“While dialogue may not be able to prevent all atrocities, solidarity in the wake of violence can help to heal communities in the aftermath of trauma”
In new book ‘Let Us Dream’, Francis likens plight of indigenous ethnic group to that of the Rohingya in Myanmar, the Yazidi in the Middle East and the persecuted Christians of Egypt and Pakistan
“Religions have nothing to do” with violence, discrimination and hatred, stress Francis and good friend Ahmad Al-Tayyeb
In OSCE meeting, Vatican permanent representative laments “profound ramifications” of coronavirus lockdown measures on religious freedom
“I now feel an even greater urge to be a witness of peace, brotherhood and forgiveness”, Father Pierluigi Maccalli says after surviving imprisonment by Islamist radicals
Jewish, Muslim, Catholic, Orthodox and Lutheran leaders march for peace as memorials declare “Vienna is stronger than hate” and “Our religion is love”
“It is our obligation as faith leaders to model responses that are dignified, humane and merciful, rather than vengeful”, say members of Religions for Peace World Council
Quoting Pope Francis, President of Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue insists fundamentalism “not due to religion, but to misinterpretations of religious texts”
“It is legitimate for a State… to impose measures that are for the benefit of all”, claims Archbishop of Poitiers Pascal Wintzer
Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich warns on publication of blasphemous cartoons: “There cannot be absolute freedom… freedom of expression must take into account others’ views”
Livestreaming catechesis once again, Francis calls on Catholics to “be very attentive to the prescriptions of the authorities to defend ourselves against this pandemic”
“Numb with horror”, members of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue “reject utterly any misuse of religion to justify violence.”
German Bishops’ chair Georg Bätzing: “Terror in the name of religion perverts the name of God… We need religions to deliver what they promise: to bring about peace”
The Archbishop of Vienna calls citizens to “solidarity, community and respect” after wave of shootings Monday night killed at least 3 and injured 15
Nice diocese holds moving rite of reparation, Mass for All Saints in remembrance of three who perished in October 29 tragedy
French Bishops urge fix for “cancerous tumour” of extremism, insist that “despite the pain, Catholics refuse to give in to fear”
The terrorist attacks in France aren’t just about “religion” – they also involve a whole series of intricate historical, geopolitical and economic factors
Pope mourns aggression “that sowed death in a place of prayer and consolation”: “I pray for the victims, for their families and for the beloved French people, that they may respond to evil with good”
“It is tempting to dismiss the delusion as too small and fringe to lead to violence… However, past experience has shown us that when a minority drapes its cause in a cosmic discourse of good versus evil, atrocities can follow”
An Irish priest has warned that bishops’ cozying up to the alt-right is “reaping a bitter whirlwind”.
The Holy See has warned that law enforcement and security measures alone are not enough to combat radicalisation and terrorism.
To prevent war, we must fight injustice and poverty, care for the environment and watch our language, a German bishop has said.
German Catholics are appealing to citizens not to vote for the “right-wing extremist” AfD or ‘Alternative for Germany’ political party, denouncing that the group has no place in a mature democracy.
“For the fourth year, we are gathered in this too small church of Saint-Étienne du Rouvray, with you priests, nuns, parishioners, with you, the dear family of Father Jacques Hamel, with you witnesses of this dramatic gesture committed here”.