Terrorist attacks pose challenge for all ‘people of faith,’ says imam

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Atrocities committed in the name of Islam reverberate in a historic mosque in Washington. “It’s difficult,” said Imam Talib Shareef, who is head preacher at the Nation’s Mosque. He made the comments in an interview with Catholic News Service Nov. 28. Two weeks earlier, terrorist attacks, which the Islamic State claimed responsibility…

If we turn our backs on refugees, the terrorists win

Editorial Joe Towalski Helping war refugees is one way to practice the works of mercy the Holy Father has asked us to undertake Two and a half months ago, the plight of international refugees received renewed attention after media outlets around the world published photos of Aylan Kurdit, the 3-year-old boy from Syria who drowned…

World’s Catholic leaders condemn terrorist attacks in Paris, Beirut

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Catholic leaders around the world condemned terrorist attacks in Paris and Beirut, offering prayers and condolences. “The time has come for the world to stand united against terrorism and to confront the reasons of terrorism, such as feelings of oppression, hatred, bad education and fanaticism, with no double standards,” said the Jerusalem-based…

Nothing can justify terrorist attacks, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — “This is not human,” Pope Francis said after a night of terror in Paris left more than 120 people dead and more than 200 people injured. As French authorities investigated the almost simultaneous attacks Nov. 13 on at least six different sites — inside a concert hall, outside a soccer stadium,…

Attack in Pakistan part of wave of anti-Christian violence, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Condemning deadly terrorist attacks against a Catholic and an Anglican church in Pakistan, Pope Francis said “the world is trying to hide” a wave of anti-Christian persecution in various parts of the globe. “With sadness, with much sadness, I learned of the terrorist attacks today against two churches in Lahore ……

New York’s French community offers prayers for victims of Paris attacks

NEW YORK (CNS) — New York’s French Catholic community offered solemn prayers for the victims of the recent terrorist attacks in Paris at an otherwise-joyful family Mass. “Everybody knows somebody who was involved in the massacre. They’re stunned, they’re searching and they don’t know what to do,” Msgr. John N. Paddack told Catholic News Service…