Category Archives: terrorist attacks

Cardinal Nichols calls for ‘prayer, solidarity & calm’ after Westminster terrorist attack

Cardinal Vincent Nichols, who is Archbishop of Westminster and president of the bishops’ conference of England and Wales, said this morning: Yesterday’s attacks in Westminster have shocked us all. The kind of violence we have seen all too often in … Continue reading

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Francis declares martyred priest a ‘blessed’, calls Islamist murder ‘satanic’

[Austen Ivereigh] Pope Francis this morning declared that the elderly French priest murdered at the altar by young men claiming allegiance to the Islamic State was a martyr who had undergone a “satanic” persecution. He also said that Father Jacques Hamel’s picture … Continue reading

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Pope Francis’s six-fold response to jihadist terror

[Austen Ivereigh] It is clear that the Islamic world is in a major crisis over the relationship of religion to politics, one comparable, in its way, to the European Wars of Religion in the seventeenth century that were eventually resolved … Continue reading

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Burying Fr Hamel, archbishop asks: ‘Can the world still wait for the chain of love which will replace the chain of hate?’

The funeral yesterday of Fr Jacques Hamel, the 85-year-old priest slain last week while saying Mass in his Normandy church, was attended by close to 2,000 in Rouen cathedral yesterday, among them around 100 Muslims. Hanging in the entrance was a painting … Continue reading

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Pope Francis’s ‘prayer for protection from terrorism’

This afternoon at 6:00 p.m., en route to Campus Misericordiae for the World Youth Day Prayer Vigil with young people from around the world, Pope Francis made a brief visit to the Church of St. Francis directly opposite the Archbishop’s residence, … Continue reading

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Bishops counter Rouen murder with promise to build ‘civilization of love’

[Austen Ivereigh] Catholic church leaders have reacted to the slaying by Islamists of an elderly French priest yesterday morning with a call to resist feelings of vengeance and hatred and to help build a civilization of love. The peculiar horror … Continue reading

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The Pope on Nice: ‘The pain of the massacre is alive in our hearts’

Remembering the loss of innocent lives in Nice, many of whom were children, the Pope yesterday said “the pain of the massacre is alive in our hearts”. Speaking at Sunday’s Angelus, he said he was “close to each family and the … Continue reading

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Francis deplores ‘cowardly and senseless’ massacre of Lahore Christians

Deploring what he called yesterday “a cowardly and senseless crime”, Pope Francis yesterday appealed to the civil authorities in Pakistan to protect vulnerable religious minorities following the deaths of 72 mostly Christians in an Easter Day suicide attack on a park … Continue reading

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Bishops on Brussels bombings

Belgian bishops: The bishops of Belgium are appalled to learn of the attack at Zaventem airport and in the center of Brussels. They share the anguish of thousands of travelers and their families, aviation professionals and the first responders who … Continue reading

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