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A San Francisco police officer steps out of the mobile command unit in San Francisco, California.

Police arrest man accused of shooting into Catholic church in South San Francisco

Jan 31, 2024

By Tyler Arnold

St. Augustine Catholic Church closed its parish office and did not hold in-person services on Wednesday per the advice of... Read more

People mourn outside the Charles University building following a mass shooting on Dec. 22, 2023, in Prague, Czech Republic. Fourteen people were killed and 25 injured. Police say the gunman was a 24-year-old student at the university.

Pope Francis ‘deeply saddened’ by shooting at Prague university 

Dec 22, 2023

By Courtney Mares

A 24-year-old student opened fire in the university’s philosophy department building after first killing his father outside of Prague. The... Read more

The Archdiocese of Baltimore said it acquired several hundred guns as part of a “buyback” program financed by local parishes and individual donors on Aug. 5, 2023.

Baltimore Archdiocese says it obtained over 360 guns in $50,000 buyback program

Aug 18, 2023

By Daniel Payne

The gun “buyback” was financed with more than $50,000 in funds “from Catholic parishes and individual donors,” the archdiocese said.  Read more


Deacon and layman wounded in armed attack in Colombia

Jul 3, 2023

By Eduardo Berdejo

A deacon who is set to be ordained a priest next month and a layman were wounded early Sunday morning... Read more

Bishop David O'Connell leads a non-denominational memorial service to provide a space for community members who have lost loved ones in 2020 at the St. Cornelius Catholic Church in Long Beach, California, on Nov. 14, 2020.

UPDATE: Murder investigation underway in shooting death of LA Auxiliary Bishop O’Connell

Feb 19, 2023

By Shannon Mullen, Courtney Mares

Bishop David G. O’Connell, known affectionately as “Bishop Dave,” was shot in the torso on Feb. 18. He was pronounced... Read more

Auxiliary Bishop David O’Connell of Los Angeles at Mass at the Southern California Renewal Communities convention on Aug. 31, 2018.

LA Auxiliary Bishop David O’Connell shot and killed

Feb 18, 2023

By Shannon Mullen, Courtney Mares

Auxiliary Bishop David O'Connell, 69, was a native of Ireland who had worked with the poor in the South Los... Read more

Law enforcement officials continue their investigation into Saturday's shooting at the Club Q nightclub on Nov. 21, 2022, in Colorado Springs, Colorado. On Saturday evening, a 22-year-old gunman allegedly entered the LGBTQ nightclub and opened fire, killing at least five people and injuring 25 others before being stopped by club patrons.

Colorado bishops pray for ‘peace and healing’ after shooting at LGBTQ nightclub

Nov 21, 2022

By Kevin J. Jones

The alleged gunman entered Club Q in Colorado Springs just before midnight Saturday and began shooting. Five people were killed... Read more

St. Louis metropolitan police and school officials stand outside the south entrance to the Central Visual and Performing Arts High School after a shooting that left three people dead including the shooter in St Louis, Missouri on Oct. 24, 2022.

Bishops, local parishes pray after St. Louis high school shooting kills 2

Oct 25, 2022

By Jonah McKeown

After a gunman at a magnet high school in St. Louis killed two people in an Oct. 24 rampage, the... Read more

Father Felipe Vélez Jiménez, the pastor of St. Gerard Maria Majella parish in the town of Iguala, was shot in the cheekbone right while driving his vehicle in Chilapa county, in the State of Guerrero, on July 28, 2022.

Priest in Mexico shot and wounded

Jul 29, 2022

By David Ramos

The priest, shot in the cheek while driving, is reported to be out of danger. Read more


U.S. bishops call for change after Highland Park shooting

Jul 7, 2022

By Maisy Sullivan

Following the July 4 shooting near Chicago, the U.S. bishops’ conference called for a continued push for change and noted... Read more

Pope Francis, pictured on Oct. 4, 2014.

Pope Francis condemns 'senseless shooting,' calls for end of violence after July Fourth parade attack

Jul 5, 2022

By CNA Staff

Pope Francis has expressed shock and sadness over the mass shooting that led to the death of at least six... Read more

First responders take away victims from the scene of a mass shooting at a Fourth of July parade on July 4, 2022 in Highland Park, Illinois. At least six people were killed and 19 injured, according to published reports.

Local 22-year-old man in custody in July Fourth parade shooting in Illinois

Jul 4, 2022

By CNA Staff

Authorities identified the suspect as Robert “Bobby” E. Crimo III, who they believe is driving a silver Honda Fit. Read more

Memorial for Irma and José García in Uvalde, Texas.

Texas school shooting: Friend recalls faith of slain teacher and her heartbroken husband

Jun 16, 2022

By David Ramos

Irma and José Gómez were "always willing to help others." Read more

Texans on June 5, 2022, visit the memorial at Robb Elementary School dedicated to the victims of the May shooting in Uvalde, Texas.

Texas school shooting: Answer to cause of massacre lies in the culture of death, archbishop says

Jun 8, 2022

By David Ramos

The archbishop also lamented that the authorities "don’t want to commit to taking more effective and more radical responses.” 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

Video footage of the Aug. 19, 2021 funeral Mass for fallen Chicago police officer Ella French shows Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot returning from receiving Communion from Fr. Dan Brandt, a Catholic chaplain for the Chicago Police Department.

Police chaplain 'mortified' he mistakenly gave Chicago mayor Communion at Officer Ella French’s funeral

"You know something, I am to blame for that and I am mortified," Fr. Dan Brandt told CNA Friday, explaining... Read more

Blase Cardinal Cupich of Chicago

After police officer's shooting death, Cardinal Cupich urges 'commitment to protecting life'

Aug 11, 2021

By Christine Rousselle

Blase Cardinal Cupich of Chicago condemned Wednesday the rising levels of gun violence in the city of Chicago and called... Read more

Bishop Michael Barber, S.J. CNA file photo.

Oakland's Catholic bishop robbed of cash, episcopal ring while praying near cathedral

May 26, 2021

By CNA Staff

A gun-wielding man allegedly robbed Bishop Michael Barber of Oakland of some money and his episcopal ring near the city’s... Read more

Bishop Michael Sheridan of Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs bishop calls for prayers after deadly shooting

May 10, 2021

By CNA Staff

The bishop of Colorado Springs called Catholics to prayer on Monday after a local shooter killed seven people, including himself,... Read more

St. Joseph Cathedral, Buffalo

Diocese of Buffalo drafting parish grouping plan

May 10, 2021

The Diocese of Buffalo is preparing to draft a plan for regrouping parishes, with a finalized plan due in September.  Read more