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Mourners light candles at a makeshift memorial outside of Tops market on May 16, 2022 in Buffalo, New York. A gunman opened fire at the store yesterday killing ten people and wounding another three. The attack was believed to be motivated by racial hatred.

Philly archbishop condemns 'mortal sin of racism' after Buffalo shooting

May 17, 2022

By CNA Staff

Archbishop Nelson Perez of Philadelphia said on Tuesday that the recent mass shooting in Buffalo, New York is a reminder... Read more

Tops Friendly Market in Buffalo, New York, was the scene of a mass shooting on May 14, 2022.

US Catholic bishops call for ‘honest dialogue’ on ‘persistent evil of racism’ after mass shootings

May 17, 2022

By CNA Staff

The USCCB said it would continue to “advocate for an end to violence, and for the respect and dignity of... Read more

olice on scene at a Tops Friendly Market on May 14, 2022 in Buffalo, New York. According to reports, at least 10 people were killed after a mass shooting at the store with the shooter in police custody.

Bishop condemns 'abhorrently evil' slaying of 10 at Buffalo supermarket

May 15, 2022

By CNA Staff

Ten people were killed and three others injured Saturday when a teenage gunman opened fire with an assault rifle at... Read more

Police markers are placed in the street on the corner of 10th and L street at the scene of a shooting that occurred in the early morning hours on April 3, 2022 in Sacramento, California.

Bishop urges 'common task of healing' after Sacramento shooting

Apr 4, 2022

By CNA Staff

Bishop Jaime Soto of Sacramento encouraged city residents to engage in the work of communal healing and helping after a... Read more

Indianapolis archbishop offers prayers in response to local mass shooting

Apr 16, 2021

By CNA Staff

The Archbishop of Indianapolis on Friday offered prayers and called on Catholics to work to end gun violence, after a... Read more

 Saint Mary's Cathedral Basilica in Halifax.

Canadian archbishop offers prayers after mass shooting

Apr 21, 2020

The Archbishop of Halifax-Yarmouth in Canada has offered prayers for the victims of a weekend shooting rampage in a small... Read more

Bishop Mark Seitz of El Paso participates in a binational Mass held in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Nov. 4, 2017.

El Paso bishop encourages Catholics to overcome racism with acts of inclusion

Oct 15, 2019

Bishop Mark Seitz of El Paso issued a pastoral letter Sunday reflecting on the area's history of racism and encouraging... Read more

Cardinal Daniel DiNardo. CNA file photo.

USCCB issues 9th mass shooting statement of 2019

Sep 1, 2019

The U.S. bishops’ conference Sunday issued a statement in response to the Aug. 31 Texas shooting spree that left 5... Read more

Police cars and tape block off a crime scene outside the Cinergy Odessa movie theater where a gunman was shot and killed on August 31, 2019 in Midland, Texas.

After latest in 'epidemic' of mass shootings, bishops again call for prayer and action

Aug 31, 2019

Several U.S. bishops offered prayers Saturday evening after a gunman killed at least 5 people and injured more than 20... Read more

A 2018 demonstration organized by Teens for Gun Reform, an organization of students in the Washington DC area.

What the Church does - and does not - teach about gun control 

Aug 8, 2019

By Mary Farrow

Jordan Anchondo and her husband, Andre were shopping for school supplies for their five-year-old last Saturday morning at a Walmart... Read more

After US mass shootings, Mexican bishops denounce hate speech, xenophobia

Aug 6, 2019

In a recent statement, the Mexican bishops’ conference voiced “great sorrow” at recent acts of violence in both the U.S.... Read more

Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia speaks at the Holy See press office, March 25, 2014.

Archbishop Chaput: Look deeper than symptoms to solve mass violence

Aug 6, 2019

By Christine Rousselle

Gun control laws alone will not stop mass shootings effectively, Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia, said in a column written... Read more

A woman holds a sign at a vigil in honor of those who lost their lives during a shooting in Dayton, Ohio on August 04, 2019.

U.S. bishops: Mass shootings are an ‘epidemic against life’

Aug 4, 2019

U.S. bishops are calling for prayer and action in the wake of two mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and... Read more

Al Masjid Al Jamie mosque in Ponsonby, New Zealand, Oct 2013.

New Zealand bishops ‘horrified’ by mosque shootings

Mar 15, 2019

The New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference released a statement of solidarity with the country’s Muslim population following terrorist attacks on... Read more

Pope Francis at a General Audience in Rome, June 2018.

Pope Francis joins international community in mourning after New Zealand attacks

Mar 15, 2019

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis mourned “senseless acts of violence” against innocent life after the New Zealand mosque attacks. On Friday, at least... Read more

Cathedral of Our Lady of the Conception, Campinas, Brazil.

Five dead in Brazilian cathedral shooting, cathedral priest asks for prayer

Dec 11, 2018

A gunman killed at least four people people Tuesday, inside the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Conception in Campinas,... Read more

Cardinal Thomas Collins.

Toronto archbishop calls for prayers after mass shooting

Jul 23, 2018

Churches in the Archdiocese of Toronto will offer a special prayer for the victims of a mass shooting Sunday night... Read more

Fort Worth diocese removes 'no gun' signs from church property

Jul 7, 2018

The Diocese of Fort Worth is removing signs notifying people that concealed and open carry of firearms are both banned... Read more

Bishop David. M. O'Connell.

‘How many times can our hearts break?’ Bishop of Trenton asks after shooting

Jun 18, 2018

The Bishop of Trenton condemned gun violence and called for prayer in a statement following a shooting early Sunday that... Read more

Pope Francis at The Liturgy of the Lord's Passion at St. Peter's Basilica on April 3, 2015.

Pope Francis grieved by 'senseless violence' of Texas church shooting

Nov 7, 2017

By Elise Harris

On Tuesday, Pope Francis voiced his sorrow after 26 people were killed at a Baptist Church in Texas over the... Read more