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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

Pope Francis prays with journalists on the papal flight en route to South Korea on Aug. 14, 2014.

A Christmas with tears – Pope Francis' words to Middle East

Dec 23, 2014

In a Christmas message to Christians of the Middle East, Pope Francis grieved the violence that has ravaged and displaced... Read more

Candlelight prayer vigil.

Don't give up hope, Cardinal Dolan encourages after NYPD shooting

Dec 22, 2014

Despite the violence, darkness and confusion of the world, we can find hope and peace in the promise of Christ,... Read more

A man places flowers as a mark of respect for the victims of Martin Place siege on December 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia.

Christ offers healing and peace, Sydney archbishop says after siege

Dec 16, 2014

In the aftermath of a hostage situation at an Australian café, Sydney’s Archbishop Anthony Fisher, O.P., stressed that the love... Read more

Candle Vigil.

Healing and hope: Newtown's Catholic parish two years after shooting

Dec 14, 2014

By Mary Farrow

It was two years ago that Monsignor Robert Weiss rushed to the scene of the Sandy Hook elementary shooting, where... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass in St. Peter's Basilica for all cardinals and bishops who died in the last year, Nov. 3, 2014.

Pope pleads with Middle East churches to address crisis together

Dec 13, 2014

By Elise Harris

Pope Francis addressed the increasing challenges caused by violence in the Middle East with members of the Syriac Catholic Church,... Read more

St. Leo the Great Catholic Church in Enugu, Nigeria was vandalized Nov 4, 2013.

Protect us – One archbishop's plea as Nigeria elections loom

Dec 4, 2014

By Elise Harris

As Nigeria's general elections draw near, the archbishop of the central city of Jos warned candidates not to put political... Read more

Police and protesters await the grand jury announcement in the Michael Brown case Nov. 24, 2014 in Ferguson, MO.

What the Church can do about the powder keg of US racial tensions

Nov 26, 2014

By Matt Hadro

Beneath the ongoing unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, are deep-rooted societal conflicts that are boiling over, say local leaders, and the... Read more

Protestors held candles as they shouted hands up during a protest in Ferguson.

Reject 'false hope' of violence, archbishop implores after Ferguson ruling

Nov 25, 2014

By Matt Hadro

The Archbishop of St. Louis rejected violent responses to a grand jury’s decision not to indict a Ferguson police officer... Read more

Israeli emergency personnel remove body of an Israeli man killed in a synagogue in Jerusalem on Nov. 18, 2014.

Jerusalem victims had a name, a family, a story, priest recalls

Nov 19, 2014

By Elise Harris, Kevin J. Jones

For one Jerusalem priest, the “horrific” killings at a Jerusalem synagogue show the need to humanize the victims of violence,... Read more

A view of Jerusalem with the Dome of the Rock and the Wailing Wall.

Archbishop decries Jerusalem car attacks: 'We are acting like savages'

Nov 6, 2014

By Elise Harris

A Melkite-Greek Catholic archbishop has lamented recent car attacks in Jerusalem, saying that such actions are inhuman and tear down... Read more

Canadian Parliament.

Ottawa archbishop cancels event, calls for prayers in wake of shooting

Oct 23, 2014

By Elise Harris

The Archdiocese of Ottawa, Canada, released a statement canceling its annual charity dinner in the wake of yesterday’s shooting, and... Read more