Apr 15, 2017 - 12:01 pm .- As the conflict in Syria rages on, a Salesian nun honored by the White House as a “Woman of Courage” said that no matter who is in charge, as long as they work for peace they have her vote.
Apr 11, 2017 - 12:29 am .- The president of the Sudanese Catholic Bishops’ Conference called on leaders in South Sudan’s Bahr El Ghazal region to fight segregation and division, uniting to work for peace in the violence-ridden country.
Apr 5, 2017 - 07:43 pm .- The Bishops of Paraguay made an urgent appeal for peace after hundreds of demonstrators set fire to the National Congress building in Asuncion on the night of March 31.
Apr 5, 2017 - 12:12 am .- As violence continues to plague the city of Chicago, Pope Francis has sent words of encouragement, solidarity and hope to the people who live there.
Mar 29, 2017 - 08:07 pm .- Political unrest and uncertainty about the future have grown in the Democratic Republic of Congo, following the Catholic bishops’ withdrawal from mediation talks aimed to resolve national political tensions.
Mar 20, 2017 - 08:46 am .- During a brief meeting with Rwandan president Paul Kagame Monday, Pope Francis voiced his sadness for members of the Church who participated in the 1994 genocide, asking for forgiveness and assuring those who still suffer of his prayer.
Mar 10, 2017 - 08:21 am .- The Vatican announced Friday that Pope Francis will make a six-day trip to Colombia in September with four cities on his itinerary, almost a year after the government and FARC rebels signed a major peace agreement.
Jan 29, 2017 - 09:09 am .- On Sunday Pope Francis said being poor in spirit doesn’t necessarily mean giving things up, but instead is rooted in humility and openness to others – an attitude capable of overcoming polemics and division, and leading to greater fraternity.
Jan 9, 2017 - 04:29 am .- Following a year marred by war and terrorism, Pope Francis told diplomats Monday that for 2017, peace has to be more than just an idea or a nice theory, but must be actively pursued with concrete policies aimed at promoting the common good and the dignity of the human person.
Dec 12, 2016 - 05:20 am .- The day after an explosion at the Coptic Orthodox cathedral in Cairo killed 25 people, mostly women and children, Pope Francis called the head of the Church to offer prayer, and to say they are united by the blood of their martyrs.
Dec 12, 2016 - 04:34 am .- When it comes to the many conflicts splintering different parts of the world, Pope Francis said the Christian response must be one of nonviolence, which isn’t passive, but active and has roots in a strong family life.
Dec 6, 2016 - 04:47 pm .- In late September, Pope Francis met with the controversial president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Joseph Kabila.
Nov 9, 2016 - 04:45 am .- After Donald Trump pulled off what was for many a surprising victory in the United States election, Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin offered his prayers that the new president-elect would promote peace in a world torn by conflict.
Nov 3, 2016 - 06:03 am .- Pope Francis spoke to representatives of different religions Thursday, telling them that acts of terrorism and violence must be very clearly condemned, while love and mercy – the heart of authentic religion – must be promoted.
Oct 18, 2016 - 06:32 am .- Religious leaders in Ethiopia have joined together to plea for peace amid ongoing protests that have sometimes resulted in deadly violence.
Oct 6, 2016 - 01:02 pm .- This week, children at more than 2,000 schools across Syria are drawing images of peace and writing messages to the political decision-makers of the European Union and the United Nations under the motto “Peace for Children.” More than one million children are also signing a petition.
Oct 5, 2016 - 06:05 am .- On Wednesday Pope Francis gave a recap of his recent trip to Georgia and Azerbaijan, noting how this year both nations will celebrate the 25th anniversary of their independence from the Soviet regime.
Sep 23, 2016 - 03:32 am .- Father Patrick Winslow is a priest at a Catholic church in Charlotte’s University City neighborhood.
Sep 22, 2016 - 03:09 pm .- While genocide, war crimes, and violence against humanity continue to plague individuals across the globe, Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin called for the protection of victims of atrocities and urged both religious leaders and national authorities to step up preventive measures.
Sep 20, 2016 - 11:13 am .- While in Assisi for an interreligious prayer gathering, Pope Francis cautioned against an indifference that ignores the suffering of others as easily as flipping through TV channels, stressing that peace only comes through action and solidarity.