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Pope calls on Church in Sri Lanka to be leaven for reconciliation

May 5, 2014

During his ad limina address Saturday, Pope Francis urged the bishops of Sri Lanka to continue their role in reconciliation... Read more

Pope Francis prays during his general audience on September 25, 2013

Pope urges Christian communities to be ones of peace

Apr 29, 2014

By Elise Harris

Returning to his usual daily Mass schedule, Pope Francis reflected today that our contemporary faith communities ought to reflect that... Read more

Pope Francis speaks to pilgrims during his General Audience on September 25, 2013

Pope responds to Venezuelan peace talks invitation

Apr 11, 2014

By Elise Harris

Responding to an invitation from Venezuela's foreign affairs minister to participate in the country’s peace talks, Pope Francis sent a... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the Basilica of St. John Lateran on April 7, 2013

Pope decries escalating violence in South Sudan

Mar 24, 2014

By Elise Harris

In a letter sent to the archbishop of the South Sudanese capital Juba, Pope Francis urged the nation's citizens to... Read more

Archbishop Sebastian Shaw of Lahore.

New Pakistan archbishop emphasizes social harmony between religions

Feb 17, 2014

The new Archbishop of Lahore, Pakistan, has asked people to pray that he has “courage and faith,” stressing the need... Read more

His Beatitude Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk (Center) participates in Pope Francis' Wednesday general audience on Nov. 27, 2013

Ukrainian archbishop calls for peace amid violent protests

Jan 21, 2014

By Elise Harris

In wake of increasing violence due to ongoing political protests, Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk is petitioning his countrymen to pray... Read more

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

Argentine rabbi: Pope's visit to Holy Land could foster peace

Jan 16, 2014

Rabbi Abraham Skorka, rector of the Latin American Rabbinical Seminary, believes that Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to the Holy Land... Read more

A young family brings the offertory to Pope Francis at the Christmas Vigil Mass on December 24.

Peace requires 'daily commitment,' says Pope in Christmas message

Dec 25, 2013

In his Christmas message, Pope Francis prayed for peace throughout the world as a fruit of God`s grace, to be... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass in St. Peter's Basilica for the episcopal ordination of Bishop Fernando Vergez on Nov. 15, 2013

Pope urges Egyptian Christians to 'Be strong, do not fear!'

Dec 9, 2013

By Elise Harris

Pope Francis concelebrated his daily Mass this morning with the Coptic Catholic Patriarch of Alexandria, offering prayers for peace, and... Read more

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