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A prayer vigil in Dallas for the injured and killed policemen in a July 8 attack in Dallas.

Be healers in a hurting world, Catholic bishops say after shootings

Jul 8, 2016

Amid tensions following two high profile police shootings of African-Americans and the subsequent killing of police in Dallas, Catholic bishops... Read more

Pope Francis.

Pope to world leaders: if you want to help Syrians, stop funding the war

Jul 5, 2016

By Elise Harris

In his message for a new campaign promoting peace in Syria, Pope Francis called out world leaders who speak of... Read more

Pope Francis and Catholicos Karekin II at the ecumenical meeting and prayer for peace on Saturday, June 25.

Pope to Armenian Church: 'Let us race towards full communion!'

Jun 25, 2016

Working toward full communion is a project of love, humility and peace, Pope Francis told Armenian Orthodox leaders gathered at... Read more

South African bishops rebuke government for spending billions on weapons

May 4, 2016

The Catholic bishops of South Africa have criticized the government for excessive weapons spending given the country’s major social problems.   Read more

Pope Francis at the Wednesday general audience in St. Peter's Square on June 17, 2015.

To obtain peace, we have to fight indifference with mercy, Pope says

Dec 15, 2015

By Elise Harris

Pope Francis’ message for 2016’s World Day of Peace is packed with bold pastoral and practical advice for both the... Read more

Pope Francis arrives in the Central African Republic Nov 29, 2015.

Pope advocates for peace, unity in Central African Republic

Nov 29, 2015

By Elise Harris

After landing in the war-torn Central African Republic, Pope Francis urged the country’s leaders to work for peace and reconciliation,... Read more

Muslim chaplain prays during Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

Don’t let youth fall prey to Islamic extremism, French Muslim leaders say

Nov 27, 2015

France’s leading Muslim organization has called on Muslims to counter radical forms of Islam, especially in the wake of the... Read more

Bishop Joseph Chusak (far right) at the Interreligious Peace March for Paris victims in Thailand, Nov. 19, 2015.

Five religions in Thailand send powerful message to people of Paris

Nov 21, 2015

Uniting with other major faith groups at an interreligious ‘March for Peace,’ Thai Catholics on Thursday offered prayers for the... Read more

Pope Francis bowed in prayer in St. Peter's Basilica on September 2, 2015.

Pope Francis leads synod in praying for peace in the Middle East

Oct 9, 2015

By Elise Harris

This morning, Pope Francis offered one of the synod’s daily moments of prayer for peace in the Middle East, and... Read more

Pope Francis visits the Brazilian community of Varginha July 25, 2013.

For Pope Francis, achieving peace means overcoming indifference

Aug 11, 2015

By Elise Harris

The Vatican announced Tuesday that the theme for 2016’s World Day of Peace will focus on a topic Pope Francis... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass in Sarajevo’s Kosevo Stadium June 6, 2015.

Pope tells Bosnians to be 'tenacious' workers for peace

Jun 6, 2015

By Ann Schneible

During his daytrip to a country still marred by the effects of a recent war, Pope Francis said peace is... Read more

People hold hands during a rally lead by faith leaders in front of Baltimore City Hall on May 3, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland.

For Catholics in West Baltimore, the only answer to violence is community

May 5, 2015

By Adelaide Mena, Matt Hadro

After unrest erupted in Baltimore following the death of 25 year-old Freddie Gray, Catholics stepped up to restore their communities... Read more

Refugee children at a refugee camp in Duhok, Iraq on March 28, 2015.

Fighting ISIS with a school – Iraqi bishop says education is needed for change

Apr 21, 2015

Bishop Bashar Matti Warda is the bishop of Erbil, Iraq, one of the dioceses most attacked by ISIS, and where... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during the Wednesday general audience on August 27, 2014.

The solution to North African violence – dialogue and encounter, Pope says

Mar 2, 2015

Pope Francis on Monday encouraged the bishops from northern Africa to dialogue with and encounter other groups, fostering hope for... Read more

Refugees who have fled from ISIS and arrived in Ankawa, in the northern part of Erbil, Iraq.

Enough talk about talking – Iraqi priest calls for action on ISIS

Feb 12, 2015

By Elise Harris

An Iraqi priest currently living in Rome said that those living the nightmare of ISIS are tired of hearing talk... Read more

Pope Francis prays with journalists on the papal flight en route to South Korea on Aug. 14, 2014.

Pope Francis urges end to scandal of 'fratricidal' violence in Ukraine

Feb 4, 2015

By Elise Harris

As the number of deaths in Ukraine continue to rise amid escalating violence, Pope Francis has called the war “a... Read more

Pope Francis addresses interreligious faith leaders in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Jan. 13, 2015.

Pope: Dialogue between religions key in countering violence

Jan 25, 2015

Pope Francis on Jan. 24 stressed the need for dialogue between different faiths, saying that it is essential in preventing... Read more

Pope Francis bows his head in prayer during a Wednesday general audience Oct. 2, 2013.

As Ukraine violence continues, Pope renews call for dialogue

Jan 25, 2015

By Ann Schneible

During his weekly Angelus address, Pope Francis decried the recent escalation of violence in Ukraine, and later called on Christians... Read more

Displaced persons in Central African Republic received aid from CRS, May, 2014.

In Central African Republic, Catholics reach out to Muslim ex-rebels

Dec 18, 2014

By Oliver Maksan

The Catholic Church in the Central African Republic continues to work for peace and reconciliation within the country, with its... Read more

Boys play soccer on a basketball court in Jerusalem.

For Holy Land youth, sports center to be ground for dialogue, peace

Dec 4, 2014

Franciscans in the Holy Land have launched a new project to bring together young people from different cultural and religious... Read more