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Pope Francis greets pilgrims in Saint Peter's Square during his General Audience on Dec. 4 2013

Pope: 'seed of eternity' has been planted in our hearts

Dec 4, 2013

By Elise Harris

During his general audience, Pope Francis reflected on the resurrection of the body, explaining that we are “imprinted” with eternal... Read more

Pope Francis rides through St. Peter's Square after Mass on April 28, 2013

A Church without joy is unimaginable, Pope Francis says

Dec 3, 2013

By Elise Harris

The Pope focused his daily homily this morning on the themes of joy and peace, emphasizing that our God “is... Read more

Pope Francis led a prayer vigil for peace in Syria in St. Peter's Square on Sept. 7, 2013.

Argentine congress recommends Pope Francis for Nobel Peace Prize

Dec 2, 2013

Argentina’s House of Representatives has passed a resolution to nominate Pope Francis for the Nobel Peace Prize for his call... Read more

Cardinal Robert Sarah President of the Pontifical Council

Vatican launches healthcare initiative for Syrian refugee children

Nov 29, 2013

By Elise Harris

The Pontifical Council “Cor Unum” has collaborated with other Catholic organizations in order to arrange a special mission which will... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square before the Wednesday general audience on October 2, 2013.

Pope stresses relevance of Bl. John XXIII's peace encyclical

Oct 3, 2013

Bl. Pope John XXIII’s encyclical on peace should remind everyone of the need to “build peace on the example of... Read more

Lights are out on the dome of St. Peter's Basilica in honor of the Pakistan victims. Sept. 22, 2013.

Peace the only solution, Pope says in wake of Pakistan bombing

Sep 23, 2013

By Elise Harris

Pope Francis condemned a massive suicide bombing at a Christian Church in Pakistan over the weekend, calling the violence unacceptable... Read more


Nigerian bishops echo Pope's prayers for peace

Sep 17, 2013

The bishops of Nigeria have praised Pope Francis’ “inspiring leadership,” saying his Sept. 7 vigil for peace in Syria highlighted... Read more

Cardinal Theodore Mccarrick.

Religious liberty key to peace in Middle East, cardinal says

Sep 11, 2013

By Adelaide Mena

Lasting peace in the Holy Land and throughout the Middle East requires respect for human rights, including a vigorous freedom... Read more


Church in Colombia convenes national peace pilgrimage

Sep 9, 2013

The Colombian bishops are inviting the faithful of their country to take part in a pilgrimage for peace and reconciliation... Read more

Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square before the Wednesday general audience, May 22, 2013.

Pope Francis continues peace appeals on Twitter

Sep 9, 2013

After a global day of prayer and fasting for peace in Syria and throughout the world, Pope Francis is continuing... Read more

Bishop James D. Conley in Rome, Italy, May 4, 2012.

Taking sides in Syria conflict 'unreasonable,' bishop says

Sep 9, 2013

Bishop James D. Conley of Lincoln says that a solution to the violence in Syria must be achieved, not through... Read more

Pope Francis touches an image of Mary at the Sept. 7 prayer vigil for peace.

Papal peace vigil draws positive response

Sep 8, 2013

Pope Francis’ four-hour Saturday prayer vigil is part of a “major peace initiative” that is receiving a favorable reaction across... Read more

Pope Francis reflects before an image of Mary at the Sept. 7 prayer vigil for peace.

Embrace peace, Pope tells massive prayer vigil

Sep 7, 2013

Addressing myriad people in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis denounced war as a “defeat for humanity” and called on world leaders... Read more

Pope Francis leads Eucharistic Adoration at St. Peter's Basilica on June 2, 2013.

Pope Francis carries forward papal commitment to peace

Sep 7, 2013

By Andrea Gagliarducci

In calling for a day of fasting and prayer for peace on Sept. 7, Pope Francis is following a long... Read more

Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, secretary for relations with states of the Holy See, addresses the UN General Assembly.

Vatican diplomat promotes moderation among Syrians

Sep 6, 2013

Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, Vatican City's secretary for relations with states, told a group of ambassadors that stakeholders in the Syrian... Read more

Pope Francis leads Eucharistic Adoration at St. Peter's Basilica, June 2, 2013.

Pope’s vigil for Syrian peace expected to be biggest in decades

Sep 5, 2013

A four-hour prayer vigil in St. Peter's Square for peace in Syria, initiated by Pope Francis and to be held... Read more

Patriarch Gregorios III Laham.

Melkite leader says attacks on Syria would worsen situation

Sep 4, 2013

By Adelaide Mena

The leader of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church has argued that despite reported chemical attacks in Syria, foreign military intervention... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Palm Sunday Mass on March 24, 2013 in St. Peter's Square.

Pope Francis announces global prayer vigil for peace on Sept. 7

Sep 1, 2013

Departing from his typical reflections on the Sunday gospel, Pope Francis used his Angelus audience today to call for peace... Read more

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry delivers remarks on Syria at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., on August 30, 2013 (State Department photo).

US weighs military action in Syria as bishops call for dialogue

Aug 30, 2013

By Adelaide Mena

Top U.S. officials say they are still considering a “narrow” military response to the reported use of chemical weapons in... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims July 14, 2013 at the papal villa in Castel Gandolfo, Italy. Lauren Cater/CNA

Pope links fraternity and peace in 2014 theme

Jul 31, 2013

Pope Francis’ message for the Jan. 1, 2014 World Day of Peace is that living a life of fraternity can... Read more