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Venezuelans travel to Fatima with a plea for their country

May 15, 2017

By Elise Harris

Jose Antonio dos Santos, an immigrant from Venezuela now living in Barcelona, made his way to Fatima for the centenary... Read more

The statue of Our Lady of Fatima.

Want to join Mary in battle? Pray the rosary, cardinal says at Fatima

May 12, 2017

At a vigil Mass with tens of thousands gathered in the Portugal town of Fatima, Cardinal Pietro Parolin delivered a... Read more

Pope Francis gives the homily at Mass for the Solemnity of All Souls in Rome's Verano cemetery, Nov. 1, 2014.

Pope Francis: 'The world is at war,' but good still remains

May 6, 2017

By Elise Harris

In a lengthy, off-the-cuff Q&A session with students, Pope Francis said a “culture of destruction” has spread throughout the world,... Read more

First Lady Melania Trump and Sister Carolin Tahhan Fachakh of Syria.

Syrian nun awarded by US will back any leader who brings peace

Apr 15, 2017

By Elise Harris

As the conflict in Syria rages on, a Salesian nun honored by the White House as a “Woman of Courage”... Read more

Children in South Sudan.

South Sudanese bishop: It takes unity to achieve peace

Apr 10, 2017

The president of the Sudanese Catholic Bishops’ Conference called on leaders in South Sudan’s Bahr El Ghazal region to fight... Read more

The Presidential Palace in Asuncion, Paraguay on July 10, 2015.

Bishops of Paraguay call for peace after riots, fire at Congress building

Apr 5, 2017

The Bishops of Paraguay made an urgent appeal for peace after hundreds of demonstrators set fire to the National Congress... Read more

Pope Francis.

Pope Francis to Chicago: Let peace heal your city

Apr 4, 2017

As violence continues to plague the city of Chicago, Pope Francis has sent words of encouragement, solidarity and hope to... Read more

In DRC, political uncertainty after bishops withdraw from peace talks

Mar 29, 2017

Political unrest and uncertainty about the future have grown in the Democratic Republic of Congo, following the Catholic bishops’ withdrawal... Read more

Pope Francis meets Rwandan president Paul Kagame at the Vatican March 20, 2017.

Pope meets Rwandan president, apologizes for Church failure during genocide

Mar 20, 2017

By Elise Harris

During a brief meeting with Rwandan president Paul Kagame Monday, Pope Francis voiced his sadness for members of the Church... Read more

Pope Francis waves to pilgrims during his May 25 2016, general audience in St. Peter's Square.

It's official: Pope Francis will visit Colombia September 6-11

Mar 10, 2017

By Elise Harris

The Vatican announced Friday that Pope Francis will make a six-day trip to Colombia in September with four cities on... Read more

Pope Francis arrives in St. Peter's Square for the general audience Sept. 21, 2016.

Pope Francis: Spiritual poverty is a cure for polemics

Jan 29, 2017

By Elise Harris

On Sunday Pope Francis said being poor in spirit doesn’t necessarily mean giving things up, but instead is rooted in... Read more

Pope Francis speaks to the Diplomatic Corps Ac

Pope to diplomats: when it comes to politics, peace must be more than a theory

Jan 9, 2017

By Elise Harris

Following a year marred by war and terrorism, Pope Francis told diplomats Monday that for 2017, peace has to be... Read more

In call to Coptic Patriarch, Pope says they are united by blood of martyrdom

Dec 12, 2016

By Elise Harris

The day after an explosion at the Coptic Orthodox cathedral in Cairo killed 25 people, mostly women and children, Pope... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during the Wednesday General Audience May 28, 2014.

In a world torn by conflict, nonviolence is a Christian requirement, Pope says

Dec 12, 2016

By Elise Harris

When it comes to the many conflicts splintering different parts of the world, Pope Francis said the Christian response must... Read more

How the Catholic Church could help the crisis in the DRC

Dec 6, 2016

In late September, Pope Francis met with the controversial president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Joseph Kabila.  Read more

Donald Trump.

Vatican prays Trump presidency will promote peace amid conflict

Nov 9, 2016

By Elise Harris

After Donald Trump pulled off what was for many a surprising victory in the United States election, Vatican Secretary of... Read more

Pope Francis.

Pope calls on religions to condemn acts of terrorism, violence

Nov 3, 2016

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis spoke to representatives of different religions Thursday, telling them that acts of terrorism and violence must be very... Read more

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After deadly protests, religious leaders in Ethiopia call for peace

Oct 18, 2016

Religious leaders in Ethiopia have joined together to plea for peace amid ongoing protests that have sometimes resulted in deadly... Read more

Muslim and Christian children prepare appeals for peace at a gathering in Aleppo, Syria, Oct. 4, 2016.

In Syria, more than one million children sign appeal for peace

Oct 6, 2016

This week, children at more than 2,000 schools across Syria are drawing images of peace and writing messages to the... Read more

Pope Francis waves to pilgrims during his June 15, 2016 general audience in St. Peter's Square.

The Church must be close to Caucasus nations, Pope Francis says

Oct 5, 2016

By Hannah Brockhaus

On Wednesday Pope Francis gave a recap of his recent trip to Georgia and Azerbaijan, noting how this year both... Read more