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Riot policemen clash with demonstrators during a protest in Lima on Jan. 24, 2023.

Five things to know about the violence racking Peru

Jan 26, 2023

By CNA Staff

Violent protests have been taking place for more than a month in different regions of Peru and have claimed at... Read more

Protesters clash with members of the Peruvian riot police during a demonstration in the city of Cusco, Peru, on Jan. 11, 2023.

Church in Peru condemns murder of police officer burned alive: ‘No more deaths!’

Jan 11, 2023

By CNA Staff

The confrontations between protesters and law enforcement began after then President Pedro Castillo on Dec. 7, 2022, declared a state... Read more

Representatives of the Ombudsman's Office arrive to dissuade the protesters in Peru, December 2022.

Bishops lament deaths in protests in Peru, call for dialogue to restore peace

Dec 13, 2022

By CNA Staff

The confrontations began after President Pedro Castillo on Dec. 7 declared a state of emergency, dissolved Congress, and said he... Read more

Citizen protests against the Cuban regime in Nuevitas, Camagüey, August 2022.

Religious stand in solidarity with those arrested during repression of protests in Cuba

Aug 30, 2022

By CNA Staff

The Cuban Conference of Religious Men and Women posted a message of solidarity with the hundreds of citizens persecuted or... Read more

Kyle Rittenhouse waits for the jury to enter the room to continue testifying during his trial at the Kenosha County Courthouse on November 10, 2021 in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Rittenhouse is accused of shooting three demonstrators, killing two of them, during a night of unrest that erupted in Kenosha after a police officer shot Jacob Blake seven times in the back while being arrested in August 2020. Rittenhouse, from Antioch, Illinois, was 17 at the time of the shooting and armed with an assault rifle. He faces counts of felony homicide and felony attempted homicide.

Pray for and promote peace, Milwaukee archbishop says after Kyle Rittenhouse verdict

Nov 19, 2021

By Christine Rousselle

Archbishop Jerome Listecki of Milwaukee is encouraging people to pray for and promote peace following the acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse... Read more

Vandalism on a door of the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Denver, Colo., Oct. 10, 2021.

Denver archbishop, writing in Washington Post, decries vandalism of Catholic property

Nov 19, 2021

By Jonah McKeown

Incidents include graffiti sprayed on church walls, Catholic statues beheaded or smashed, gravestones desecrated with swastikas, and arson. Read more

Anarchy and chaos must never again be the protagonists in Colombia, bishops urge

Jun 28, 2021

By Walter Sanchez Silva

The bishops of the Pacific and the southwestern regions of Colombia spoke out about the current situation in the country... Read more

Pope Francis prays the Angelus on June 21, 2020.

Pope Francis calls for justice and dialogue in Belarus 

Aug 16, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis offered a prayer for Belarus Sunday asking for respect for justice and dialogue following a week of violent... Read more

A demonstrator tries to put out a fire that other demonstrators started outside a U.S. courthouse during a protest on July 31, 2020 in Portland, Oregon.

Protestors burn Bible during Portland protests 

Aug 3, 2020

By Jonah McKeown

Protestors in Portland, Oregon burned a Bible in the street during a protest outside a federal courthouse in the early... Read more

Scene in front of the federal courthouse in downtown Portland July 25, 2020. 

Portland archbishop decries violence, calls for peaceful efforts against racism

Jul 27, 2020

The archbishop of Portland, Oregon is urging Catholics to learn about and study how to respond to the sin of... Read more

An Iraqi anti-government protester waves a national flag in Baghdad on Nov. 29, 2019.

Pope Francis prays for Iraqi people after 45 killed in protests

Dec 1, 2019

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis said Sunday that he was grieved to hear of the deadly violence against protesters in Iraq and expressed... Read more

Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square March 14, 2018.

Pope Francis prays for stability in Iraq amid deadly protests

Oct 30, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis prayed Wednesday for Iraq, where 18 more people were killed and hundreds wounded Oct. 29 during political protests... Read more

Lebanese protesters chant anti-government slogans in Jal al Dib Oct. 24, 2019.

Pope Francis encourages anti-corruption protesters in Lebanon 

Oct 27, 2019

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis Sunday encouraged protesters in Lebanon who have taken to the streets to challenge government corruption and mismanagement of... Read more

Protestors in Hong Kong Aug. 18, 2019.

Hong Kong student leader: Catholics have an important role in peaceful protests

Aug 21, 2019

By Jonah McKeown

As massive protests continue in Hong Kong, one student leader says Catholics have an important role to play in encouraging... Read more

Catholic-led DACA protest in Washington, DC, Feb. 27, 2018.

Forty arrested at Catholic-led DACA Protest

Feb 27, 2018

By Christine Rousselle

A group of about 100 people--including Franciscan friars, religious sisters, and laity--gathered in the rotunda of the Russell Senate Building... Read more

Togo's bishops call for peace while reform goes to public vote

Sep 19, 2017

Following Togo's largest protests in over a decade, the bishops of the small African country urged political leaders toward a... Read more

Jason Stockley Protests in St. Louis, Missouri.

Archbishop calls for peace amid protests over St Louis verdict

Sep 18, 2017

By Matt Hadro

The Archbishop of St. Louis called for prayer and peace after a judge acquitted a former St. Louis police officer... Read more

Police officers stand guard as crowds gather for a second night near a BP gas station that was burned after an officer-involved killing Aug. 14, 2016 in Milwaukee.

Transform your hearts – Milwaukee's archbishop addresses riots

Aug 15, 2016

The Milwaukee riots and violence that followed a police shooting of an armed man this weekend show the need for... Read more

Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun speaks at the Asianews Conference at the Pontifical Urbaniana University in Rome, Nov. 18, 2014.

This 82-year-old cardinal says he'll face jail for democracy

Dec 4, 2014

By Ann Schneible

One of several leaders of Hong Kong's Occupy Central movement to surrender to police after months of pro-democracy protests, Cardinal... Read more

A demonstrator holds a sign as thousands pack the streets of Hong Kong in protest Oct. 1, 2014.

Escalating Hong Kong tensions prod Catholic call for peace

Oct 2, 2014

By Elise Harris

The archbishop of Hong Kong has urged a peaceful solution to current pro-democracy protests happening there, encouraging both sides to... Read more