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Pope Francis appears in a wheelchair at his general audience on Feb. 28, 2024.

Pope Francis calls for prayers, sends condolences to Muslims, Christians killed in Burkina Faso

Feb 28, 2024

By Matthew Santucci

“We pray for the victims of the recent attacks on places of worship in Burkina Faso,” a papal aide read... Read more

Military personnel stand guard at the entrance of a gymnasium while police investigators (background) look for evidence after a bomb attack at Mindanao State University in Marawi in the southern Philippines on Dec. 3, 2023.

Pope Francis prays for victims of bombing of Catholic Mass in the Philippines

Dec 4, 2023

By Courtney Mares

Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the Dec. 3 blast in a university gymnasium. Read more

Signs are shown on display outside the Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery on Feb. 22, 2017, in University City, Missouri, after an incident of vandalism.

FBI director: Religious hate crimes against Jewish population ‘wildly disproportionate’ 

Nov 2, 2023

By Daniel Payne

The FBI director said the attacks were coming “from racially and ethnically motivated violent extremists,” including “ISIS-inspired violent extremists.” Read more

Deacon Paul Carris, prior to his ordination as a deacon for the Archdiocese of Newark, with Judith Toppin, whom he helped down a stairwell at the World Trade Center on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, saving her life.

‘God was with us on the stairwell’: A hero of 9/11 finds his vocation

Sep 11, 2023

By Joe Bukuras

The trial of that day, and in the years that followed, uncovered a trial of faith for Deacon Paul Carris. Read more

Christian devotees attend a prayer service at Sacred Heart Cathedral to celebrate Christmas in Lahore, Pakistan, on Dec. 25, 2021.

Christians in Pakistan celebrate Christmas amid heightened security

Dec 28, 2022

By Aftab Alexander Mughal

For the last few weeks, law enforcement agencies put into place comprehensive security arrangements for church services held on Christmas. Read more

Angelus address on June 12, 2022

Pope Francis prays for victims of deadly Islamic terrorist attack in Somalia

Oct 30, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Somalia’s president said that at least 100 people were killed in the terrorist attack. Read more

Photos of the June 3 vandalism show a splash of red paint covering the Capitol Hill Pregnancy Center’s white door. On the brick outer building, the words “Jane says revenge” are written in black spray paint.

Congressional bill aims to protect pro-life pregnancy centers against ‘terror attacks’

Sep 21, 2022

By Katie Yoder

The bil would require the Biden administration to publicly report its handling of the investigation of those engaging in “domestic... Read more

Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, the archbishop of Vienna, pictured in 2015.

Austria’s Catholic bishops: Pray for victims of Vienna terror attack

Nov 3, 2020

Austria’s Catholic bishops have appealed for prayers for the victims of Monday night’s terror attack in Vienna.   Read more

Police seal off the street after the attack at the basilica in Nice, France, Oct. 29, 2020.

French police make six arrests over Nice terror attack

Nov 2, 2020

By Courtney Mares

French police have arrested a total of six men in their investigation into the attack on the Basilica of Notre-Dame... Read more

Pope Francis prays for victims of terrorist attack at French basilica

Oct 29, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

After three people were killed in a terrorist attack in a basilica in Nice, France, on Thursday, a Vatican spokesman... Read more

The Basilica of Notre-Dame de Nice in France.

French Catholic bishops ask churches to toll bells in memory of three killed in basilica attack

Oct 29, 2020

The French bishops asked churches across the country to toll their bells Thursday in memory of three people killed at... Read more

Monastery of St. Paul First Hermit, Egypt.

At least seven Christians killed in attack on bus in Egypt

Nov 2, 2018

At least seven Coptic Christians were killed and 12 more injured in Egypt when a bus traveling to a desert... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass at Casa Santa Marta on June 9, 2016.

Pope Francis prays for end to ‘inhuman violence’ after recent terrorist attacks

Aug 20, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

On Sunday Pope Francis prayed for the victims of recent terrorist attacks in Spain, Burkina Faso and Finland, asking the... Read more

Barcelona, Spain.

Pope Francis, Spanish bishops offer prayers after Barcelona terrorist attack

Aug 17, 2017

Catholic leaders voiced prayers for victims after a van sped into a crowd of people in the Las Ramblas tourist... Read more

Catholic bishops respond to tragic terrorist attacks in London

Jun 4, 2017

Catholic Cardinals and bishops throughout the world are offering their prayers after the terrorist attack in London last night that... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass in St. Peter's Basilica on September 2, 2015.

Pope prays for victims of terror attack in central London

Jun 4, 2017

Pope Francis offered his prayers after Mass on Pentecost Sunday for the victims of the terrorist attack at London Bridge.  Read more