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Pope Benedict XVI delivers his annual 'state of the world' address to ambassadors at the Vatican's Regia Hall on Jan. 7, 2013.

Pope asks diplomats to seek peace, appeals for Syria

Jan 7, 2013

Pope Benedict gave a wide-ranging address to a group of ambassadors and diplomats that urged an end to the “slaughter”... Read more

Smoke billows skyward as homes and buildings are shelled June 9, 2012 in the city of Homs, Syria.

Syrian conflict could worsen Christian exodus

Jan 4, 2013

Fighting in Syria continues to put pressure on the minority Christian population, leading to fears that more Syrians will join... Read more

(L-R) Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades, Bishop John C. Wester, and Bishop Stephen E. Blaire.

Bishops call for cultural changes after Newtown shooting

Jan 3, 2013

By Michelle La Rosa

Disturbing trends of violence in society should prompt both policy examinations and cultural changes, said committee leaders of the U.S.... Read more

Knights Sponsor Prayer Drive for Newtown.

Knights in Newtown organize nationwide prayer drive

Dec 21, 2012

By Carl Bunderson

The Knights of Columbus at St. Rose of Lima parish in Newtown, Conn. have organized a prayer drive for the benefit... Read more

Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila at an August 2012 blessing ceremony for Seton House in downtown Denver.

Goodness is best response to evil of shootings, Archbishop Aquila says

Dec 19, 2012

As the nation mourns the loss of life in the Newtown, Conn. shooting, Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila of Denver is... Read more

Children return to school Dec. 18, 2012 four days after the attack in Newtown, Conn.

Religious women support teenagers grieving after shooting

Dec 18, 2012

By Michelle La Rosa

Consecrated women from a religious community in Connecticut are offering prayers, counseling and support to high school students following a... Read more

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