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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

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

Bishop Robert Deeley of Portland.

Portland bishop says religious prejudice 'cannot be tolerated'

Jan 3, 2020

During his homily for Mass on Wednesday, Bishop Robert Deeley of Portland urged Catholics not to tolerate “any kind” of... Read more

Syrian refugee child.

Report: Over past decade, 170,000 children had rights 'gravely violated'

Jan 3, 2020

The past decade saw troubling levels of violence against children, with some 45 children seeing their rights “gravely violated” each... Read more

Sr. Mary Gianna Thornby, DLJC. Courtesy Photo.

After Columbine: How one survivor found faith, and a vocation

Dec 30, 2019

By Jonah McKeown

Many years before she entered religious life, Sister Mary Gianna Thornby was an ordinary high school sophomore at Columbine High... Read more

Burkina Faso bishop: As violence continues, 'nobody is listening'

Dec 5, 2019

Following the death of more than a dozen Christians in a church shooting over the weekend, a Burkina Faso bishop... Read more

A soldier from Burkina Faso takes part in a training exercise near Ouagadougo, Burkina Faso in April 2018.

In West Africa, Church leaders meet to discuss humanitarian crisis

Nov 20, 2019

Bishops and Catholic leaders from West Africa concluded a two-day meeting last week by reaffirming their commitment to work for... Read more

A father and daughter are reunited near Saugus High School after a Nov 14. 2019 shooting.

Archbishop Gomez prays for victims of California high school shooting

Nov 15, 2019

The Archbishop of Los Angeles has encouraged the community to pray for victims of a shooting at a high school... Read more

Mexican police in Ciudad Juarez.

Family is key to break Mexico’s cycle of violence, priest says

Oct 24, 2019

As violence continues to plague parts of Mexico, one priest in the country stressed the importance of strong families in... Read more

Soldiers patrol in Culiacan on Oct. 18, 2019.

Mexican diocese prays for peace as capture, release of El Chapo's son sparks violence

Oct 18, 2019

Following hours of heavy fighting in a city in Northern Mexico as officials detained and then released the son of... Read more

Mexican archbishop denounces 'shameful corruption'

Sep 24, 2019

Archbishop Hipólito Reyes Larios of Xalapa in the state of Veracruz, Mexico, decried “shameful corruption” in the country and called... Read more

The flag of Colombia.

Colombian bishop decries assassination of mayoral candidate

Sep 4, 2019

The secretary general of the Colombian bishops' conference has deplored the assassination of Karina García, a mayoral candidate in the... Read more