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Ukraine's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dmytro Kuleba, speaking to journalists, Dec. 9, 2022

Ukraine’s foreign minister welcomes Holy See’s offer of peace negotiations, but ‘time for it has not come yet’

Dec 10, 2022

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Every effort for peace in Ukraine coming from Pope Francis and the Holy See is welcome, Ukraine’s Foreign Minister said... Read more

Pope Francis speaking to pilgrims on All Saints Day, Nov. 1, 2022

Pope Francis calls on Catholics to become peacemakers

Nov 1, 2022

By AC Wimmer

Pope Francis on Tuesday called on Catholics to “disarm their hearts” and become peacemakers.  Read more

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‘Eucharistic adoration in every church in Europe’: Prayers for Ukraine on Holy Cross feast

Sep 13, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Catholic bishops have called for “Eucharistic adoration in every church in Europe” to pray for peace in Ukraine on the... Read more

Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill makes the sign of the cross during the Easter Mass at the Christ The Saviour Cathedral on April 24, 2022 in Moscow, Russia.

Report: Patriarch Kirill will not meet Pope Francis in Kazakhstan

Aug 25, 2022

By CNA Staff

It was hoped the two religious leaders would meet to discuss a peaceful resolution to the six-month-long war in Ukraine. Read more

Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk with Pope Francis in 2020.

Pope Francis prays for peace as Ukraine-Russia tensions rise

Apr 18, 2021

By Courtney Mares

“I follow with great concern the events in some areas of eastern Ukraine, where violations of the ceasefire have multiplied... Read more

Screenshot from a video of Cardinal Christian Tumi taken while he was held captive overnight in Nov. 2020.

Cardinal who worked for peace in Cameroon has died

Apr 3, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Cardinal Christian Wiyghan Tumi, Cameroon’s first cardinal and a dedicated advocate for peace in the country’s Anglophone crisis, has died... Read more

12-year-old twins from the old city of Homs stand near garbage outside a dilapidated building.

Global progress for children is stalled by war, Holy See tells UN

Oct 19, 2016

Progress for the world’s children has left out the young victims of war, conflict, and poverty, the Holy See has... Read more

Pope Francis addresses the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Nov. 25, 2014.

Pope tells diplomats to work for peace amid a world rife with conflict

Jan 12, 2015

By Elise Harris

Pope Francis told Vatican diplomats that peace – which is a communal responsibility – is the only solution to global... Read more

Fr. Rif'at Bader participates in the Oasis foundation conference in Sarajevo, Bosnia June 17, 2014.

Shame of ongoing violence must stop, Jordanian priest affirms

Jun 17, 2014

By Elise Harris

The spokesman for the Catholic Church in Amman, Jordan, has decried the continuous bloodshed in the Middle East, expressing his... Read more

Refugees from South Sudan.

Amid violence, South Sudan Catholics outline steps to peace

Jan 10, 2014

Voicing “anguish and dismay” at the deteriorating situation in South Sudan, a Catholic bishop shared his diocese’s ten proposals to... Read more

Melkite Greek Catholic Patriarch Gregorios III of Antioch.

Catholic patriarch fears extremist slant of Syrian rebel groups

Oct 22, 2013

Melkite Greek Catholic Patriarch Gregorios III of Antioch has said that the success of Syrian rebels could worsen the plight... Read more

(L-R) Nagib Kasbary, Naor Bitton, and Lubna Alzaroo take part in the panel on Religious Freedom and Human Rights at CUA on Sept 9, 2013.

Youth call education key in solving Israel-Palestine conflict

Sep 12, 2013

By Adelaide Mena

Education and interpersonal interaction offer the best hope for change in the situation between Israel and Palestine despite challenges facing... Read more

Sr. Selestina Kitchareon St. Paul de Chartres prays with students.

Thai faithful echo Pope's call for peace in Syria

Sep 12, 2013

Catholics throughout Thailand – joined by Buddhists and Muslims in the country – have welcomed Pope Francis’ appeals for peace... Read more


Interfaith leaders support Israeli-Palestine peace talks

Jul 30, 2013

By Adelaide Mena

Leaders from various faiths, including three U.S. bishops, sent a letter of support to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry... Read more

Syrian Christian refugees.

Vatican representative at UN pleads for end to Syria 'bloodbath'

May 16, 2013

The apostolic nuncio to the United Nations urged those with influence over the warring parties in Syria to encourage them... Read more

Cardinal Peter Turkson speaks at the Catholic University of America.

Cardinal says peace stems from recognition of human dignity

Apr 11, 2013

Cardinal Peter Turkson marked the 50th anniversary of the papal encyclical “Pacem in Terris,” or “Peace on Earth,” by saying... Read more


Church bells toll in Colombia for victims of violence

Apr 10, 2013

Church bells across Colombia rang out on Tuesday in a move of solidarity with the thousands of victims of violence... Read more

Anglican Archbishop Desmond speaks during a UN press conference on October 11, 2012

Anglican archbishop lands massive prize for peace efforts

Apr 5, 2013

South African apartheid fighter Archbishop Desmond Tutu has been awarded the prestigious Templeton Prize in recognition of the Anglican churchman's... Read more


US called on to lead in Israel-Palestine peace efforts

Jan 12, 2013

By Michelle La Rosa

Religious leaders from across the United States asked the Obama administration to make peace efforts between Israel and Palestine a... Read more