Father Fabian Marquez was the right priest at a very wrong time.He was among several priests in El Paso, Texas, summoned to help out where they could in the hours following the brazen Aug. 3 assault at a Walmart store in the Texas border town that left 22 dead and dozens of others wounded.
A church in the Diocese of Pittsburgh announced Aug. 13 it was canceling a popular summer event, its parish festival, after receiving what it called “a disturbing message.”
According to a study from Harvard University’s School of Public Health, since 2011, public shootings in the U.S. have tripled in their frequency. More than three-quarters of the guns used in the rampages were acquired legally.
Borland has made three requests of Catholic leaders in the wake of recent shootings: To name and condemn white supremacy, to frame gun control as a pro-life position, and to hold Catholic politicians who “use the Lord’s name and talk about God in Christ to get elected and then don’t act once in office and embody those values” accountable.
Following another deadly shooting which killed 12 individuals in Virginia Beach on Friday, the U.S. Catholic Bishops are calling for legislation to curtail gun violence.
Yet another Mexican Catholic priest has been murdered in his parish – the second such lethal attack against clergy in the country in less than a week.
On Saturday, March 24, I attended the March For Our Lives event in Manhattan in support of those students and teachers who lost their lives in the school shooting in Florida.
On Easter, as thousands of Salvadorans from around the country packed into the rural town of Lolotique, Catholic Church officials laid to rest a 36-year-old priest violently killed during Holy Week – the latest victim of an unending wave of violence that plagues the country.
Four members of a Catholic family were killed in a militant attack in southern Pakistan a day after the minority community celebrated Easter.
A pair of passion plays were interrupted by gunfire on Good Friday as the violence convulsing Mexico continued claiming lives through the Holy Week holidays.