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A shell in the street of Homs, Syria.

In war-torn Syria, Our Lady of Peace Cathedral needs help

Aug 11, 2016

By Andrea Gagliarducci

The war-torn Cathedral of Homs sits in the heart of western Syria.  Read more

French bishops declare day of fasting after priest's murder

Jul 26, 2016

In response to the murder of Father Jacques Hamel by believed Islamic State sympathizers, the French bishops have designated Friday,... Read more

Memorial for the three police officers who were shot and killed in an ambush on July 18, 2016 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Only Christ offers answers in our violent world, Baton Rouge bishop says

Jul 18, 2016

Jesus Christ’s triumph over death, despair and hate should move us forward after a deadly attack on law enforcement officers... Read more

Gloria Purvis. Courtesy of National Black Catholic Congress.

What's missing from the national conversation on race, violence, and lethal force? You.

Jul 14, 2016

In the wake of last week’s horrific deaths of Dallas police officers Brent Thompson, Lorne Ahrens, Michael Krol, Michael Smith,... Read more

With South Sudan on the brink of civil war, here's what Church leaders are saying

Jul 12, 2016

Heavy fighting in Juba, the capital city of South Sudan, prompted Church leaders in the country to issue a statement... Read more

A man leaves a note at a makeshift memorial honoring the five police officers killed in a July 7 shooting in Dallas, Texas.

Knights of Columbus launch novena for peace in response to US shootings

Jul 9, 2016

In the wake of violence across the nation this week, the Knights of Columbus have issued a campaign encouraging people... Read more

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

Be healers in a hurting world, Catholic bishops say after shootings

Jul 8, 2016

Amid tensions following two high profile police shootings of African-Americans and the subsequent killing of police in Dallas, Catholic bishops... Read more

With 7 dead after teachers' union clash, Mexican bishop calls for prayer

Jun 22, 2016

Archbishop José Luis Chavez Botello of Antequera-Oaxaca, México, called for intensifying prayer for peace after clashes between authorities and a... Read more

Mourning.

We must forgive: a bishop's message after a horrendous Nigerian massacre

Jun 21, 2016

After the sorrow of an April massacre in southeastern Nigeria, a Catholic bishop said the killers of dozens of people... Read more

Pakistan murder shows Christians not immune from 'honor killing' custom

Jun 16, 2016

A teenage Christian girl in Pakistan was reportedly killed by her own brother this week in a so-called “honor killing”... Read more

Prayer candles.

Filipino bishops: Moral disagreement is no excuse for hatred, violence

Jun 15, 2016

Encounter and dialogue are the proper response to disagreements over morality, said the Catholic bishops of the Philippines, emphasizing in... Read more

A woman prays at the Orlando prayer vigil at St. James Cathedral, June 13.

Prayer vigil after Orlando shooting offers unity, hope to mourners

Jun 15, 2016

Members of various religious communities came together Monday evening at a vigil to pray for the victims of the Orlando... Read more

Mourners at a memorial for the victims of the Orlando shooting.

What Catholics are doing to help victims of the Orlando shooting

Jun 15, 2016

By Matt Hadro

Following the mass shooting that claimed the lives of 49 in Orlando, Catholics have tried to be the hands and... Read more

Crucifix.

Crucifix smashed in attack on emblematic Chilean church

Jun 14, 2016

In what is being lamented as a heinous act of desecration, an emblematic Catholic church in Santiago de Chile was... Read more

A girl places flowers at a vigil following the June 12, 2016 mass shooting a gay night club in Orlando.

ACLU lawyers say Christians caused the Orlando shooting

Jun 13, 2016

By Matt Hadro

After a gunman pledging allegiance to ISIS carried out the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, attorneys with the American... Read more

Cross of the Martyrs.

A new wave of attacks against Catholics in France, Belgium

Jun 2, 2016

In recent weeks, Catholics in France and Belgium – countries still recovering from brutal ISIS attacks – have been hit... Read more

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With Albino killings on the rise, Malawi's bishops speak out

May 25, 2016

Amid increased violence against albinos in the southeastern African nation of Malawi, the bishops' justice and peace commission has condemned... Read more

Florida diocese mourns loss of priest in apparent murder

Apr 21, 2016

A Florida priest who went missing last week has been lauded by his diocese as a humble and generous servant... Read more

Pope Francis prays with journalists on the papal flight August 2014.

Pope Francis grieves Belgium attacks, condemns 'blind violence'

Mar 22, 2016

By Elise Harris

On Tuesday Pope Francis offered prayers for the victims of attacks at an airport and metro in Belgium, condemning the... Read more

Barbed wire.

In groundbreaking move, US declares Christians among victims of ISIS genocide

Mar 17, 2016

By Matt Hadro

Secretary of State John Kerry declared Thursday that Christians, Yezidis, Shi’a Muslims, and other religious and ethnic minorities are victims... Read more