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Pope Francis meets members of the voluntary organization Ho Avuto Sete at the Vatican’s Clementine Hall, March 21, 2022.

Pope Francis: Spending money on weapons ‘sullies the soul’

Mar 22, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

‘A war always takes you backwards, always,’ he said. Read more

Pope Francis attends the general audience in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, Dec. 15, 2021

2022 World Peace Day message: Pope Francis calls for investment in education, not weaponry

Dec 21, 2021

By CNA Staff

The World Day of Peace is celebrated annually on Jan. 1. Read more

President Donald Trump with Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at the White House in March 2018.

Despite human rights concerns, Senate fails to stop Saudi arms sale

Jul 30, 2019

By Matt Hadro

The Senate on Monday failed to override President Trump’s veto of their attempts to block over $8 billion in arms... Read more

Pope Francis addresses participants in the Reunion of Aid Agencies for the Oriental Churches' general assembly in the Vatican's Consistory Hall, June 10, 2019.

Francis: Leaders who talk of peace but sell arms will face 'wrath of God'

Jun 10, 2019

Discussing the Syrian civil war Monday, Pope Francis said God hears the cry of orphans and widows, and that his... Read more

Pope Francis.

Pope dedicates June to praying for an end to the arms trade

Jun 5, 2017

By Elise Harris

In his latest prayer video, Pope Francis again issued a harsh condemnation of the arms trade, calling on global leaders... Read more

Pope Francis.

Pope to world leaders: if you want to help Syrians, stop funding the war

Jul 5, 2016

By Elise Harris

In his message for a new campaign promoting peace in Syria, Pope Francis called out world leaders who speak of... 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 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

President Obama nominates Sen. John Kerry to serve as Secretary of State in the Roosevelt Room on Dec. 21, 2012. Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy.

US bishops urge support for international arms treaty

Apr 13, 2013

In a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry, a representative of the U.S. bishops' conference asked that the Obama... Read more