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Mayor of Bethlehem Vera Baboun speaks with CNA in her office on May 24, 2014

Vatican is the 'oil' keeping Bethlehem's star lit, mayor observes

May 29, 2014

By Elise Harris

The first woman mayor of the town where Jesus was born referred to the strong connection they have with the... Read more

A flooded cemetery in the Archdiocese of Vhrbosna in Sarajevo.

Religious tensions subside amid Balkan floods

May 27, 2014

Amid the “inconceivable amount of devastation” caused by floods in Bosnia-Herzegovina, people are crossing ethnic and religious lines to help... Read more

A view of Jerusalem with the Dome of the Rock and the Wailing Wall.

Pope Francis lauds fraternal dialogue with Muslims, Jews

May 26, 2014

Pope Francis spent a large part of the third day of his pilgrimage to the Holy Land meeting with Muslim... Read more

A chandelier of candles hangs in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, Israel.

Pope prays at Holocaust memorial, Western Wall

May 26, 2014

On the last day of his Holy Land pilgrimage Pope Francis stopped to pray at two sacred sites in Jerusalem.  Read more

George Zenee watches over an entrance to Pope Francis Mass in Bethlehem's Manger Square on May 25, 2014

We came to pray with our Pope, says papal Mass volunteer

May 25, 2014

By Elise Harris

A leader of one of the Boy Scout troops manning the entrances to Pope Francis’ Mass in Bethlehem today explained... Read more

Pope Francis kisses the altar during Mass in Bethlehem's Manger Square on May 25, 2014.

Israeli, Palestinian presidents accept invitation meeting at Vatican

May 25, 2014

Today Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas announced that they have accepted Pope Francis’ invitation to join... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass in Manger Square, Bethlehem on May 25, 2014.

'Who are we before the child Jesus?' Pope reflects in Bethlehem

May 25, 2014

In his homily delivered in Bethlehem this morning, Pope Francis meditated on the role of the Christ child in the... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during the Wednesday General Audience, May 21, 2014.

Pope to Palestinian leaders: have courage to 'forge peace'

May 25, 2014

Pope Francis began the second day of his Holy Land pilgrimage in a meeting with Palestinian authorities, urging them to... Read more

Icon of Mary written on wall dividing Israel and Palestine May 24, 2014

Bethlehem sisters call on world to pray for peace

May 24, 2014

By Elise Harris

The sisters who run the only children’s hospital on the West Bank have made it their mission to pray for... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims during his general audience on May 14, 2014

Pope warns against superficial peace that rusts and fades away

May 20, 2014

By Elise Harris

In his daily homily Pope Francis cautioned attendees not to place their security in the worldly peace of wealth, vanity... Read more

Pope Francis leads the Bishops of Italy in a solemn Profession of Faith in St. Peter's Basilica for their 65th General Assembly May 23, 2013

Pope Francis decries arms trade as hindrance to peace

May 15, 2014

By Elise Harris

Upon receiving the credentials of seven new ambassadors to the Holy See, Pope Francis urged the diplomats to work for... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims during the Wednesday General Audience on April 23, 2014.

Evangelize to heal wounds, Pope encourages Burundi bishops

May 7, 2014

Pope Francis encouraged the bishops of Burundi to engage with civil society and proclaim the Gospel in order to promote... Read more

Pope Francis.

Pope calls on Church in Sri Lanka to be leaven for reconciliation

May 5, 2014

During his ad limina address Saturday, Pope Francis urged the bishops of Sri Lanka to continue their role in reconciliation... Read more

Pope Francis prays during his general audience on September 25, 2013

Pope urges Christian communities to be ones of peace

Apr 29, 2014

By Elise Harris

Returning to his usual daily Mass schedule, Pope Francis reflected today that our contemporary faith communities ought to reflect that... Read more

Pope Francis speaks to pilgrims during his General Audience on September 25, 2013

Pope responds to Venezuelan peace talks invitation

Apr 11, 2014

By Elise Harris

Responding to an invitation from Venezuela's foreign affairs minister to participate in the country’s peace talks, Pope Francis sent a... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the Basilica of St. John Lateran on April 7, 2013

Pope decries escalating violence in South Sudan

Mar 24, 2014

By Elise Harris

In a letter sent to the archbishop of the South Sudanese capital Juba, Pope Francis urged the nation's citizens to... Read more

Archbishop Sebastian Shaw of Lahore.

New Pakistan archbishop emphasizes social harmony between religions

Feb 17, 2014

The new Archbishop of Lahore, Pakistan, has asked people to pray that he has “courage and faith,” stressing the need... Read more

His Beatitude Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk (Center) participates in Pope Francis' Wednesday general audience on Nov. 27, 2013

Ukrainian archbishop calls for peace amid violent protests

Jan 21, 2014

By Elise Harris

In wake of increasing violence due to ongoing political protests, Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk is petitioning his countrymen to pray... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square before the Wednesday general audience on October 2, 2013.

Argentine rabbi: Pope's visit to Holy Land could foster peace

Jan 16, 2014

Rabbi Abraham Skorka, rector of the Latin American Rabbinical Seminary, believes that Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to the Holy Land... Read more

A young family brings the offertory to Pope Francis at the Christmas Vigil Mass on December 24.

Peace requires 'daily commitment,' says Pope in Christmas message

Dec 25, 2013

In his Christmas message, Pope Francis prayed for peace throughout the world as a fruit of God`s grace, to be... Read more