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Pope Francis at the general audience in St. Peter's Square on Nov. 4, 2015.

Jihadists arrested for threats against Pope Francis, no specific plot known

Dec 2, 2015

Four alleged terrorist sympathizers who made internet threats against Pope Francis have been arrested. While Italian authorities described them as... Read more

Pope Francis arrives to meet with youth at Kasarani stadium in Kenya on Nov. 27, 2015.

Full text of Pope Francis' powerful, unscripted talk with Kenya's youth

Nov 27, 2015

An impassioned Pope Francis went off-the-cuff in a vast, widespread speech to Kenyan youth, touching on challenging topics such as... Read more

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

Pope sends condolences after deadly terrorist attack in Mali

Nov 22, 2015

By Ann Schneible

Pope Francis condemned the “senseless violence” of Friday’s terrorist attack on a hotel which has killed at least 22 people... Read more

Bishop Joseph Chusak (far right) at the Interreligious Peace March for Paris victims in Thailand, Nov. 19, 2015.

Five religions in Thailand send powerful message to people of Paris

Nov 21, 2015

Uniting with other major faith groups at an interreligious ‘March for Peace,’ Thai Catholics on Thursday offered prayers for the... Read more

St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican City.

US embassy: Saint Peter's Basilica a potential terrorist target

Nov 19, 2015

St. Peter’s Basilica tops the list of potential targets for terrorist attacks in Rome and Milan, the U.S. Embassy in... Read more

Memorial for Paris attacks at Bataclan Theater, Paris.

Paris archbishop: When the pain is too great, we cling to God

Nov 18, 2015

In a Mass at Notre Dame Cathedral, the archbishop of Paris said that despite the uncertainty and grief surrounding the... Read more

Pope Francis.

Using God’s name to justify violence is 'blasphemy,' Pope Francis says

Nov 15, 2015

By Elise Harris

On Sunday Pope Francis again expressed shock and sorrow for Friday’s terror attacks in Paris, condemning the acts as an... Read more

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

UPDATED: Pope calls Paris terrorist attacks part of 'piecemeal WWIII'

Nov 14, 2015

By Ann Schneible

The acts of terrorism which took place in Paris Friday night are the latest part in what Pope Francis has... Read more

View of St. Peter's Basilica.

Vatican shocked over Paris terror attacks, calls for global response

Nov 13, 2015

After Friday evening's devastating terror attacks throughout Paris that are reported to have claimed over 100 lives, the Vatican voiced... Read more

Police survey the area of Boulevard Baumarchais after an attack in the French capital on November 13, 2015 in Paris, France.

Catholics unite in prayer as Paris terror siege continues

Nov 13, 2015

Amid devastating attacks at locations throughout Paris, Church leaders are calling for prayer.  Read more

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

Pope Francis assures his prayers, solidarity after deadly Bangkok attacks

Aug 19, 2015

By Elise Harris

After two bombings this week in the Thai capital of Bangkok left several dead, injured and fearful of other attacks,... Read more

Lafayette, LA police stand outside of the Grand Theater on July 23, 2015 after a gunman opened fire inside the theater.

After theater shooting, Lafayette bishop offers sympathy and prayer

Jul 24, 2015

Catholics in Louisiana are stunned by Thursday's deadly mass shooting at a Lafayette movie theater and are praying for those... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the Pontifical North American College in Rome on May 2, 2015.

Beware of 'white-gloved' terrorism, Pope tells Middle East nuns

May 18, 2015

By Ann Schneible

One day after canonizing the first two Palestinian saints since the early days of Christianity, Pope Francis met with a... Read more

Kayla Mueller. Photo courtesy of the Mueller Family.

'I find God in suffering': The gripping life and death of Kayla Mueller

May 1, 2015

By Elise Harris, Alan Holdren

Kayla Mueller, the young human rights activist who was killed earlier this year while being held hostage by ISIS, was... Read more

JPII Rosary.

After vision of Christ, Nigerian bishop says rosary will bring down Boko Haram

Apr 21, 2015

By Alan Holdren

A Nigerian bishop says that he has seen Christ in a vision and now knows that the rosary is the... Read more

Cardinal Njue at Nairobi's Chiromo mortuary. Photo courtesy of Waumini Communications KCCB.

Kenyan bishop laments terrorism, calls for unity

Apr 13, 2015

In the wake of the recent massacre of 148 people – mainly Christians – at a university in the Kenyan... Read more

Pope Francis prays at the General Audience Sept. 25, 2013.

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

Mar 19, 2015

By Elise Harris

On behalf of Pope Francis, the Vatican’s Secretariat of State has sent a letter to the archbishop of Tunisia, assuring... Read more

The Chaldean Patriarch of Babylon, Louis Sako, speaks during a prayer vigil at St. John Lateran in Rome, Oct. 23, 2014.

Leading Iraqi Christian calls on Muslims to confront 'culture of hatred'

Jan 23, 2015

The Chaldean Patriarch of Babylon has encouraged Iraqi Muslims to confront violent extremists, stressing the need to return to peaceful... Read more

A copy of Charlie Hebdo magazine from a French bookstore in London, Jan. 16, 2015.

Pope Francis decries Charlie Hebdo motivated attacks in Niger

Jan 21, 2015

By Ann Schneible

Pope Francis condemned deadly protests in Niger during which dozens of churches were torched over the weekend, stressing that religious... Read more

A still image from an amateur video posted on Youtube shows a moment of the assault on satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, Jan. 7, 2015.

Vatican condemns 'horrible attack' on French newspaper

Pope Francis has voiced his “strongest condemnation” of the “horrible attack” on a French satirical newspaper that published insulting cartoons... Read more