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After deadly prison riot in Mexico, archbishop asks for prayers

Feb 12, 2016

Archbishop Rogelio Cabrera López of Monterrey has asked the entire community to unite in prayer in response to the riot... Read more

Pope Francis embraces a child at the general audience in St. Peter's Square on Sept 2, 2015.

As Juarez recovers from peak violence, victim sees hope in Pope Francis

Jan 8, 2016

With Pope Francis set to visit the Mexican city of Juarez Feb. 17, some crime victims are telling their stories... Read more

Employees evacuated by bus from site of mass shootings at Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, Calif. on Dec. 2, 2015.

San Bernardino bishop offers prayers in wake of mass shooting

Dec 2, 2015

Bishop Gerald R. Barnes of the Diocese of San Bernardino, Calif. requested prayers and offered his own after at least... Read more

Police survey the area of Boulevard Baumarchais after an attack in the French capital on November 13, 2015 in Paris, France.

Catholics unite in prayer as Paris terror siege continues

Nov 13, 2015

Amid devastating attacks at locations throughout Paris, Church leaders are calling for prayer.  Read more

Candlelight vigil for the victims of the Umpqua Community College shooting in Roseburg, Oregon, Oct. 1, 2015.

'You are not alone' - Oregon bishops, priests support a community in shock

Oct 2, 2015

By Mary Farrow

In the wake of a mass shooting at a community college in Roseburg, Oregon, members of a local Catholic parish... Read more

Why women are needed to help end violence in Africa

Sep 2, 2015

Women are the key to reconciliation in both the family and society.  Read more

Amid threat of violence, CRS works to ease food shortage in Mali

Aug 25, 2015

By Kevin J. Jones

Despite a hazardous situation in the African country of Mali, Catholic Relief Services is working to support displaced people and... Read more

College students and others gather in prayer across the street where a gunman attacked a recruiting office in Chattanooga, Tennessee on July 17, 2015.

After deadly Chattanooga shooting, bishop rallies 'shaken' community to prayer

Jul 17, 2015

By Matt Hadro

Bishop Richard Stika of Knoxville is calling the faith community to prayer after Thursday’s fatal shooting at a military recruiting... Read more

The 'angel' of Guatemala: 12-year-old chooses death over gang violence

Jul 16, 2015

When 12-year-old Ángel Ariel Escalante Pérez was confronted by gang members demanding that he kill a bus driver in Guatemala,... Read more

Activisits hold hands during rally lead by faith leaders in front of Baltimore City Hall on May 3, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland.

How the US bishops believe America can overcome racial violence

Jun 16, 2015

The head of the U.S. bishops’ conference pledged support for reconciliation and healing efforts in areas around the country that... Read more

Baltimore on May 1, 2015.

Hopelessness and heroin – what fueled the Baltimore riots and what now?

May 10, 2015

By Adelaide Mena, Matt Hadro

As Baltimore works to recover from riots and protests after the death of 25 year-old Freddie Gray, the Church is... Read more

People hold hands during a rally lead by faith leaders in front of Baltimore City Hall on May 3, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland.

For Catholics in West Baltimore, the only answer to violence is community

May 5, 2015

By Adelaide Mena, Matt Hadro

After unrest erupted in Baltimore following the death of 25 year-old Freddie Gray, Catholics stepped up to restore their communities... Read more

Protests in Baltimore after man died while in police custody. April 28, 2015.

Baltimore archbishop: With God, a broken city can heal

Apr 29, 2015

By Kevin J. Jones

After both peaceful protests and violent riots following the death of an African American man in the custody of the... Read more

Pope Francis overlooking the crowd in St. Peter's Square on Easter Sunday morning on April 5, 2015.

Pope on ISIS killings: Blood of Ethiopian Christians 'cries out to be heard'

Apr 20, 2015

Pope Francis voiced his distress at the news of a reported mass execution of Ethiopian Christians in Libya at the... Read more

Oklahoma City National Memorial.

Twenty years after bombing, Oklahoma City archbishop calls for mercy to temper justice

Apr 20, 2015

As the Oklahoma City community continues to heal two decades after the horrific bombing that claimed the lives of 168... Read more

Armenians being deported.

Vatican archives shed light on tragedy of Armenian genocide

Mar 20, 2015

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Ahead of Pope Francis’ Mass commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide, newly released historic documents confirm the Holy... Read more

Pope Francis prays at the General Audience Sept. 25, 2013.

Pope condemns Tunisia attack as act against 'the sacredness of life'

Mar 19, 2015

By Elise Harris

On behalf of Pope Francis, the Vatican’s Secretariat of State has sent a letter to the archbishop of Tunisia, assuring... Read more

Pompeii with Mt Vesuvius in the background.

Here's what the Church in Pompei is doing about the mafia

Mar 15, 2015

By Elise Harris

Archbishop Tommaso Caputo of Pompei said that his diocese has welcomed the Pope’s recent condemnation of organized crime and has... Read more

Pope Francis bows his head in prayer during a Wednesday general audience Oct. 2, 2013.

As Ukraine violence continues, Pope renews call for dialogue

Jan 25, 2015

By Ann Schneible

During his weekly Angelus address, Pope Francis decried the recent escalation of violence in Ukraine, and later called on Christians... Read more

A view of Niamey, the capital of Niger.

Masses suspended in Niger due to church burnings

Jan 22, 2015

The bishops of Niger have canceled Masses and activities at Catholic schools, health care facilities and charity outreaches after Muslim... Read more