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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

Pope Francis bowed in prayer in St. Peter's Basilica on September 2, 2015.

Pope mourns 'tragic loss of life' after attack in Turkey

Mar 14, 2016

By Ann Schneible

Pope Francis sent his condolences to the president of Turkey where a terrorist attack Sunday left dozens dead.  Read more

A year after riots, Baltimore leaders unite for Rome pilgrimage

Mar 10, 2016

By Elise Harris

Nearly a year after violent riots erupted in West Baltimore following the death of Freddie Gray while in police custody,... Read more

Cracker Barrel where a gunman went on a shooting rampage, on February 21, 2016 in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Kalamazoo bishop offers prayers, Mass in wake of shooting spree

Feb 22, 2016

Bishop Paul J. Bradley of the Diocese of Kalamazoo, Mich. offered his prayers and condolences for the victims of a... Read more

Pope Francis speaks to Mexican Bishops at Metropolitan Cathedral in Mexico City, Feb. 13, 2016.

How Pope Francis proposes to fight drug violence in Mexico

Feb 17, 2016

Speaking to laborers in the Mexican City of Juarez on Wednesday, Pope Francis laid out several key areas of focus... Read more

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