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Internally Displaced Persons make camp next to the Cathedral on November 10, 2013 in Bossangoa, Central African Republic.

Conflict puts Central African refugees in 'horrendous' situation

Jan 9, 2014

As the refugee situation in the Central African Republic continues to worsen, Catholic Relief Services says it is working to... Read more

Women carry placards with messages of peace during a UN visit in the Democratic Republic of the Congo on May 23, 2013.

Drastic increase in murders of religious, missionaries in 2013

Jan 8, 2014

The Church throughout the world has expereince increased violence in the past year, according to a recent global report on... Read more

Refugees from South Sudan.

South Sudanese Christians call for end to violence

Jan 4, 2014

Christian leaders in South Sudan have responded to new violence with a call for peace and reconciliation, urging their countrymen... Read more

  View of Dhaka, Bangladesh taken on April 17, 2012 (cropped).

Bangladeshi bishop calls for peace amid pre-election violence

Jan 3, 2014

As Bangladesh experiences widespread strikes and violent protests in the run-up to its parliamentary elections, the bishop of the nation's... Read more

Faithful in the Central African Republic gather to pray for peace.

Seeking hope, Central Africans pray novena for peace

Dec 19, 2013

As severe violence continues to afflict the Central African Republic, Catholics are praying a novena for peace and encouraging forgiveness... Read more

Mourners gather inside St. Rose of Lima Church at a vigil service for victims of the Sandy Hook School shooting Dec. 14, 2012 in Newtown, Conn.

Bishop: Christ's love conquers sorrow of Sandy Hook

Dec 14, 2013

By Kevin J. Jones

One year after the murder of 20 school children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.,... Read more

Ruben Allen hugs his son Alex Allen, 17, after a school shooting on Dec. 13, 2013 at Arapahoe High School in Centennial, CO. Mother JoAnne Allen is right.

Archbishop offers prayers in wake of Colo. high school shooting

Dec 13, 2013

The archbishop of Denver has voiced deep sadness and promised prayers for the victims of a shooting at a Colorado... Read more

A man holds a machete (aka Balaka in Songo) on Nov. 8, 2013 in the outskirts of Bangui, Central African Republic.

Central African Republic mired in violence amid threat of genocide

Dec 10, 2013

By Michelle La Rosa, Carl Bunderson

A year of violence threatening the stability of the Central African Republic has escalated in recent weeks, leaving more than... Read more

 Bishop Joseph Coutts of Karachi speaks with CNA on Oct. 11, 2013.

Pakistan bishop says attacks on Christians fueled by politics

Oct 14, 2013

By Elise Harris

Amid recent violence against Christians in Pakistan, a leading bishop says that the attacks are deeply rooted in the political... Read more

Supreme Knight Carl Anderson.

Knights of Columbus aid ongoing response to Newtown shooting

Oct 2, 2013

St. Rose of Lima Catholic Parish of Newtown, Conn., received a $100,000 gift from the Knights of Columbus to support... Read more

Emergency vehicles and law enforcement personnel respond to shots at the Washington Navy Yard Sept. 16, 2013.

Leaders call for prayer in response to deadly DC shooting

Sep 16, 2013

By Adelaide Mena

U.S. leaders are offering prayers for the nation following a shooting at the Navy Yard in southeast Washington, D.C., that... Read more

Cardinal Timothy Dolan. Bishop Richard E. Pates.

US bishops join Pope in urging Sept. 7 prayer, fasting for Syria

Sep 4, 2013

By Adelaide Mena

The U.S. bishops are encouraging Catholics in the country and all those concerned about ongoing violence in Syria to join... Read more

A makeshift memorial for slain Australian college student Christopher Lane outside the neighborhood where he was killed.

Okla. 'thrill kill' denounced as rejection of human dignity

Sep 3, 2013

By Adelaide Mena

A recent alleged “thrill kill” in Oklahoma reveals a blatant lack of respect for the dignity of human life that... Read more

Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue on August 29, 2013.

Vatican cardinal: peace among religions possible in Middle East

Aug 29, 2013

The cardinal who heads the Vatican’s interreligious dialogue department said that religious differences in the Middle East do not necessitate... Read more

Protesters take part in the Egyptian March on Washington D.C. August 22, 2013.

Protest over Egypt violence draws hundreds to nation's capital

Aug 23, 2013

By Adelaide Mena

Hundreds of Egyptian Christians and Muslims gathered in Washington. D.C., on Aug. 22 to protest acts of terror directed against... Read more

US urged to recognize Nigerian extremist group as terrorists

Aug 21, 2013

Several U.S. religious liberty groups are renewing calls for the federal government to officially recognize Nigerian Islamic extremist group Boko... Read more

Syrians streaming into Kurdistan, Iraq on August 15, 2013.

Twenty-thousand Syrian Kurds forced to take refuge in Iraq

Aug 21, 2013

Following recent clashes in Syria between al-Qaeda linked opposition groups and Kurdish forces, 20,000 Syrian refugees have fled to Iraqi... Read more


Priest in Italy suspects mafia behind attack on parish

Aug 20, 2013

A priest in southern Italy believes that local mafia members may be behind a recent attack on his parish after... Read more

An Egyptian man stands amongst debris in the Nasr City district on August 14, 2013 in Cairo, Egypt.

Egyptian patriarch calls recent violence a 'war' on terrorism

Aug 19, 2013

By Carl Bunderson

The head of the Coptic Catholic Church has expressed solidarity with other Egyptians over the wave of violence that has... Read more

Egyptian security forces clear Cairo protest camps Aug 14-2013.

Pope, religious freedom advocates lament Egyptian violence

Aug 15, 2013

Pope Francis joined proponents of religious liberty in voicing grief at the “painful news” of more than 600 deaths and... Read more