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Church in Mexico releases security protocols to prevent crime

Jun 21, 2018

As increased levels of violence in Mexico continue, the Mexican Bishops Conference has published a protocol guide to help prevent... Read more

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Catholic leaders secure release of detainees at Nicaraguan church

Jun 4, 2018

Nicaraguan police have ended a day-long seige against a church after Catholic leaders intervened to release an estimated 30 opposition... Read more

Nationwide protests in Nigeria ask government to improve church security

May 24, 2018

Catholics from across Nigeria participated in peaceful protests on Tuesday, calling for greater government protection following a recent attack at... Read more

Church leaders offer prayers after school shooting near Houston  

May 18, 2018

Church leaders voiced their closeness to victims of a school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas on Friday, calling Catholics to... Read more

Mosque attack 'wreaks havoc' on religiously tolerant South Africa, bishops say

May 13, 2018

In the wake of a mosque attack that left one dead and two other critically injured, the Catholic bishops of... Read more

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Mexican bishop warns against mob justice: 'violence engenders more violence'

May 4, 2018

Bishop Gerardo de Jesús Rojas Lopez of Tabasco in southern Mexico criticized acts of mob justice recently carried out by... Read more

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Nigerian herdsmen kill 19 in Catholic church attack

Apr 26, 2018

At least 19 people, including two priests, were killed on Tuesday when nomadic cattle farmers in central Nigeria opened fire... Read more

Police stand near the site of a van attack on a crowd of pedestrians in Muenster, Germany April 7, 2018.

Muenster bishop offers prayers for victims of van attack

Apr 7, 2018

Bishop Felix Genn of Muenster, Germany called for prayers Saturday, after a man drove a delivery vehicle into a crowd... Read more

Fr. Alfred Kunz celebrates Mass. Courtesy of the Journal Sentinel.

Who killed Fr. Kunz? Wisc. police launch campaign to revive cold case

Mar 7, 2018

Fr. Alfred Kunz was a 67-year-old parish priest at St. Michael’s church in the rural town of Dane, Wisconsin.  Read more

Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square Jan. 31, 2018.

Pope: It’s blasphemy to commit crimes in the name of God

Feb 2, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

On Friday Pope Francis met with participants in a conference on violence committed in the name of religion, emphasizing that... Read more

Bishop: Congo 'gained heroes' when protesters shed blood

Jan 17, 2018

The Catholic Church in the Democratic Republic of Congo held a memorial Mass Friday for protesters killed last month while... Read more

Churches attacked in Chile ahead of Pope's visit

Jan 12, 2018

Just days before Pope Francis' visit to Chile, three Catholic churches in the capital of Santiago were attacked by unknown... Read more

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Cardinal condemns deadly attacks on DRC protesters

Jan 4, 2018

A Catholic cardinal in the Democratic Republic of Congo has strongly condemned security forces’ attacks on protesters amid deadly political... Read more

Children displaced by conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The devastating but little-noticed DRC refugee crisis

Dec 8, 2017

By Kevin J. Jones

Every day, thousands of people in the Democratic Republic of the Congo are forced to flee their homes.  Read more

Pro-life student assaulted outside Planned Parenthood

Dec 4, 2017

A 15-year-old student was taken to the hospital after a woman punched her in the face outside of a Planned... Read more

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Sacramento bishop leads prayer after northern California shooting

Nov 14, 2017

Notifying his fellow bishops of “a terrible shooting” in his diocese, Bishop Jaime Soto of Sacramento led them in prayer... Read more

Las Vegas bishop calls for prayer after mass shooting

Oct 2, 2017

On Monday, the Bishop of Las Vegas, Joseph A. Pepe, voiced grief over a mass shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada,... Read more

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Archbishop calls for peace amid protests over St Louis verdict

Sep 18, 2017

By Matt Hadro

The Archbishop of St. Louis called for prayer and peace after a judge acquitted a former St. Louis police officer... Read more

President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia greets Pope Francis on Sept. 7, 2017.

Pope to Colombian authorities: Eliminate violence by upholding dignity of all

Sep 7, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

In the first formal speech of his visit to Colombia, Pope Francis on Thursday told government authorities that the key... Read more

CAR children.

In deadly CAR conflict, Catholic seminary shelters 2,000 Muslims

Sep 1, 2017

Thousands of Muslim refugees have fled deadly militias in the Central African Republic thanks to Bangassou’s Bishop Juan José Aguirre... Read more