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Cardinal Vincent Nichols and London police chief Cressida Dick meet outside of Westminster Cathedral, Nov. 9, 2021.

Cardinal and police chief agree to create group reviewing last rites access for priests at crime scenes

Nov 10, 2021

By CNA Staff

The agreement was reached in the wake of lawmaker Sir David Amess’ death. Read more

Belfairs Methodist Church, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex.

Journalists astounded Catholic priest denied opportunity to give last rites to dying MP

Oct 18, 2021

By CNA Staff

Two journalists express astonishment that a Catholic priest was denied the opportunity to give last rites to British lawmaker Sir... Read more

Archbishop Bernard Hebda of St. Paul-Minneapolis

Minneapolis archbishop prays for peace following sentencing of Derek Chauvin

Jun 27, 2021

By CNA Staff

The archbishop of St. Paul-Minneapolis prayed for peace and called for racial reconciliation on Friday to the sentencing of Derek... Read more

Police halt a Good Friday liturgy at Christ the King Church in Balham, London, England, April 2, 2021

Polish Catholic parish in London: Police ‘grossly exceeded powers’ in halting Good Friday service

Apr 3, 2021

A Polish Catholic parish in London, England, has said it believes that police “grossly exceeded their powers” when they halted... Read more

Linden Cameron.

Salt Lake City diocese in prayer after police shooting of boy with autism

Sep 10, 2020

The Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City said it is praying for Linden Cameron, a 13-year-old boy who was seriously... Read more

Protests against the killing of George Floyd in Ann Arbor Michigan, June 2020.

‘No justice, no peace’ reflects Catholic principles for police reform, bishops say

Jun 25, 2020

Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City, Bishop Mario Dorsonville, auxiliary bishop of Washington, and Bishop Shelton Fabre of Houma-Thibodaux sent... Read more

George Floyd’s death shows need for ‘sanctity of life’ police training, researcher says

Jun 7, 2020

By Jonah McKeown

A researcher who studies policing best practices told CNA this week that George Floyd’s arrest and death in Minneapolis reaffirm... Read more

Minneapolis Police Department patrol car.

Minnesota bishops: Death of black man in police custody a ‘tragedy’

May 26, 2020

By Matt Hadro

The Minnesota Catholic Conference on Tuesday called the death of a black man while he was in police custody a “tragedy,”... Read more

Fr. Alfred Kunz celebrates Mass. Courtesy of the Journal Sentinel.

Who killed Fr. Kunz? Wisc. police launch campaign to revive cold case

Mar 7, 2018

Fr. Alfred Kunz was a 67-year-old parish priest at St. Michael’s church in the rural town of Dane, Wisconsin.  Read more

Archbishop William Lori.

Baltimore Blue Mass calls police to public leadership

Mar 6, 2018

On Sunday, the Archdiocese of Baltimore celebrated a Blue Mass to honor the local police force and law enforcement officials,... Read more

What does it mean to be a 'pro-life' police officer?

Jun 24, 2017

By Adelaide Mena

“Ultimately, this report is about the sanctity of all human life.”  Read more

Officer Steven McDonald.

New York police officer remembered for his example of mercy

Jan 17, 2017

Thousands gathered at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City on Friday to commemorate and mourn the loss of Officer... Read more

Baby left at Minnesota cathedral now safe and healthy

Jan 11, 2017

On the night of Jan. 4, Nathan Leonhardt was locking up the Cathedral of St. Paul in Minneapolis when he... Read more

Police officers secure the crime scene where a Des Moines police officer was shot and killed in his squad car overnight on Nov. 2, 2016, Iowa.

In Iowa, prayers for police officers ambushed and killed

Nov 2, 2016

In the wake of fatal shootings of two Iowa police officers in apparent ambushes, Bishop Richard Pates of Des Moines... Read more

The role of Catholics in fighting police aggression

Oct 18, 2016

By Adelaide Mena

C. Matthew Hawkins stood frozen with fear as the update crackled through the police car radio: the suspect in question... Read more

Police officer on I-85 during protests following the death of a man shot by police in Charlotte, NC on Sept. 21, 2016.

What a Charlotte priest will tell his flock after a fatal police shooting

Sep 23, 2016

By Kevin J. Jones

Father Patrick Winslow is a priest at a Catholic church in Charlotte’s University City neighborhood.    Read more

Pope Francis greets members of the military, armed forces and firefighters during his Jubilee general audience April 30, 2016.

Corruption is worst form of criminality, Pope tells Vatican police

Sep 18, 2016

By Elise Harris

On Sunday Pope Francis celebrated the 200th anniversary of the Vatican Gendarme by thanking the security force for their tireless... Read more

How Baltimore's Catholics are still working to heal their communities

Aug 12, 2016

By Matt Hadro

After the Justice Department issued a scathing rebuke of Baltimore’s policing abuses, local Catholic leaders maintained it must be a... Read more

Why this bishop thinks moral leadership will bridge the racial divide

Aug 11, 2016

With the second anniversary of riots in Ferguson, Mo., this week, Bishop Edward Braxton of Belleville has noted the downfalls... Read more

Racial tensions spark day of prayer, peace task force with US bishops

Jul 23, 2016

After several shootings and increased racial tensions around the country, the head of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops... Read more