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Pope Francis interacted with an energetic crowd of 65,000 young adults and catechists at Martyrs' Stadium in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, on Feb. 2, 2023.

Pope Francis to Congolese youth: Prayer is your secret weapon for peace

Feb 2, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis interacted with an enthusiastic crowd of about 65,000 young people and adults, some of whom traveled days to... Read more

Pope Francis celebrated Mass with around 1 million people in Kinshasa, DRC, on Feb. 1, 2023.

1 million attend joyful Mass with Pope Francis in Democratic Republic of Congo

Feb 1, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

Catholics danced and sang songs, including a chant of “Maman Maria,” which means “Mama Mary” in French, as they awaited... Read more

Pope Francis presides over the first papal Mass of the new year on Jan. 1, 2023, in St. Peter's Basilica in Rome.

Pope Francis entrusts the late Benedict XVI to the Blessed Virgin Mary

Jan 1, 2023

By Courtney Mares

At the first papal Mass of 2023, thousands of Catholics gathered in St. Peter’s Basilica prayed for the late Pope... Read more

With a cane in his right hand, 86-year-old Pope Francis delivers his 10th Christmas "Urbi et Orbi" blessing on Dec. 25, 2022.

On Christmas Day, Pope Francis prays for Prince of Peace to end ‘third world war’

Dec 25, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Speaking from the central balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica on Dec. 25, the pope offered the traditional “Urbi et Orbi”... Read more

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‘Eucharistic adoration in every church in Europe’: Prayers for Ukraine on Holy Cross feast

Sep 13, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Catholic bishops have called for “Eucharistic adoration in every church in Europe” to pray for peace in Ukraine on the... Read more

Bishop Jesús González Hernández

Bishop tells Mexican people not to remain silent amid acts of violence

Aug 1, 2022

By CNA Staff

During a July 30 Mass in Chilpancingo’s town square, the bishop said that “those of us who can speak, must... Read more

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Church leaders in Mexico call for days of prayer for peace amid increasing violence

Jul 5, 2022

By David Ramos

“There is a wound to heal and there is the strength that the country needs today to build peace,” the... Read more

Pope Francis met with an interreligious delegation including leaders of Buddhism in Mongolia on May 28, 2022

Pope Francis invites Mongolian Buddhists and Catholics to work together to end violence

May 28, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

"We have a duty to arouse in humanity the will to renounce violence and build a culture of peace," Pope... Read more

Pope Francis prays before Our Lady of Fatima May 13, 2015.

Ukraine war: Catholics invited to join Pope Francis in praying rosary for peace

May 26, 2022

By CNA Staff

The Vatican said: ‘All the faithful in every part of the world are invited to support Pope Francis in his... Read more

Pope Francis, pictured on July 30, 2016.

Here’s what Pope Francis says about World War III in a new book

Apr 13, 2022

By Courtney Mares

‘And so, step by step, we are moving towards catastrophe,’ the pope writes. Read more

Pope Francis’ general audience in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, April 13, 2022.

Pope Francis: ‘Armed aggression’ is ‘an outrage against God’

Apr 13, 2022

By CNA Staff

The pope described war as ‘a blasphemous betrayal of the Lord of Passover.’ Read more

Cardinal Pietro Parolin in Kiev, Ukraine, in 2017.

Cardinal Parolin says religion is fundamental to promoting peace

Apr 12, 2022

By Andrea Gagliarducci

In Part 4 of an exclusive interview, the Vatican Secretary of State speaks about peace, reconciliation and ecumenical challenges. Read more

Pope Francis with Cardinal Peter Turkson, prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, in the Vatican, Nov. 10, 2017.

Pope Francis: Justice and peace commissions offer an ‘indispensable service’

Nov 17, 2021

By CNA Staff

The pope said that justice and peace could be built only through ‘two paths.’ Read more

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Nuclear disarmament long overdue, Vatican diplomat tells UN

Sep 29, 2021

By Kevin J. Jones

Reluctant states should sign a treaty banning nuclear weapons, Vatican diplomat Archbishop Paul Gallagher told the United Nations on Tuesday.... Read more

Pope Francis at the general audience in St. Peter’s Square, April 17, 2013.

Pope Francis appeals to Holy Land Catholics as bishops consecrate Middle East to Holy Family

Jun 27, 2021

By CNA Staff

The act of consecration took place at the Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth. Read more

Patriarch Pierbattista Pizzaballa blesses the congregation at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem on April 4, 2021.

Catholic bishops to consecrate Middle East to the Holy Family

Jun 16, 2021

By CNA Staff

The act of consecration will take place June 27 in Nazareth’s Basilica of the Annunciation. Read more

Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago

Cardinal Cupich: A world without nuclear weapons is ‘not some utopian dream’ 

Jun 15, 2021

Ahead of important international meetings this week, Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago urged President Joe Biden and other world leaders... Read more

Pope Francis addresses new ambassadors accredited to the Holy See in the Vatican’s Clementine Hall, May 21, 2021.

Pope Francis calls for global prayer for peace in the Holy Land

May 21, 2021

By Christine Rousselle

The pope was addressing ambassadors newly accredited to the Holy See. Read more

Pope Francis gives a blessing after his Angelus address on Aug. 30, 2020.

Pope Francis prays for 'martyred Syria' on eve of 10th anniversary of war

Mar 14, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis urged the world not to forget the ongoing suffering of the “martyred” people of Syria on the eve... Read more

Pope Francis gives the Angelus address Jan. 1, 2021. Credit: Vatican Media.

Pope Francis: With Mary's help, fill the new year with 'spiritual growth'

Jan 1, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

The Virgin Mary’s motherly care encourages us to use our God-given time for building up the world and peace, not... Read more