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Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia celebrates Mass Oct. 20, 2012 at the Altar of the Chair in St. Peter's Basilica.

Archbishop Chaput: Advent's message relevant in wake of tragedy

Dec 18, 2012

The message of Advent is applicable in today’s world, especially in light of the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., the... Read more

A makeshift memorial outside St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church draws mourners on Dec. 16 after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown.

Elementary school massacre 'not part of God’s plan,' Newtown priest says

Dec 16, 2012

By CNA Staff

The motive behind the gunman whose Dec. 14 shooting rampage took the lives of 28 people, including 20 children, is... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI.

Pope 'deeply saddened' by Connecticut shooting

Dec 16, 2012

The Pope expressed sorrow over the Sandy Hook school shooting that massacred 20 children and offered prayers for the victims'... Read more

 Connecticut State Police walk near the scene of an elementary school shooting on Dec. 14, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut.

Catholic priests respond quickly to Conn. school shooting

Dec 14, 2012

By Kevin J. Jones

Several priests of the Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport responded quickly to the mass murder of adults and schoolchildren at a... Read more


Pope makes second appeal for Congo as situation worsens

Dec 5, 2012

The Pope has repeated his plea for international humanitarian aid in the Democratic Republic of Congo just two months after... Read more

Eritrean seminarians at study in Asmara.

Eritrea's forced military service drains Church manpower

Dec 4, 2012

The Eritrean government’s practice of forced military conscription means that seminarians and other church workers are being forced into the... Read more


Car bombs terrorize Syrian Christians in Damascus

Nov 30, 2012

Two deadly car bombs that exploded in a Damascus suburb Nov. 28 killed at least 34 people and are “terrorizing”... Read more

Villagers Flee Violence in DRC’s North Kivu Province, April 30, 2012.

Bishops decry Congo violence, urge international help

Nov 28, 2012

By Michelle La Rosa

Leaders of the Catholic Church in Africa are calling for humanitarian aid and peace efforts in the eastern part of... Read more

Cardinal John Onaiyekan walks through Vatican City after being made a cardinal by Pope Benedict XVI Nov. 24.

Nigerian cardinal condemns bombing of Protestant church

Nov 26, 2012

The newest cardinal from Nigeria has condemned a deadly terrorist attack on a Protestant church at a local military base,... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI greets pilgrims during the Nov. 14, 2012 general audience in Paul VI Hall.

Pope warns Gaza conflict could spread in Middle East

Nov 21, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI is warning violence could spread through the region, after Israel continued bombing Gaza and a suicide bomb... Read more

Smoke rises from Gaza after it was hit by Israeli airstrikes on Nov. 14, 2012.

Jerusalem bishop laments new Israeli-Palestinian violence

Nov 16, 2012

By Kevin J. Jones

Amid renewed military action between Israel and the Gaza Strip, a bishop from the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem is lamenting... Read more


Diocese laments massacre of farm workers in Colombia

Nov 9, 2012

The Diocese of Santa Rosa de Osos in the Colombian province of Antioquia has condemned the massacre of 10 farm... Read more

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

Bishops' delegation says international support critical for Syrian refugees

Nov 2, 2012

By Michelle La Rosa

A delegation from the U.S. bishops’ conference that recently visited the Middle East believes that the Syrian refugee crisis is... Read more

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

After Catholic church bombing, Nigerians call for security

Nov 1, 2012

Following the deadly suicide bombing on a Catholic Church in north Nigeria, the president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of... Read more

Emergency personnel outside of the Family Research Council building after the shooting on Aug 15, 2012.

Family Research Council shooting suspect charged with terrorism

Oct 26, 2012

By Michelle La Rosa

A federal grand jury indicted a 28-year-old Virginia man for “committing an act of terrorism” in connection with the shooting... Read more


Vatican condemns Beirut car bomb attack

Oct 19, 2012

The Vatican’s spokesman is condemning the car bomb attack in Beirut which killed a leading Lebanese security official and seven... Read more

The entrance to María Auxiliadora School in Mérida, Spain.

Spanish youths attack Catholic school, threaten to burn priests alive

Oct 19, 2012

A group of young people shouting, “Where are the priests? We’re going to burn them at the stake,” attacked the... Read more

Thou Shalt Not Kill yard sign being distributed in the archdiocese.

Campaign against New Orleans violence recalls 1815 prayers

Oct 15, 2012

By Carl Bunderson

“Thou shalt not kill” is the message on yard signs being distributed to parishes in the Archdiocese of New Orleans... Read more

Shooting victim Malala Yousafzai arrives in the U.K. for specialist treatment.

As targeted girl arrives in UK, religious leaders in Pakistan pray

Oct 15, 2012

Christians across Pakistan are praying for 14-year-old Malala Yousafzai, whose recent attempted murder by the Taliban has sparked widespread rebuke... Read more


Catholic bishop supports girl shot by Taliban

Oct 11, 2012

A Catholic bishop in Pakistan has voiced “sympathy and solidarity” towards Malala Yousafzai, a 14-year-old Muslim activist critically injured by... Read more