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New Mexico bishop defends governor’s controversial gun ban

Sep 12, 2023

By Peter Pinedo

An order issued by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Sept. 7 temporarily suspends the right of citizens to bear arms... Read more


Catholic bishops ask Supreme Court to uphold gun bans in domestic violence cases

Aug 23, 2023

By Kevin J. Jones

The Supreme Court will hear the case U.S. v. Rahimi in its upcoming session. Read more


Tennessee bishops call for new gun laws after Nashville school shooting

Apr 18, 2023

By Joe Bukuras

The Catholic bishops of Tennessee joined over 130 religious leaders in the state Tuesday in calling for tighter gun restrictions,... Read more

Community activists have begun a campaign to place thousands of signs across the city quoting the sixth commandment, “Thou shalt not kill.”

This U.S. city is fighting gun violence with posters that say 'Thou shalt not kill’

Jan 10, 2023

By Peter Pinedo

As the nation’s capital is rocked by soaring homicide numbers, community activists have begun a campaign to place thousands of... 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How some Catholic schools approached the National School Walkout over guns

Mar 14, 2018

By Mary Farrow

On Wednesday, thousands of students throughout the United States walked out of classrooms as part of National School Walkout, a... Read more

Demonstrators from Teens for Gun Reform, an organization of students in the Washington DC area created in the wake of February's school shooting in Parkland, Fla.

Bishops call for ‘common-sense gun measures’ after Florida school shooting

Mar 5, 2018

In the aftermath of the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. that killed 17... Read more

Bishop Frank Dewane, CNA file photo

Shootings demonstrate need for gun control, USCCB says

Nov 7, 2017

In response to mass shootings in Las Vegas, Nevada and the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Spring, Texas, the United... Read more


How should a Catholic respond to mass shootings?

Oct 5, 2017

By Matt Hadro

When Monsignor Robert Weiss gathered with parents in Connecticut, after 20 children were killed in a nearby shooting, the room... Read more

Cardinal Timothy Dolan prays at the 2012 USCCB Fall General Assembly.

Cardinal Dolan finds common ground with Obama on guns

Feb 20, 2013

Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York highlighted President Barack Obama's “call for sensible steps on gun control,” noting that... Read more