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Pope Francis bowed in prayer in St. Peter's Basilica on September 2, 2015.

Pope Francis leads synod in praying for peace in the Middle East

Oct 9, 2015

By Elise Harris

This morning, Pope Francis offered one of the synod’s daily moments of prayer for peace in the Middle East, and... Read more

Pope Francis visits the Brazilian community of Varginha July 25, 2013.

For Pope Francis, achieving peace means overcoming indifference

Aug 11, 2015

By Elise Harris

The Vatican announced Tuesday that the theme for 2016’s World Day of Peace will focus on a topic Pope Francis... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass in Sarajevo’s Kosevo Stadium June 6, 2015.

Pope tells Bosnians to be 'tenacious' workers for peace

Jun 6, 2015

By Ann Schneible

During his daytrip to a country still marred by the effects of a recent war, Pope Francis said peace is... Read more

People hold hands during a rally lead by faith leaders in front of Baltimore City Hall on May 3, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland.

For Catholics in West Baltimore, the only answer to violence is community

May 5, 2015

By Adelaide Mena, Matt Hadro

After unrest erupted in Baltimore following the death of 25 year-old Freddie Gray, Catholics stepped up to restore their communities... Read more

Refugee children at a refugee camp in Duhok, Iraq on March 28, 2015.

Fighting ISIS with a school – Iraqi bishop says education is needed for change

Apr 21, 2015

Bishop Bashar Matti Warda is the bishop of Erbil, Iraq, one of the dioceses most attacked by ISIS, and where... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during the Wednesday general audience on August 27, 2014.

The solution to North African violence – dialogue and encounter, Pope says

Mar 2, 2015

Pope Francis on Monday encouraged the bishops from northern Africa to dialogue with and encounter other groups, fostering hope for... Read more

Refugees who have fled from ISIS and arrived in Ankawa, in the northern part of Erbil, Iraq.

Enough talk about talking – Iraqi priest calls for action on ISIS

Feb 12, 2015

By Elise Harris

An Iraqi priest currently living in Rome said that those living the nightmare of ISIS are tired of hearing talk... Read more

Pope Francis prays with journalists on the papal flight en route to South Korea on Aug. 14, 2014.

Pope Francis urges end to scandal of 'fratricidal' violence in Ukraine

Feb 4, 2015

By Elise Harris

As the number of deaths in Ukraine continue to rise amid escalating violence, Pope Francis has called the war “a... Read more

Pope Francis addresses interreligious faith leaders in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Jan. 13, 2015.

Pope: Dialogue between religions key in countering violence

Jan 25, 2015

Pope Francis on Jan. 24 stressed the need for dialogue between different faiths, saying that it is essential in preventing... Read more

Pope Francis bows his head in prayer during a Wednesday general audience Oct. 2, 2013.

As Ukraine violence continues, Pope renews call for dialogue

Jan 25, 2015

By Ann Schneible

During his weekly Angelus address, Pope Francis decried the recent escalation of violence in Ukraine, and later called on Christians... Read more

Displaced persons in Central African Republic received aid from CRS, May, 2014.

In Central African Republic, Catholics reach out to Muslim ex-rebels

Dec 18, 2014

By Oliver Maksan

The Catholic Church in the Central African Republic continues to work for peace and reconciliation within the country, with its... Read more

Boys play soccer on a basketball court in Jerusalem.

For Holy Land youth, sports center to be ground for dialogue, peace

Dec 4, 2014

Franciscans in the Holy Land have launched a new project to bring together young people from different cultural and religious... Read more

Displaced persons in the Central African Republic received aid from CRS in May 2014.

Violence subsides in Central African capital, but what next?

Oct 14, 2014

By Kevin J. Jones

Violence has subsided in the Central African Republic’s capital of Bangui after a week of conflict, but the lack of... Read more

Saint Peter's Sqaure.

Vatican advocates sweeping protocol for Middle East peace

Oct 4, 2014

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin is urging a comprehensive road map for peace in Middle East during meetings... Read more

Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Courtesy Israel Ministry of Tourism.

US bishop: Political will lacking, but Holy Land wants peace

Oct 1, 2014

By Matt Hadro

Christians and Muslims are coexisting peacefully in Israel and Palestine, but the political will for peace is not yet there,... Read more

His Beatitude Ignatius Youssef III Younan (L) and Cardinal Leonardo Sandri at the National Press Club Sept. 9, 2014.

Christian leaders prayerfully remember 9/11 at historic summit

Sep 13, 2014

By Matt Hadro

On the 13th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, Christian patriarchs denounced terrorism and emphasized the need for peaceful... Read more

Dr. Thomas Farr, director of the Religious Freedom Project at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs.

Promoting religious freedom is 'root' of Middle East peace

Sep 9, 2014

By Adelaide Mena

Encouraging robust religious freedom is a critical foundation for peace and stability in the Middle East, said panelists discussing the... Read more

Benedict XV, circa 1915. Photo courtesy of the United States Library of Congress.

The 'Unknown Pope' – how Benedict XV is relevant today

Sep 3, 2014

Despite a biography title labeling him the “Unknown Pope,”  Benedict XV had a tremendous impact on life of the Church,... Read more

 Javier Zanetti (C) took part in an Aug. 25, 2014 press conference about the Sept. 1 Match for Peace in Rome's Olympic stadium.

Pope Francis' interfaith soccer match shows desire for peace

Aug 25, 2014

By Elise Harris

A priest and close friend of Pope Francis says the pontiff's idea for an upcoming inter-religious soccer match for peace... Read more

Patriarch Bartholomew.

Orthodox patriarch denounces ISIS violence, stresses dialogue

Aug 25, 2014

The Ecumenical Patriarch of the Eastern Orthodox Church has spoken out against the persecution of religious minorities in Iraq, calling... Read more