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

Violence subsides in Central African capital, but what next?

Oct 14, 2014

By Kevin J. Jones

Violence has subsided in the Central African Republic’s capital of Bangui after a week of conflict, but the lack of... Read more

Syrian Christian refugees.

Sheer 'barbarism' against Middle East families must end

Oct 11, 2014

The Synod of Bishops on Friday denounced “barbaric” violence in the Middle East, saying the Holy Family’s flight to Egypt... Read more

Andre Houssney speaks at the Aquinas Institute for Catholic Thought in Boulder, Colorado on Sept. 18, 2014.

The Middle East: A deficiency of love, says Lebanese speaker

Sep 23, 2014

Beneath the complex and violent situation in the Middle East lies a deficiency of love, said Lebanese-born Christian André Houssney... Read more

Protestors can take refuge and pray for peace in one of two tent-chapels on Maidan Square in Kiev.

Cardinal Dolan: Ukraine 'flowing with blood,' America must speak up

Sep 17, 2014

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York has urged U.S. Catholics to listen to the “chilling” pleas of Greek-Catholic bishops who... Read more

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

Death toll rises in Central African violence

Sep 16, 2014

Thousands more people have died in ongoing violence in the Central African Republic since December, and many more of the... Read more

(L-R, Top Left Image) Sr. Bernadetta Boggia, Sr. Olga Raschietti and Sr. Lucia Pulici, at work in Berundi. Photo courtesy of Xaverian Missionaries.

Brutally slain nuns recalled as women 'enamored' with God

Sep 11, 2014

By Elise Harris

Remembering the lives of the three Xaverian Missionary nuns murdered in Burundi over the weekend, the order’s vicar general hailed... Read more

Pope Francis on the papal flight to South Korea on Aug. 14, 2014.

War is never inevitable: Pope Francis rues 'senseless slaughter'

Sep 8, 2014

By Elise Harris

In a message sent to inter-religious faith leaders attending a conference on peace, Pope Francis proposed that there are always... Read more

Patriarch Bartholomew.

Orthodox patriarch denounces ISIS violence, stresses dialogue

Aug 25, 2014

The Ecumenical Patriarch of the Eastern Orthodox Church has spoken out against the persecution of religious minorities in Iraq, calling... Read more

James Foley. Photo courtesy of Marquette University.

Marquette professor recalls James Foley as 'bright light'

Aug 22, 2014

By Kevin J. Jones

Executed journalist James Foley was fearless in his quest to advance justice in the world, and his courage inspired many... Read more

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