Tag: violence

Dallas’ Bishop Burns says forgiveness in court was act of Christian love

WASHINGTON | A Dallas bishop said that the public forgiveness offered by the brother of a murder victim toward the person who killed him was “an incredible example of Christian love.” Bishop Edward J. Burns, who heads of the Diocese of Dallas, offered the statement after 18-year-old Brandt Jean forgave former Dallas police officer Amber… Read more »

Churches padlocked, schools closed week after Sri Lanka attacks

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka | Fears of suicide bomb attacks kept many Christians and Muslims away from churches and mosques for Sunday Mass and Friday prayers a week after the Easter bombings. The Catholic Church halted Masses and Sunday schools until security improves after terror attacks killed more than 250 people April 21; the gates of… Read more »

USCCB president condemns shooting at synagogue, all ‘acts of hate’

WASHINGTON | The U.S. Catholic bishops stand with “our brothers and sisters of the Jewish community,” the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said Oct. 27 after a horrific shooting earlier that day in Pittsburgh at the Tree of Life Synagogue, described as a hub of Jewish life in that city. The shooting… Read more »

Virginia bishops ask for peace as Charlottesville anniversary approaches

ARLINGTON, Va. | Two bishops in the state of Virginia asked Catholics and others to offer prayers for peace on the first anniversary of a deadly rally in Charlottesville. “I call upon all Catholics and people of good will to pray for peace in our nation, and for an end to the division that is… Read more »

Nicaraguan bishops to pray for exorcism as violence continues

MANAGUA, Nicaragua | As attacks on Catholic clergy continue and anti-government protesters are besieged by Nicaraguan police and paramilitaries, the bishops said they would pray an exorcism prayer. The bishops said July 20 would be a day of prayer and fasting “as an act of atonement for the profanation carried out in recent months against… Read more »

Texas archdiocese, bishops offer healing, support after shooting

HOUSTON | In response to the May 18 school shooting at a Houston-area high school, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston said the archdiocesan community would “unite to support and offer healing to those affected.” “As a society, we must strive for a way to end such acts of senseless gun violence in our schools… Read more »

Pope expresses concern about ‘spiral of violence’ in Holy Land

VATICAN CITY | Warning that violence will never bring peace, Pope Francis urged all sides to do all they can to foster dialogue in the Middle East. “I am very worried about the intensifying tensions in the Holy Land and the Middle East and about the spiral of violence that increasingly leads away from the… Read more »

Jerusalem archbishop calls for prayers for peace as violence increases

JERUSALEM | As the world witnesses “another outburst of hatred and violence, which is once again bleeding all over the Holy Land,” the head of Jerusalem’s Latin Patriarchate called for prayers for peace. “We need to pray more for peace and our conversion and for all,” said Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, apostolic administrator of the patriarchate,… Read more »

Toronto cardinal calls for prayers after van kills at least 10

TORONTO | Toronto Cardinal Thomas Collins called for special prayers after a van jumped a curb and killed at least 10 people on a busy Toronto street. Although officials said the April 23 incident did not appear to be terrorism, they said it did appear to be deliberate. Cabinet members from leading industrialized nations were… Read more »

Pope, Christian leaders condemn use of violence against Syria

VATICAN CITY | Sharply criticizing a failure to find nonviolent means of bringing peace to Syria and other parts of the world, Pope Francis appealed to world leaders to work for justice and peace. “I am deeply disturbed by the current world situation, in which, despite the instruments available to international community, it struggles to… Read more »