Kenyan Catholic bishops have urged the citizens to prepare to vote peacefully in the Aug. 8 general elections.
Christians are called to detach themselves from power, reject violence and sacrifice themselves for God and others out of love, Pope Francis said.
Rev. Yeary, along with Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore and Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis, recounted the tough times their city faced but also the healing role that faith has played at a May 3 panel on “Violence, Faith and Policing in Baltimore” hosted in Washington.
Amidst anti-government protests in Venezuela which turned deadly after March 29, when the Venezuelan Supreme Court ruled to dissolve the country’s parliament, Pope Francis called for an end to the bloodshed.
A Catholic priest has been found dead in northern Mexico, marking another attack on clergy in a country where the widespread violence of the past decade has not spared church leaders.
The Catholic Church has a “tremendous responsibility to bring people together in prayer and dialogue, to begin anew the vital work of fostering healing and lasting peace,” said a report by a U.S. bishops’ task force released Jan. 5 in the wake of last year’s incidents of violence and racial tensions.
Governments need to report, condemn and address all forms of discrimination against Christians, including intolerance shown in the media and public debates, said a Vatican diplomat.
Two priests were kidnapped and killed in the Mexican state of Veracruz, raising the death toll of prelates murdered in Mexico to 14 in less than four years.
Prayers for peace at Catholic schools and parishes around the country Sept. 9 are meant to “build relationships and plant seeds in people’s minds and hearts” said Bishop Shelton J. Fabre of Houma-Thibodaux, Louisiana.