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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

Pilgrims arrive at the Rio de Janeiro airport for World Youth Day 2013.

World Youth Day participants hope to build peaceful future

Jul 22, 2013

By Michelle La Rosa

Journalists from across the world heard stories of faith and determination from young people attending World Youth Day 2013 in... Read more

George Zimmerman (R) stands as the jury arrives to deliver the verdict at the Seminole County Criminal Justice Center.

Black pastors call for peace amid Trayvon Martin protests

Jul 18, 2013

Reacting to the protests and scattered violence in response to the verdict in the Florida trial of George Zimmerman for... Read more


Murdered Guatemalan bishop remembered for peace efforts

Apr 30, 2013

During a Mass to commemorate the 15th anniversary of Bishop Juan Jose Gerardi’s death, Archbishop Oscar Julio Vian of Guatemala... Read more

St. Clement's Eucharistic Shrine in Boston.

Boston priest comforts locals, says Christ offers 'real healing'

Apr 16, 2013

A priest who offered consolation to passers-by after the explosion at the Boston Marathon said that the event left him... Read more

Some the Lebanese young people who helped write the Stations of the Cross meditations that will be used on March 29, 2013.

Youths who wrote Good Friday meditations ask for peace

Mar 29, 2013

A leader of the Lebanese youth groups that wrote the meditations for today’s Via Crucis at the Coliseum said they... Read more

White doves in flight.

Achieving peace requires respect for all human life, Pope states

Dec 14, 2012

More than anything else, the path to peace involves “respect for human life in all its many aspects,” Pope Benedict... Read more


Pope to speak on 'crisis of democracy'

Jul 16, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI will use his annual message for the 46th World Day of Peace this Jan. 1 to examine... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI at an April 20, 2012 concert offered for him at the Vatican's Paul VI Hall.

Orchestra performance inspires Pope's message on peace

Jul 12, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI believes that music can help bring different nations and creeds together – as shown by the renowned... Read more