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Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen speaks at a press conference on Jan. 22, 2020.

Taiwan president appeals to Pope Francis over China’s 'abuse of power'

Jan 22, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Taiwan president Tsai Ing-wen has written to Pope Francis describing China’s aggression and persecution of religion as “obstacles to peace,”... Read more

Pope Francis meets with the diplomatic corps Jan. 8, 2018.

Pope Francis to diplomats: Polarization hurts the poor

Jan 9, 2020

By Courtney Mares

In his annual address to diplomats Thursday, Pope Francis stressed that solidarity is needed in 2020 to overcome polarization for... Read more

Cardinal Leopoldo José Brenes Solorzano of Managua speaks with ACI Prensa in Rome, June 2018.

Nicaraguan cardinal: Peace comes from dialogue, accepting differences

Jan 4, 2020

As political tensions continue in Nicaragua, the archbishop of Managua stressed that for peace to be achieved, people need to... Read more

Pope Francis gives the Urbi et Orbi blessing from the center loggia of St. Peter’s Basilica Dec. 25, 2019.

Pope Francis on Christmas: Christ's light is greater than the darkness of world's conflicts

Dec 25, 2019

By Courtney Mares

On Christmas, Pope Francis prayed for Christ to bring light to the instability in Iraq, Lebanon, Venezuela, Yemen, Ukraine, Burkina... Read more

Demonstrators clash with police in La Paz, Bolivia Nov. 21, 2019.

Bolivian bishops: 'Enough violence! Enough death!'

Nov 22, 2019

The Bolivian bishops’ conference called for an end to violence, as protests continue in the wake of former president Evo... Read more

Berlin Wall Memorial with graffiti.

Commentary: 30 years of German unity, fruit of a Christian revolution

Oct 5, 2019

The revolution that reunited Germany was not, at first sight, a Christian one. But it was a peaceful revolution that was... Read more

Pope Francis at the general audience Sept. 11, 2019.

Pope Francis says he hopes 'seeds of peace' will bear fruit in Africa

Sep 11, 2019

By Courtney Mares

Upon his return to the Vatican after a six-day trip to Africa, Pope Francis said Wednesday that he hopes the... Read more

Pope Francis visits the Austro-Hungarian cemetery in Fogliano Sept. 13, 2014 to pray and pay a tribute to the fallen on the battlefield during WWI.

Pope Francis: War is always a loss for all humanity

Aug 11, 2019

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis marked the 70th anniversary of the Geneva Conventions Sunday with a message urging the protection of life and... Read more

The ruins of Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Nagasaki, Jan. 7, 1946.

Cross that survived atomic bombing of Nagasaki returned

Aug 7, 2019

An Ohio college is returning to Nagasaki's Immaculate Conception Cathedral a wooden cross that was recovered from the cathedral's remains... Read more

Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump meet at the DMZ separating the South and North Korea on June 30, 2019.

As Trump and Kim meet in North Korea, Pope Francis prays for peace

Jun 30, 2019

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis prayed for peace and the successful outcome of the meeting Sunday between US President Donald Trump and North... Read more

A Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawk drone.

May cooler heads prevail regarding Iran, US bishops plead

Jun 20, 2019

The US must avoid war with Iran and instead pursue dialogue and engagement, the chair of the US bishops' committee... Read more

Archbishop Rogelio Cabrera, president of the Mexican Bishops Conference, and Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

Mexican bishops meet with President López Obrador on peace, migration

Jun 19, 2019

A delegation from the Mexican Bishops' Conference met June 17 with the president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, discussing... Read more

Pilgrims from Mexico at the General Audience in St. Peter's Square Sept. 21, 2016.

Mexico’s fifth Walk for Peace draws 40,000 participants

Jun 3, 2019

On Saturday, an estimated 40,000 people attended the fifth Walk for Peace in Mexico, organized by the Diocese of Cuernavaca,... Read more

Pope Francis greets South Sudanese president Salva Kiir at the Vatican, April 11, 2019.

South Sudan president: I was ‘almost trembling’ as Pope Francis begged me to make peace

May 20, 2019

By Jonah McKeown

In an unprecedented gesture last month, Pope Francis kissed the feet of several South Sudanese leaders, who were visiting the... Read more

To promote peace, Ghana's chief Muslim cleric goes to Mass

May 13, 2019

As part of his efforts to increase interreligious peace, Ghana’s chief imam attended Easter Mass ahead of his 100th birthday... Read more

Interreligious meeting in Sofia, Bulgaria May 6, 2019.

Pope Francis in Bulgaria: Peace is a gift and a task

May 6, 2019

By Courtney Mares

At an interreligious meeting in Bulgaria Monday, Pope Francis told Orthodox, Muslim, and other religious leaders that peace is both... Read more

Bishop Eduardo Kussala of Tombura-Yambio.

How the South Sudanese bishops are working to promote peace

May 3, 2019

By Perry West

The president of the Sudanese Bishops’ Conference said he believes peace in South Sudan is possible, but the process will... Read more

Pope Francis at the general audience in St. Peter's Square on Nov. 8, 2017.

Pope Francis sends message of peace to the Korean peninsula

Apr 27, 2019

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis sent a video message Saturday to the leaders of South and North Korea expressing his hope for a... Read more

A child carrying water at the Tomping civilian protection site on May 6, 2014.

South Sudan's bishops fear peace treaty will fail

Mar 3, 2019

A peace agreement between the South Sudanese government and opposition leaders is bound to fail, because root problems have not... Read more

Central African Republic reaches peace deal with rebel groups

Feb 6, 2019

The Central African Republic government has signed a peace deal with more than a dozen armed groups this week.  Read more