Violence

The Latest

San Bernardino bishop prays for school community after deadly shooting

Apr 10, 2017

After two people were killed in a shooting at a classroom in a San Bernardino elementary school on Monday, the... Read more

The Presidential Palace in Asuncion, Paraguay on July 10, 2015.

Bishops of Paraguay call for peace after riots, fire at Congress building

Apr 5, 2017

The Bishops of Paraguay made an urgent appeal for peace after hundreds of demonstrators set fire to the National Congress... Read more

Pope Francis.

Pope Francis to Chicago: Let peace heal your city

Apr 4, 2017

As violence continues to plague the city of Chicago, Pope Francis has sent words of encouragement, solidarity and hope to... Read more

St. Basil’s Cathedral, St. Petersburg Russia.

Archbishop laments 'curse of terrorism' after St. Petersburg attack

Apr 3, 2017

Archbishop Paolo Pezzi of Moscow offered his prayers and condolences following a deadly explosion in the St. Petersburg metro on... Read more

This Mexican bishop met with gang leaders to protect threatened priests

Mar 31, 2017

A bishop in Mexico's Guerrero state, which suffers the most from drug- and gang-related violence, recently met with gang leaders... Read more

In DRC, political uncertainty after bishops withdraw from peace talks

Mar 29, 2017

Political unrest and uncertainty about the future have grown in the Democratic Republic of Congo, following the Catholic bishops’ withdrawal... Read more

Mafia. Public Domain via Pixabay.

Italian bishop bans mobsters from being godfathers

Mar 22, 2017

Hollywood precedent notwithstanding, an Italian bishop has announced that known members of the mafia cannot be godparents for the Catholic... Read more

Catholic priests, religious face wave of violence in DR Congo

Mar 17, 2017

By Adelaide Mena

Following recent attempts at brokering peace between the government and political opposition leaders in the Democratic Republic of the Congo... Read more

South Sudan bishop says nation's prayers must provoke change

Mar 16, 2017

Amid war, displacement and hunger, South Sudan's day of prayer must lead to true repentance, a leading Catholic bishop has... Read more

Violence during protests in Venezuela.

Archbishop: There's a 'bloodbath' going on in Venezuela

Jan 31, 2017

When asked by a reporter about the threat of civil war in his country, Archbishop Ubaldo Santana of Maracaibo responded... Read more

Newark auxiliary bishop assaulted during Mass

Jan 29, 2017

What started as a Mass remembering a Latino baseball star and humanitarian quickly took a violent turn as an auxiliary... Read more

Rosary.

After school shooting in Mexico, archbishop offers prayers

Jan 24, 2017

Following a school shooting in Monterrey, Mexico last week, the local archbishop offered his prayers and support.  Read more

Church in Brazil laments tragedy of gang-fueled prison riots

Jan 10, 2017

After nearly 100 inmates died in gang-related riots at prisons in northern Brazil through Jan. 8, Church officials in the... Read more

A prayer vigil in Dallas for the injured and killed policemen in a July 8 attack in Dallas.

Race relations are a Church responsibility, bishops say in call to action

Jan 5, 2017

The Catholic Church can be a force for healing race relations, said the U.S. bishops’ task force on racism and... Read more

St. Mark's Coptic Cathedral, Cairo.

Egyptian cathedral restored after December bombing

Jan 5, 2017

The Egyptian army corps of engineers has completed the restoration of Saint Mark's Coptic Cathedral in Cairo, where a terrorist... Read more

Bishop offers prayers after Brazil prison riot leaves 56 dead

Jan 4, 2017

A local bishop called for prayer and prison reform efforts after a 17-hour prison uprising in the Amazon city of... Read more

You probably know someone who's been domestically abused.

Dec 23, 2016

By Matt Hadro

Every minute, 20 people in the United States alone are victims of intimate partner violence.  Read more

Pope Francis speaks with the Diplomatic Corps Ac

Pope to ambassadors: make 'courageous' choice for nonviolence

Dec 15, 2016

By Hannah Brockhaus

On Thursday Pope Francis accepted the credentials of six new ambassadors to the Holy See, urging them to work toward... Read more

Outside of the pregnancy center.

Suspected arson destroys chapel, pro-life center

Nov 23, 2016

A fire – allegedly set by arsonists – has closed a pro-life pregnancy center and chapel in New Mexico, shutting... Read more

Police officers secure the crime scene where a Des Moines police officer was shot and killed in his squad car overnight on Nov. 2, 2016, Iowa.

In Iowa, prayers for police officers ambushed and killed

Nov 2, 2016

In the wake of fatal shootings of two Iowa police officers in apparent ambushes, Bishop Richard Pates of Des Moines... Read more