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Syrian Christian refugees.

Vatican representative at UN pleads for end to Syria 'bloodbath'

May 16, 2013

The apostolic nuncio to the United Nations urged those with influence over the warring parties in Syria to encourage them... Read more

Rep Chris Smith listens during an October 4 Helsinki Commission hearing.

Britain urged to investigate murder of Irish human rights champion

May 16, 2013

By Adelaide Mena

Witnesses and congressmen at a U.S. hearing renewed a call to the British government to launch a public inquiry into... Read more

Bishop Richard E. Pates of Des Moines, chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on International Justice and Peace.

US bishops promote rule banning Congo militia funding

May 6, 2013

By Adelaide Mena

The U.S. bishops have reiterated their support for a federal regulation that would block American investments from supporting militias in... Read more


Venezuelan cardinal calls for end to violence

May 3, 2013

Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino of Caracas exhorted Venezuelans to listen to the call of Pope Francis to end the violence... Read more

FOCUS prayer breakfast remembers Boston bombing victims

May 1, 2013

A Fellowship of Catholic University Students’ breakfast near Boston offered prayers for the victims of the marathon bombings, as speakers encouraged... Read more

Albuquerque Police.

Stabbing attack at New Mexico church hospitalizes four

Apr 29, 2013

A 24-year-old man has been arrested after allegedly stabbing several members of the choir at a Catholic church in Albuquerque,... Read more

Security Council members vote during a session on April 25, 2013.

Archbishop denounces sexual violence in war

Apr 25, 2013

By Kevin J. Jones

The Holy See’s apostolic nuncio to the United Nations has called for more action to prevent “heinous acts” of sexual... Read more

Bishop Kyrillos William Samaan of Assiut.

Egyptian police accused of siding with cathedral attackers

Apr 20, 2013

A media representative for Egypt's Catholic bishops echoed concerns that police sided with Islamic extremists who attacked a funeral service... Read more

Cardinal Sean O'Malley celebrates Mass at Domus Galilee during a pilgrimage to the Holy Land.

Prayer vigils offer solidarity after Boston attack

Apr 18, 2013

In the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings, people of diverse faith backgrounds are uniting in prayer for the victims... Read more

St. Clement's Eucharistic Shrine in Boston.

Boston priest comforts locals, says Christ offers 'real healing'

Apr 16, 2013

A priest who offered consolation to passers-by after the explosion at the Boston Marathon said that the event left him... Read more

President Barack Obama.

Political leaders encourage hope amid Boston tragedy

Apr 16, 2013

In the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings, state and federal lawmakers are offering assistance and support to the people... Read more

A family leaves flowers in front of the home of the Richard family whose eight-year-old son, Martin, was killed during the Boston explosions.

Slain Catholic boy remembered by Boston community

Apr 16, 2013

The young Catholic boy killed when a bomb exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon is being remembered... Read more

Cardinal Seán O'Malley.

Church leaders pray for peace in wake of Boston bombing

Apr 16, 2013

Catholic leaders offered prayers and sent words of peace to those affected by the explosions at the Boston Marathon, encouraging... Read more

A man is loaded into an ambulance after he was injured by one of two bombs exploded during the 117th Boston Marathon near Copley Square on April 15, 2013.

Archdiocese of Boston urges prayers after marathon explosions

Apr 15, 2013

As local police report at least two people dead and dozens injured following a pair of explosions at the finish... Read more


Church bells toll in Colombia for victims of violence

Apr 10, 2013

Church bells across Colombia rang out on Tuesday in a move of solidarity with the thousands of victims of violence... Read more

\Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria.

Egypt's Christians call for peace after attack on Orthodox cathedral

Apr 9, 2013

Christian leaders in Egypt appealed for calm after a mob attacked St. Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Cairo on Sunday... Read more

Pope Francis holds his first general audience on March 27, 2013 in St. Peter's Square.

Pope calls for end to Central African Republic violence

Mar 27, 2013

Pope Francis appealed for an “immediate halt to violence and looting” in the Central African Republic after a coup toppled... Read more

A shell lays in the middle of the street in Homs, Syria, a remnant of the heavy attack leveled on the city 11 June 2012.

Papal agency working to help displaced Syrians

Mar 19, 2013

By Carl Bunderson

Catholic Near East Welfare Association is working with local Churches in and around Syria to help refugees and those who... Read more

Syrian war survivors receive help from the Sisters of Charity of Besançon.

After two years of Syrian violence, religious sisters continue aid

Mar 15, 2013

While the world marks the second anniversary of demonstrations that began what is now the Syrian civil war, the Sisters... Read more

Imprisoned pastor Saeed Abedini.

Jailed Iranian pastor reports 'threatening' abuse

Feb 22, 2013

Christian Pastor Saeed Abedini, a U.S. citizen sentenced to eight years in an Iranian prison, has spoken out about his... Read more