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School children pay tribute to those killed in a Nov. 6, 2023, fire that left 14 migrants dead in a settlement in the Cerro Obligado neighborhood of the town of Coronel, Chile.

Chilean archbishop expresses pain, shame over fire that killed 14 migrants

Nov 10, 2023

By Julieta Villar

The tragedy occurred Nov. 6 in a house built with pallet wood and tin roofing in a camp where families... Read more

The 33-meter Christ the Fisher sculpture was located in La Concordia in the Mexican state of Chiapas.

Lightning strike destroys monumental statue of Christ in Mexico

Sep 14, 2023

By Diego López Colín

Christ the Fisher was erected by Peruvian sculptor Pedro Víctor Cuya Ramos. Its construction began in 2014 and six years... Read more

The fire that devastated St. Joseph's sanctuary was primarily concentrated in the roof.

Fire devastates historic Oregon Catholic church: Sanctuary is lost

Aug 31, 2023

By Peter Pinedo

St. Joseph’s is one of the oldest parish communities in Oregon. It serves about 3,500 faithful and is a part... Read more

Investigators are looking into what caused a blaze at Incarnation Catholic Church in Orlando, Florida, on Saturday, June 24, 2023.

Catholic church set ablaze in Orlando, Florida, under investigation

Jun 26, 2023

By Joe Bukuras

Investigators are looking into what caused a blaze at Incarnation Catholic Church in Orlando, Florida, on Saturday night. Read more

Migrants wake up after spending the night outside the immigration detention center where at least 38 migrants died during a fire in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua state, Mexico, on March 29, 2023.

Bishops lament ‘terrible tragedy’ that left at least 38 migrants dead in Mexico

Mar 30, 2023

By Ana Paula Morales

Bishop José Guadalupe Torres of Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, expressed in a March 28 statement his deepest condolences for the 38... Read more

Picture of the Cathedral Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida taken on the day of the patron saint of Brazil, in Aparecida, Sao Paulo State, on Oct. 12, 2022.

Fire breaks out at Our Lady of Aparecida Shrine in Brazil

Dec 22, 2022

By CNA Staff

According to the Marian shrine, the fire started because a candle had been placed on a pew. Read more

The depiction of Our Lady of the Gate of Dawn

Mass for image of Our Lady ‘miraculously saved’ from a fire in the Ukrainian capital

Nov 21, 2022

By Justyna Galant

The image of Our Lady of the Gate of Dawn was hanging right on the organ in the church of... Read more

Pope Francis prays with journalists on the papal flight en route to South Korea on Aug. 14, 2014.

Pope Francis prays for victims of New York City’s deadliest fire in decades

Jan 10, 2022

By CNA Staff

Nineteen people, including nine children, died in the apartment fire in the Bronx. Read more

Carfin Grotto, Scotland’s national shrine to Our Lady of Lourdes, is cleaned after a suspected arson attack on Oct. 17, 2021.

Fire ‘set deliberately’ damages Scotland’s national shrine to Our Lady of Lourdes

Oct 19, 2021

By CNA Staff

It is the latest in a series of incidents that have alarmed the country’s Catholics. Read more

Fire damage at the Church of St. Nicholas in Kyiv, Ukraine.

Fire damages historic Catholic church in Ukraine

Sep 21, 2021

By CNA Staff

The Church of St. Nicholas, Kyiv, was seized by communists in 1938. Read more

Archbishop Stanisław Gądecki, president of the Polish Catholic bishops’ conference.

Catholic bishops in Poland express solidarity with Polish community after Glasgow church fire

Jul 30, 2021

By CNA Staff

Flames engulfed St. Simon’s, Partick, in Glasgow on July 28. Read more

St. Simon’s, Partick, in Glasgow, Scotland.

Fire engulfs 163-year-old Catholic church in Scotland

Jul 28, 2021

By CNA Staff

One person was rescued after firefighters were called to the scene. Read more

The fire-ravaged coronavirus isolation ward of al-Hussein Teaching Hospital in Nasiriyah, Iraq, July 13, 2021.

Pope Francis prays for more than 60 people killed in Iraq COVID ward fire

Jul 13, 2021

By CNA Staff

The pope assured families of “his spiritual closeness to all affected.” Read more

The spire of Notre Dame collapsed in the April 15, 2019 fire.

Notre Dame Cathedral spire to be rebuilt as replica of pre-fire design

Jul 9, 2020

President Emmanuel Macron of France has announced that the Notre Dame cathedral spire will be rebuilt as a replica of... Read more

St. Paul Outside the Walls.

How an Italian basilica was destroyed by fire in the 19th century

Dec 23, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

The partial destruction of Notre Dame basilica in a fire earlier this year elicited mourning from Catholics and non-Catholic alike. But... Read more

No injuries a ‘blessing’ after fire destroys Catholic Charities shelter in N.J. 

Aug 26, 2019

After a fire destroyed a Catholic Charities shelter in Paterson, New Jersey on Saturday, Catholic leaders are counting their blessings... Read more

A fire in the Amazon rainforest in Brazil Aug. 23, 2019.

Catholic leaders voice concern over Amazon fires

Aug 23, 2019

Catholics groups in the Amazon have expressed concern over the wave of forest fires that have been ravaging the region.  Read more

St. Joseph Catholic Church in Phoenix destroyed by fire, cause unknown

May 1, 2019

An extensive fire destroyed St. Joseph Catholic Church in north Phoenix during the early morning hours of May 1. The... Read more

Cattle paid to South Sudan families after girls died in Catholic school fire

Apr 7, 2019

After a fire killed three young girls at a Catholic girls boarding school in South Sudan last month, the local... Read more

Virgen de la Candelaria Chapel burns on Jan. 20, 2018.

'Rambo' the hero: Dog saves nuns from fire

Jan 23, 2018

A dog named Rambo lived up to his “action hero” name, when his barking alerted sleeping religious sisters that a... Read more