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Protestors held candles as they shouted hands up during a protest in Ferguson.

St. Louis archbishop urges prayer in face of Ferguson violence

Aug 19, 2014

Following more than a week of protests after the death of an African-American teen, the Archdiocese of St. Louis is... Read more

Bishops hold Mass and procession on US border in support of immigration reform.

Refugees fleeing violence deserve care, bishops emphasize

Aug 8, 2014

Catholic bishops are highlighting the need to care for refugees fleeing violent situations in their homelands as the ongoing influx... Read more

Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama of Jos, President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria.

Violence in Nigeria has 'no boundaries' now, archbishop says

Jul 25, 2014

By Elise Harris

In wake of two bombings this week in Nigeria, targeting both an Islamic scholar and a senior politician, Archbishop Ignatius... Read more

The Don Bosco Youth Symphonic Orchestra. Photo courtesy of Fr. Jose Maria Moratalla Escudero.

El Salvador youth saved from violence by music

Jul 24, 2014

Nearly 1,000 children and teens who live in violent, crime-ridden areas of El Salvador have turned to the Don Bosco... Read more

Hundreds of people in Washington D.C. gathered for prayer and adoration alongside World Youth Day pilgrims in Rio de Janeiro July 27, 2013.

Archbishop Kurtz: Do not forget the power of prayer amid violence

Jul 23, 2014

Surrounded by numerous violent conflicts throughout the world, the faithful should not forget the power of prayer, said Archbishop Joseph... Read more

Empty Bullet Casings.

In deadly conflict, Boko Haram captures key Nigerian town

Jul 23, 2014

Islamic militant group Boko Haram has taken control of the northeastern Nigeria town of Damboa in a July 18 attack... Read more

Gaza hit by Israeli airstrikes.

Amid violence, priest opts to stay with parishioners in Gaza

Jul 20, 2014

Argentinean priest Father Jorge Hernandez, pastor of Holy Family Parish in the Gaza strip, has decided to stay with his... Read more

Jerusalem. Photo

Violence begets violence, Church leaders in Holy Land declare

Jul 9, 2014

By Elise Harris

In a declaration issued by the Catholic Ordinaries in the Holy Land, Church leaders decried ongoing violence in the region,... Read more

Iraqi Christians light candles affter attencing Christmas Mass in Baghdad on Dec. 25, 2008.

Catholic aid organizations scramble to meet Iraqi needs

Jul 3, 2014

By Elise Harris

In a tumultuous Iraq facing an increasingly uncertain future, Catholic charity organizations are rallying to meet the immediate needs of... Read more

Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi.

Vatican grieves deaths of three kidnapped Israeli teenagers

Jun 30, 2014

Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi released a statement voicing Pope Francis' condolences over three kidnapped Israeli teenagers found dead on... Read more

Fr. Rif'at Bader participates in the Oasis foundation conference in Sarajevo, Bosnia June 17, 2014.

Shame of ongoing violence must stop, Jordanian priest affirms

Jun 17, 2014

By Elise Harris

The spokesman for the Catholic Church in Amman, Jordan, has decried the continuous bloodshed in the Middle East, expressing his... Read more

Displaced persons in the Central African Republic received aid from CRS in May 2014.

Catholic archbishop aids Muslim refugees in Central African Republic

Jun 16, 2014

A Catholic archbishop in the violence-ridden Central African Republic recently reached out to a group of 600 Muslim refugees, saying... Read more

Young priest's murder shocks, grieves Arizona community

Jun 12, 2014

A 28-year-old priest was shot and killed, and another critically wounded, at a Catholic church in Phoenix Wednesday night.  Read more

United Nations Headquarters in New York City.

UN deplores gruesome rape, murder of teenage girls in India

Jun 10, 2014

By Elise Harris

United Nations secretary-general Ban Ki-moon has decried the rape and murder of two Indian teens, stating that the crime is... Read more

Islamist militia in Central African Republic. Photo courtesy of Aid to the Church in Need.

Central African Republic still seeking peace amid violent attacks

Jun 8, 2014

Following continued attacks on churches in the Central African Republic, the country still looks forward to a return to a... Read more

Displaced persons in the Central African Republic received aid from CRS in May 2014.

'Dire' situation continues in Central African Republic

May 21, 2014

By Michelle La Rosa

An ongoing lack of security in the Central African Republic is among the challenges facing those who long for peace,... Read more

Over 2,500 civilians sought refuge at the base of the UN Mission in South Sudan March 6, 2013 after violence broke out in Pibor, Jonglei State.

Catholic religious in South Sudan plead for peace

May 20, 2014

The Catholic religious congregations of South Sudan have urged their countrymen to reject violence, calling on the country’s leaders to... Read more

[Graphic] A pile of bodies from the recent massacre in Bentiu, South Sudan. Photo courtesy of the Office of Rep. Frank Wolf.

US urged to act before South Sudan violence becomes genocide (Graphic Photo)

May 2, 2014

Describing reports of atrocities coming out of South Sudan, U.S. Congressman Frank Wolf (R-Va.) called Wednesday for immediate action to... Read more

Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick met with religious leaders in the CAR to discuss possible solutions to end recent violence.

Cardinal McCarrick visits Central African Republic, promotes peace

Apr 21, 2014

By Adelaide Mena

Despite the violence currently plaguing the Central African Republic, Cardinal Theodore McCarrick believes the country can recover if it abandons... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the Basilica of St. John Lateran on April 7, 2013

Pope decries escalating violence in South Sudan

Mar 24, 2014

By Elise Harris

In a letter sent to the archbishop of the South Sudanese capital Juba, Pope Francis urged the nation's citizens to... Read more