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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

Police officer on I-85 during protests following the death of a man shot by police in Charlotte, NC on Sept. 21, 2016.

What a Charlotte priest will tell his flock after a fatal police shooting

Sep 23, 2016

By Kevin J. Jones

Father Patrick Winslow is a priest at a Catholic church in Charlotte’s University City neighborhood.    Read more

Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State, blesses a new building at the North American College in Rome on Jan. 6, 2015.

Vatican official: Religion has the responsibility to condemn terrorism

Sep 22, 2016

While genocide, war crimes, and violence against humanity continue to plague individuals across the globe, Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal... Read more

Pope Francis arrives in Assisi, Italy for the World Day of Prayer for Peace at the Sacred Convent, Sept. 20, 2016.

Peace requires us to do more than 'change the channel,' Pope Francis says

Sep 20, 2016

By Elise Harris

While in Assisi for an interreligious prayer gathering, Pope Francis cautioned against an indifference that ignores the suffering of others... Read more

Pope Francis embraces Bartholomew, the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, on arriving in Assisi for the World Day of Prayer for Peace, Sept. 20, 2016.

In Assisi, Pope Francis slams 'paganism of indifference'

Sep 20, 2016

By Hannah Brockhaus

In efforts for peace, indifference is the greatest sickness of our time, Pope Francis said at an interreligious summit in... Read more

Pope Francis meets with apostolic nuncios at the Vatican, Sept. 17, 2016.

Papal ambassadors issue global appeal to step-up peace efforts

Sep 19, 2016

By Elise Harris

After spending three days in Rome to celebrate the Jubilee of Mercy, Pope Francis’ diplomatic representatives throughout the world have... Read more

Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah.

Christians in Nigeria are essentially 'target practice' – here's one bishop's response

Sep 16, 2016

By Adelaide Mena

For Bishop Matthew Kukah, persecution is not just the history of the Church. It’s a reality that he lives every... Read more

A nuclear bomb explosion at the Nevada Test Site, April 18, 1953. Photo courtesy of National Nuclear Security Administration/Nevada Site Office.

Catholic and Shia Muslim leaders unite to condemn WMDs, terrorism

Aug 29, 2016

Shia Muslim religious leaders from Iran and U.S. Catholic bishops say they have a common fight against weapons of mass... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during his Sept. 9, 2015 general audience.

Nonviolent politics to be the focus of next World Day of Peace

Aug 26, 2016

By Elise Harris

Announced Friday, the theme Pope Francis selected for the 2017 World Day of Peace focuses on nonviolence as a political... Read more

Mary. Artist Giovanni Battista Gaulli, Museu da Casa Brasileira. Wikimedia Commons.

France offering all Assumption Masses for the country's intentions

Aug 15, 2016

By Elise Harris

Following the wave of Islamist terror attacks that have bloodied France since last year, the country’s bishops have decided to... Read more

How the Church can help bring peace to Africa

Aug 2, 2016

Grassroots movements, local communities, and faith-based organizations – especially the Catholic Church – have an important role to play in... Read more

Racial tensions spark day of prayer, peace task force with US bishops

Jul 23, 2016

After several shootings and increased racial tensions around the country, the head of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops... Read more

St. Peter's Basilica at the Vigil of Divine Mercy, April 2, 2016.

What the Holy See has to say about conflict in the Middle East

Jul 14, 2016

If peace is to be achieved in the Middle East, it will be a joint effort, requiring the cooperation of... Read more

Gloria Purvis. Courtesy of National Black Catholic Congress.

What's missing from the national conversation on race, violence, and lethal force? You.

Jul 14, 2016

In the wake of last week’s horrific deaths of Dallas police officers Brent Thompson, Lorne Ahrens, Michael Krol, Michael Smith,... Read more

A prayer vigil in Dallas for the injured and killed policemen in a July 8 attack in Dallas.

Be healers in a hurting world, Catholic bishops say after shootings

Jul 8, 2016

Amid tensions following two high profile police shootings of African-Americans and the subsequent killing of police in Dallas, Catholic bishops... Read more

Pope Francis.

Pope to world leaders: if you want to help Syrians, stop funding the war

Jul 5, 2016

By Elise Harris

In his message for a new campaign promoting peace in Syria, Pope Francis called out world leaders who speak of... Read more

Pope Francis and Catholicos Karekin II at the ecumenical meeting and prayer for peace on Saturday, June 25.

Pope to Armenian Church: 'Let us race towards full communion!'

Jun 25, 2016

Working toward full communion is a project of love, humility and peace, Pope Francis told Armenian Orthodox leaders gathered at... Read more

South African bishops rebuke government for spending billions on weapons

May 4, 2016

The Catholic bishops of South Africa have criticized the government for excessive weapons spending given the country’s major social problems.   Read more

Pope Francis at the Wednesday general audience in St. Peter's Square on June 17, 2015.

To obtain peace, we have to fight indifference with mercy, Pope says

Dec 15, 2015

By Elise Harris

Pope Francis’ message for 2016’s World Day of Peace is packed with bold pastoral and practical advice for both the... Read more