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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

Protestors held candles as they shouted hands up during a protest in Ferguson.

St. Louis archbishop urges prayer in face of Ferguson violence

Aug 19, 2014

Following more than a week of protests after the death of an African-American teen, the Archdiocese of St. Louis is... Read more

Pope Francis is received at the Blue House, the presidential palace, in Seoul, South Korea on August 14, 2014.

Pope Francis: Peace in Korea benefits entire world

Aug 14, 2014

In his first public address after arriving in South Korea, Pope Francis called government officials to work for an authentic... Read more

Pope Francis gives the Wednesday general audience in St. Peters Square Oct. 2, 2013.

Pope appeals for peace in Iraq, Gaza during Sunday angelus

Aug 10, 2014

By Elise Harris

After leading faithful in the Marian prayer, Pope Francis again urged prayers and international help for the current conflict in... Read more

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

Pope issues urgent appeal for global help of Iraqi Christians

Aug 7, 2014

By Elise Harris

As Iraq’s largest Christian city fell into the hands of the Islamic State, Pope Francis issued an urgent appeal asking... Read more

Israeli Ambassador to the Holy See Dr. Zion Evrony speaks with CNA on May 20, 2014.

Religious leaders help build dialogue in conflict, ambassador says

Aug 7, 2014

By Elise Harris

Amid the ongoing war in the Gaza Strip, the Israeli ambassador to the Holy See lauded Pope Francis’ continued calls... Read more

Pope Francis gives the Wednesday general audience in St. Peters Square Oct. 2, 2013.

Pope Francis issues peace plea to all Holy See embassies

Jul 30, 2014

By Elise Harris

Signed by Vatican secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin, a “nota verbale” was sent to all embassies accredited to the... Read more

Archbishop Silvano M. Tomasi, Permanent Observer of Holy See to the United Nations in Geneva, in Rome July 1, 2014.

Holy See calls for immediate ceasefire, lasting peace in Gaza

Jul 24, 2014

By Andrea Gagliarducci

In a statement issued during a special session of the Human Rights Council, the Holy See urged an immediate ceasefire... Read more