Cdl. DiNardo decries Texas church shooting, ‘fundamental problem in our society’

A man and woman attended a candlelight vigil after a mass shooting Nov. 5 at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. A gunman entered the church during Sunday services taking the lives of at least 26 people and injuring several more.

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Catholic Church stands "in unity" with the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, and the larger community after a shooting in Sunday services took the lives of at least 26 people and injured at least 20 others.

The dead ranged in age from 5 to 72 years old, and included 14-year-old Annabelle Pomeroy. Her father, Frank Pomeroy, is pastor of the church, but he wasn't at the service.

‘Respect and understanding’ needed to end ‘heinous and evil’ terrorist attacks

Police investigated the crime scene early Nov. 1 after a man driving a rented pickup truck ran down pedestrians and cyclists on a bike path alongside the Hudson River in New York City. The incident occurred near the World Trade Center memorial, killing at least eight and seriously injuring 11 in what the Mayor Bill de Blasio called “a particularly cowardly act of terror.”

WASHINGTON — All people must "work towards greater respect and understanding among all people so that heinous and evil acts like this become a thing of the past," wrote Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan in response to a pickup truck driver who mowed down pedestrians and bicyclists in New York late in the afternoon Oct. 31.

Cardinal Dolan stated, "Today our city and our nation are stunned and horrified by another act of senseless violence." At least eight people died and 11 others were injured in the attack.

Churches attacked, crisis worsens in Central African Republic

OXFORD, England — A Catholic aid worker warned of a worsening crisis in the Central African Republic, as church centers are attacked and more armed groups fight over territory and resources.

"Perhaps the situation is better in Bangui, the capital, but elsewhere conditions are deteriorating dramatically as conflicts multiply," said Christophe Droeven, country representative for the U.S.-based Catholic Relief Services.

POPE’S MESSAGE | Make room for kindness, not hopeless ‘mafia’ mentality

Pope Francis embraced a girl at his general audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican April 5. Before concluding his audience, the pope said he was horrified by a chemical attack in Syria the previous day that left 70 people dead.

VATICAN CITY — Hope can't remain hidden within, but must break free to overcome vengeful, mafia-like mentalities with mercy and humility, Pope Francis said.

Christians must give witness to hope through their lives as Jesus did and make room for Him in their hearts to fight evil by doing good to others, even their enemies, the pope said at his weekly general audience April 5.

Pope prays for peace following Turkey terrorist attack

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis led pilgrims in praying for peace and for the victims of a terrorist attack at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport in Turkey.

"Yesterday evening in Istanbul, a heinous terrorist attack was made that has killed and wounded many people. Let us pray for the victims, their families and for the dear Turkish people," the pope said June 29 after reciting the Angelus prayer with visitors in St. Peter's Square.

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