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Pope Francis gives his weekly Angelus address on Sunday, Aug. 7, 2022.

‘Violence kills the future’: Pope Francis condemns Israeli-Palestinian conflict after 2 boys die

Nov 27, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

“I hope that the Israeli and Palestinian authorities will more readily take to heart the search for dialogue...” Pope Francis... Read more

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‘We don’t want to live in war,’ says bishop in violence-plagued Mexico

Oct 24, 2022

By CNA Staff

Bishop Juan Manuel González Sandoval of Tarahumara made his comments amid growing violence and a recent shootout involving organized crime... Read more

Windows were smashed at St. Louise Catholic Church in Bellevue, Washington, on June 28, 2022.

Report assesses threats to religious pro-life Americans following overturn of Roe v. Wade

Sep 9, 2022

By Jonah McKeown

The Religious Freedom Institute concluded that conditions remain in place for more attacks against pro-life entities and people to occur... Read more

The altar of St. Augustine Catholic Church in Brooklyn, New York, was damaged by vandals in May 2022.

Republican lawmakers demand DOJ act on anti-Catholic attacks

Aug 31, 2022

By Edie Heipel

A group of Republican lawmakers sent a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland on Tuesday condemning his inaction over the... Read more

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Priest and seminarians robbed amid a wave of church violence in Mexico

Aug 31, 2022

By David Ramos

At about 8 a.m. on Aug. 29, criminals entered the Saints of America parish on Mexico City’s south side and... Read more

Members of Actívate (Get Active) deliver more than 33,000 signatures to the Mexican Ministry of the Interior (SEGOB) and the attorney general’s office Aug. 24, 2022, demanding justice for two Jesuit priests murdered in June.

More than 33,000 signatures presented to Mexican authorities demanding justice for slain priests

Aug 26, 2022

By CNA Staff

The Mexican platform Actívate (Get Active) on Aug. 24 delivered the signatures to the Ministry of the Interior and the... Read more

Firefighters work at the scene of a burnt collective transport vehicle after it was set on fire by unidentified individuals in Tijuana, Baja California state, Mexico, on Aug. 12, 2022.

Archbishop condemns attacks by organized crime in US-Mexico border area

Aug 16, 2022

By CNA Staff

Francisco Moreno Barrón, the archbishop of Tijuana, Mexico, condemned the 20 attacks carried out in several towns in the state... Read more

Bishop Jesús González Hernández

Bishop tells Mexican people not to remain silent amid acts of violence

Aug 1, 2022

By CNA Staff

During a July 30 Mass in Chilpancingo’s town square, the bishop said that “those of us who can speak, must... Read more

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Report: 1 cardinal and 57 priests killed in the last 30 years in Mexico

Jul 8, 2022

By David Ramos

The document comes as the faithful in Mexico prepare to observe a Day of Prayer for Peace in Mexico on... Read more

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Church leaders in Mexico call for days of prayer for peace amid increasing violence

Jul 5, 2022

By David Ramos

“There is a wound to heal and there is the strength that the country needs today to build peace,” the... Read more

The Cathedral of the Assumption of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven in Mexico City, Mexico

Mexican bishops: The country is spattered in the blood of the dead and disappeared

Jun 26, 2022

By David Ramos

"Our Mexico is being spattered in the blood of so many dead and disappeared," the Catholic Church in the country... Read more

Cap-Haitien, Haiti.

Priest shot dead in Haiti

Sep 8, 2021

By CNA Staff

Father André Sylvestre, 70, was shot to death in Cap-Haitien on Monday, outside a bank where he had just completed... Read more

Anarchy and chaos must never again be the protagonists in Colombia, bishops urge

Jun 28, 2021

By Walter Sanchez Silva

The bishops of the Pacific and the southwestern regions of Colombia spoke out about the current situation in the country... Read more

Fr. Robinson de Castro Cunha examines a bullet that landed at his feet during Mass January 31.

Stray bullet falls at feet of priest celebrating Mass in Brazil

Feb 2, 2021

By CNA Staff

A stray bullet pierced the roof of a church in Brazil this weekend as a Catholic priest was celebrating Mass.... Read more

Mexican flag.

Mexican bishops call for peace in the US after violence at the Capitol

Jan 7, 2021

The Secretary General of the Mexican Bishops Conference made a call on behalf of the Mexican episcopate for peace to... Read more

A farmer and militia fighter in northwest Ethiopia.

Ethiopia's bishops call for peace, as deadly regional conflict worsens

Nov 11, 2020

A conflict between the Ethiopian government and the government of Ethiopia’s Tigray region must halt immediately, or it will destroy... Read more

‘We're sitting on a powder keg,’ says Catholic bishop after youth beaten to death

Sep 10, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

An Italian bishop spoke this week about a “climate of violence” after a 21-year-old man was beaten to death in... Read more

Archbishop Bernard Longley of Birmingham.

Church leaders pray for peace following stabbings in Birmingham, England

Sep 7, 2020

Catholic and Anglican leaders in Birmingham, England, said they were praying for peace Monday after an attack that left one... Read more

Colombian bishops pray for peace following murder of 13 young people

Aug 19, 2020

The Colombian Bishops’ Conference appealed for peace following two brutal massacres of young people last week in the country. In... Read more

Scene in front of the federal courthouse in downtown Portland July 25, 2020. 

Portland archbishop decries violence, calls for peaceful efforts against racism

Jul 27, 2020

The archbishop of Portland, Oregon is urging Catholics to learn about and study how to respond to the sin of... Read more