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‘Horrendous attack weighs on all our hearts,’ says cardinal

News reports about the attack, which left at least eight people dead and 11 others injured, "are too preliminary to understand fully what has happened," the cardinal said, "but it grieves me deeply that we must again respond to such acts of terror."

To promote peace, help young people, says Colombian Caritas volunteer

In Colombia, the church's charitable agency Caritas and many dioceses are promoting programs with a purpose: building peace in a country consumed by conflict for more than five decades.

Catholic dioceses in South ‘in a growth mode,’ says Atlanta archbishop

The Catholic dioceses of the Carolinas and Georgia are experiencing record growth, Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory of Atlanta said during a meeting of the U.S. Catholic Church's Atlanta province.

Parish prays for congressman in critical condition after shooting

More than 150 people attended a prayer service at St. Catherine of Siena Church in Metairie June 14 to pray for the recovery of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-Louisiana, and other victims of a shooting in Alexandria, Virginia, early that morning.

Quebec bishops offer prayers, encouragement for flood victims

While the Quebec bishops are in Rome for their "ad limina" visits, they have expressed solidarity with those affected by the floods in their Canadian province.

Struggle against the ‘culture of destruction,’ pope tells teens

Pope Francis told Italian students May 6 he was shocked when a massive U.S. bomb used in Afghanistan was referred to as "the mother of all bombs."

Historic Israeli church reopens in Galilee 20 months after arson attack

Two suspects have been held under administrative detention since July 2015 for involvement in the arson, which police are treating as a hate crime.

Maryland senator, agencies continue to fight refugee ban

Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin praised CRS, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, and other organizations that make Baltimore what he called "one of the major centers" for refugee advocacy and resettlement.

Ireland’s Pioneers say more youths look for alternative to drinking

The temperance group said school visits by their representatives are increasingly paying off, with more and more students pledging to abstain from alcohol until they turn 18 and to keep away from illicit drugs for life.

Research shows TV viewing can harm your body and brain

A 25-year study conducted by researchers in California, Maryland and Minnesota shows the negative impact TV watching has on a person's body and brain.