the Wednesday General Audience May 28, 2014.

Bangladesh attack an offense against God, humanity, Pope Francis says

Jul 2, 2016

By Elise Harris

Pope Francis has again voiced his sorrow for another “barbarous” terrorist attack, offering his prayers for the families and victims... Read more

Pope Francis prays with journalists on the papal flight en route to South Korea on Aug. 14, 2014.

Pope Francis mourns victims of 'heinous' attack on Istanbul airport

Jun 29, 2016

By Elise Harris

During his Wednesday Angelus address Pope Francis offered prayers for the victims of Tuesday’s deadly attack on an Istanbul airport, asking... Read more

Pope Francis prays at the General Audience in St. Peter's Square, Oct. 2, 2013.

Pope horrified by deadly attack in Orlando

Jun 12, 2016

By Ann Schneible

Pope Francis has offered his prayers and compassion for those affected by Saturday night's shooting at a nightclub in Orlando.  Read more

St. Peter's Basilica.

Arrests made in alleged terror plot against Vatican, Israeli embassy

Apr 29, 2016

Italian police arrested four people and issued arrest warrants for two more on Thursday on suspicion of conspiring with the... Read more

UN flag outside the United Nations headquarters in New York.

When terrorism destroys religious cooperation: the Holy See's message to the UN

Apr 19, 2016

Terrorism in the name of religion is a lie, the head of the Holy See’s mission to the United Nations... Read more

How to fight extremism? Unite for religious liberty, rabbi says

Apr 18, 2016

Facing a rising tide of anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, and government crackdowns on religious practice, European religious communities must stand together, insisted... Read more

Ten-year-old Sema was captured by Boko Haram and held captive for eight months.

Two years after Boko Haram's schoolgirl kidnappings, has anything changed?

Apr 14, 2016

Two years ago, radical Islamists with the militant group Boko Haram stormed a school in Chibok, Nigeria, kidnapping 276 teen... Read more

Survivor of Brussels terror attack writes letter of hope to unborn baby

Mar 28, 2016

“...I just want to tell you that life is a wonderful thing, and the world is really full of remarkable... Read more

Pope Francis prays with journalists on the papal flight en route to South Korea on Aug. 14, 2014.

Pope condemns 'cowardly' attack on Pakistani Christians

Mar 28, 2016

Pope Francis on Monday mourned the loss of life in Pakistan, where more than 70 people – mostly women and... Read more

A young girl lights a candle at a Marian Grotto in Pakistan.

Christian Easter celebrations targeted in Pakistan suicide bombing

Mar 27, 2016

A crowded park in Lahore, Pakistan where Christian families were celebrating Easter Sunday was the site of an apparent suicide... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during the Wednesday general audience on May 28, 2014.

Pope prays for victims of terror strike at Iraq football stadium

Mar 27, 2016

Pope Francis has sent a his condolences following the suicide attack against a football stadium in Iskanderiyah, Iraq which killed... Read more

Pope Francis delivers Urbi et Orbi blessing at St Peters Basilica on March 27, 2016.

Pope: Easter message brings hope to victims of terrorism, persecution

Mar 27, 2016

By Ann Schneible

In his Urbi et Orbi message for Easter, Pope Francis encouraged victims of terrorism and Christian persecution to find hope... Read more

Pope Francis prays at the Wednesday general audience in St. Peter's Square on Oct. 2, 2013.

Pope Francis observes moment of silence for Belgium attack victims

Mar 23, 2016

By Elise Harris

In his general audience the day after terrorist attacks in Belgium claimed the lives of at least 30 people and... Read more

Belgian cathedral.

'Good Friday came early' – Catholic bishops mourn Brussels attacks

Mar 22, 2016

The Holy Week terrorist attacks in Brussels on Tuesday led the city's bishops to mourn and reflect on the deadly... Read more

Pope Francis prays with journalists on the papal flight August 2014.

Pope Francis grieves Belgium attacks, condemns 'blind violence'

Mar 22, 2016

By Elise Harris

On Tuesday Pope Francis offered prayers for the victims of attacks at an airport and metro in Belgium, condemning the... Read more

Barbed wire.

Obama’s plan to close Guantanamo echoes call of US bishops

Feb 23, 2016

By Matt Hadro

U.S. President Barack Obama announced on Tuesday his intent to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility in Cuba, a proposal... Read more

Respond to shootings with courage and compassion, archbishop exhorts

Dec 15, 2015

By Matt Hadro

Meet violence with “resolve and courage” rather than fear and discrimination, the president of the United States bishops' conference said... Read more

Mourners gather at a makeshift memorial near the Inland Regional Center, Dec. 4, 2015 in San Bernardino, California.

Don't let evil win over your hearts, bishop urges after San Bernardino attacks

Dec 9, 2015

Christian, Jewish, and Muslim leaders offered prayers and comfort at an interreligious gathering in San Bernardino on Monday in the... Read more