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Pope Francis on Palm Sunday 2022

Pope Francis on Palm Sunday 2022: In war, Christ is crucified again

Apr 10, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis reflected on Jesus’ words: “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.” Read more

Archbishop José Bettencourt, papal nuncio to Georgia and Armenia.

Papal envoy travels to Armenia in aftermath of 44-day war

Dec 14, 2020

By Courtney Mares

A papal envoy traveled to Armenia last week to speak with civil and Christian leaders in the aftermath of the... Read more

A billboard in Yerevan featuring the flags of Armenia and the breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh Republic on Oct. 7, 2020.

Armenia’s ambassador to Vatican stresses threat of Syrian fighters in Nagorno-Karabakh

Nov 12, 2020

By Courtney Mares

The Armenian ambassador to the Holy See said Wednesday that the recruitment and deployment of Syrian Islamist extremists to the... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims at his Angelus address June 7, 2020.

Pope Francis commends UN Security Council for global ceasefire resolution

Jul 5, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis applauded the United Nations Security Council Sunday for its recent resolution calling for an immediate global ceasefire amid... Read more

Pope Francis waves from the popemobile in Bari, Italy Feb. 23, 2020.

Pope Francis on Middle East: War should never be considered normal

Feb 23, 2020

By Courtney Mares

War is madness, Pope Francis told bishops gathered in the Italian city of Bari in a speech that warned against... Read more

Pope Francis visits the Austro-Hungarian cemetery in Fogliano Sept. 13, 2014 to pray and pay a tribute to the fallen on the battlefield during WWI.

Pope Francis: War is always a loss for all humanity

Aug 11, 2019

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis marked the 70th anniversary of the Geneva Conventions Sunday with a message urging the protection of life and... Read more

A Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawk drone.

May cooler heads prevail regarding Iran, US bishops plead

Jun 20, 2019

The US must avoid war with Iran and instead pursue dialogue and engagement, the chair of the US bishops' committee... Read more

President Donald Trump.

Abortion language nixed from UN resolution after Trump admin threatens veto

Apr 24, 2019

Language referring to abortion was removed from a United Nations resolution on the care of sexual abuse survivors in wartime,... Read more

Cardinal Luis Tagle visits Kutupalong refugee camp in Bangladesh, Dec. 3, 2018.

Report: Children living in the shadow of war

Feb 18, 2019

A new report commissioned by an international children’s charity has revealed that 420 million children, or nearly one in five... Read more

A Yemeni man holds a rifle in Aden, Sept. 14, 2006.

Yemen war needs ceasefire, not the world’s silence, says bishop

Oct 30, 2018

By Kevin J. Jones

Among those calling for a ceasefire in the disastrous Yemen conflict is Bishop Paul Hinder, apostolic vicar for Southern Arabia.... Read more

Cardinal recounts heroic hope of families facing atrocities in Syria

Aug 24, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

In a keynote address at the World Meeting of Families on Friday, Cardinal Mario Zenari outlined the atrocities lived by... Read more

As US mulls Syria airstrikes, Francis calls for peace

Apr 12, 2018

By Christine Rousselle

As President Trump considers airstrikes in Syria in response to a chemical attack that killed dozens of people, including women... Read more

Child in South Sudan.

In South Sudan, 'the body of Christ is bleeding,' bishop says

Mar 23, 2018

By Elise Harris

On Friday an ecumenical delegation from South Sudan met privately with Pope Francis and again invited him to visit the... Read more

Pope Francis gives the homily at Mass for the Solemnity of All Souls in Rome's Verano cemetery, Nov. 1, 2014.

Pope Francis: 'The world is at war,' but good still remains

May 6, 2017

By Elise Harris

In a lengthy, off-the-cuff Q&A session with students, Pope Francis said a “culture of destruction” has spread throughout the world,... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the Pontifical North American College, Rome on May 2, 2015.

Pope condemns 'arrogant' abuse of power that leads to war, violence

Sep 29, 2016

By Elise Harris

In a passionate speech on Thursday, Pope Francis condemned as arrogant the mentality of revenge and the abuses of power... Read more

Syrian children.

Syrian children to unite in prayer for an end to violence

Sep 26, 2016

Christian and Muslim children of Aleppo, Syria will gather together in prayer on October 6 to plead for an end... 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 at the general audience in St. Peter's Square on Nov. 4, 2015.

En route to Krakow, Pope says world is at war, but it's not a war of religions

Jul 27, 2016

On the flight to Poland for World Youth Day, Pope Francis on Wednesday responded to recent violence across the globe... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims during his March 16, 2016 general audience.

Pope Francis to world leaders: Open your doors to migrants

Mar 16, 2016

By Elise Harris

On Wednesday Pope Francis renewed his appeal on behalf of the tens of thousands struggling to enter other countries as... Read more


Killer robots? They're a real issue – and here's what the Vatican has to say

Dec 2, 2015

No longer relegated to mere science-fiction, robots – built to kill people – play an increasing role in fighting terrorism... Read more