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Pope Francis said he prays every day for an end to the war in Israel and Palestine during a prayer service June 7, 2024, in the Vatican Gardens, commemorating 10 years since the symbolic planting of an olive tree in the presence of the presidents of Israel and Palestine in 2014.

Pope Francis recalls 2014 embrace of Palestine and Israel presidents at prayer for peace

Jun 8, 2024

By Hannah Brockhaus

A prayer service in the Vatican Gardens marked the 10th anniversary of the 2014 “prayer for peace in the Holy... Read more

Pilgrims attend Mass ahead of a Marian procession on May 31, 2024, near the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in the Old City of Jerusalem to ask Our Lady of Palestine to intercede for peace in war-torn Gaza.

Jerusalem’s Marian procession: A call for peace in war-torn Gaza

Jun 3, 2024

By Rafi Ghattas

Palestinian Christians carried a statue of Mary through the streets of Jerusalem to ask Our Lady of Palestine to intercede... Read more

Members of ACLI (Italian Christian Workers' Associations) hold a sign with the word "peace" in Italian, in St. Peter's Square on June 1, 2024.

Pope Francis: Building peace requires ‘taking a risk’

Jun 1, 2024

By Hannah Brockhaus

Being peacemakers in the style of Jesus Christ, while necessary and valuable, can also be risky, Pope Francis said as... Read more

Bishop Bart van Roijen walked the length of the Gaza Strip on April 29 in support of those suffering due to the Israel-Hamas conflict.

Catholic bishop walks length of Gaza Strip in support of cease-fire

May 6, 2024

By Francesca Pollio Fenton

A Catholic bishop in eastern Canada walked the length of the Gaza Strip on April 29 in support of those... Read more

Pope Francis appears in the window of the Apostolic Palace to give his Sunday Angelus address on Jan. 14, 2024.

Pope Francis: ‘War itself is a crime against humanity’

Jan 14, 2024

By Courtney Mares

Speaking at the end of his Angelus address, the pope urged people to pray for all who are suffering due... Read more

The lighting of the first Hanukkah candle during the interfaith event organized by the Kehilat Zion on the first night of Hanukkah on Dec. 7, 2023, in Jerusalem.

PHOTOS: Hanukkah events in Jerusalem focus on finding light, hope, and faith in dark times

Dec 14, 2023

By Marinella Bandini

On Dec. 7 and 12, Hanukkah events in Jerusalem brought together Jews, Christians, and representatives of other faiths to celebrate... Read more

Bishop Cristobal Ascencio with pilgrims from the diocese of Apatzingán, Mexico, Nov. 8, 2023.

Bishop from area plagued by violence in Mexico prays for peace at Guadalupe shrine

Nov 10, 2023

By Ana Paula Morales

Bishop Cristóbal Ascencio García of Apatzingán located in the Mexican state of Michoacán, led the annual diocesan pilgrimage to the... Read more

An aerial view of the León city stadium in Guanajuato state in Mexico, where approximately 22,000 people gathered on Nov. 5, 2023, to participate in the traditional “living rosary,” an expression of faith in search of peace.

22,000 people pray ‘living rosary’ for peace in violence-plagued Mexican state

Nov 9, 2023

By Diego López Colín

Thousands gathered on Nov. 5 in the León city stadium in Guanajuato state in Mexico to participate in the traditional... Read more

Pope Francis meets with the leaders of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem at the Vatican on Nov. 9, 2023.

Pope Francis laments ‘innocent dead’ in Holy Land conflict

Nov 9, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

The Holy Father made the remarks during a meeting Thursday with a Catholic order of knighthood that supports the Holy... Read more

Cardinal Mauro Piacenza.

How to bring peace to the world? Start with sacramental confession, cardinal says

Oct 31, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

We can take hope in the reconciliation, mercy, and peace of Christ in confession, Cardinal Mauro Piacenza said in a... Read more

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

Catholic patriarch calls day of prayer and fasting for peace in the Holy Land

Oct 12, 2023

By Courtney Mares

Cardinal Pierbattista Pizzaballa has urged Catholics to organize times of prayer with Eucharistic adoration and recitation of the rosary. Read more

National Dialogue for Peace in Mexico.

Church in Mexico launches citizen accord to fight ‘dynamics of violence and destruction’

Sep 27, 2023

By Diego López Colín

The accord, as well as the creation of a National Peace Network, came as the National Dialogue for Peace was... Read more

Pope Francis and Cardinal Matteo Zuppi at the Vatican on Aug. 24, 2023.

Cardinal Zuppi heading to Beijing to discuss peace efforts in Ukraine

Sep 12, 2023

By Courtney Mares

Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni confirmed on Tuesday that the cardinal will be in the Chinese capital as the pope’s peace... Read more

Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher.

Vatican diplomat: Pope Francis ‘stubbornly believes in peace’ 

Jul 18, 2023

By Daniel Payne

Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher last week defended what he described as Pope Francis’ “strong and courageous” push for peace in... Read more

President of the Italian Bishops' Conference Cardinal Matteo Maria Zuppi (center) attends the consistory for the creation of new cardinals at St. Peter's Basilica on Aug. 27, 2022, in Vatican City.

Cardinal Zuppi to meet with President Biden to discuss Ukraine

Jul 17, 2023

By Jonathan Liedl

The visit to Washington comes weeks after the Biden administration announced it would send controversial “cluster bombs” to Ukraine. Read more

Cardinal Matteo Maria Zuppi, archbishop of Bologna, during a consistory Oct. 5, 2019.

Cardinal Zuppi to go to Moscow this week as Pope Francis’ peace envoy

Jun 27, 2023

By Courtney Mares

Zuppi will arrive in Russia’s capital less than one week after a paramilitary organization known as the Wagner Group rebelled... Read more

Pope Francis at his general audience in St. Peter's Square on May 17, 2023.

Pope Francis on G7 Summit: Nuclear deterrence offers ‘only an illusion of peace’

May 21, 2023

By Courtney Mares

In Hiroshima, G7 leaders issued their first-ever statement on nuclear disarmament, with a special focus on Russia. Read more

Pope Francis delivers his Regina Caeli address on May 21, 2023.

Pope Francis: ‘We must not get used to war!’

May 21, 2023

By Courtney Mares

The pope also prayed for peace in Sudan, where fighting between the country’s military and a coalition of paramilitary forces... Read more

Pope Francis greets the crowd at his Regina Caeli address on May 14, 2023.

Pope Francis prays for cease-fire between Israelis and Palestinians

May 14, 2023

By Courtney Mares

The pope spoke hours after a truce between Israel and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) militants in Gaza went into... Read more

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‘The most important and beautiful day of history’: Pope Francis on Easter 2023

Apr 9, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

“At Easter the destiny of the world was changed,” Pope Francis said on Easter 2023 at the Vatican. Read more