Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher. | Daniel Ibáñez/CNA

Pope Francis "stubbornly believes in peace": Vatican Diplomat

Jul 18, 2023

Veteran Vatican diplomat Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher last week defended what he described as Pope Francis’ “strong and courageous” push for peace in Ukraine in the face of criticism from some who have said the Holy Father should take a harder line against Russia as the aggressor in the conflict.

Pope Francis at his general audience in St. Peter's Square on May 17, 2023. | Vatican Media

Pope Francis on G7 Summit: Nuclear Deterrence Offers "only an illusion of peace"

May 21, 2023

In a letter marking the G7 Summit in Hiroshima, Pope Francis asserted that the mere possession of nuclear weapons creates “a climate of fear and suspicion” and offers “only an illusion of peace.”  

Pope Francis delivers his Regina Caeli address on May 21, 2023. | Vatican Media

Pope Francis: "We must not get used to war!"

May 21, 2023

One week after meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Pope Francis urged that “we must not get used to war” as he prayed for peace in Ukraine and Sudan.

Pope Francis greets the crowd at his Regina Caeli address on May 14, 2023. | Vatican Media

Pope Francis Prays for Cease-fire Between Israelis and Palestinians

May 14, 2023

Pope Francis prayed Sunday that the recently signed cease-fire between Israelis and Palestinians will be maintained and that “the weapons will be silenced.”

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"The most important and beautiful day of history": Pope Francis on Easter 2023

Apr 9, 2023

Pope Francis presided over Mass in St. Peter’s Square on Easter Sunday 2023, before giving the traditional Urbi et Orbi blessing in the presence of around 100,000 people.

Maurice Cardinal Piat, Bishop of Port Louis in Mauritius who unveiled his Pastoral Letter on the Lenten Season titled “Walking together is opening a path of hope” on 22 February 2023. Credit: Port Louis Diocese

“Path of hope must be found”, Cardinal in Mauritius Urges amid Multiple Challenges

Feb 28, 2023

The people of God in Mauritius and other parts of the world are facing multiple challenges, the Bishop of Port Louis Diocese in the in the Indian Ocean Island nation, Maurice Cardinal Piat, has said, and cautioning against giving up, underscored the need to set on the “path of hope” for solutions.

Pope Francis met young people and adults from the Diocese of Rumbek in Juba, South Sudan on Feb. 4, 2023. / Vatican Media.

Meeting Pope Francis "a dream come true" for South Sudanese Youth

Feb 11, 2023

“We thought we were just going to go and see the pope. But actually it has turned in to something life-changing for all of us who have taken part in it,” Sr. Orla Treacy said.

Pope Francis greets a young boy a Mass in Juba, South Sudan on Feb. 5, 2023. | Vatican Media

Pope at Mass in South Sudan: In the Name of Jesus, Lay Down the Weapons of Hatred

Feb 5, 2023

At a Mass in South Sudan on Sunday, Pope Francis urged Christians in the war-torn African country to make “a decisive contribution to changing history” by refusing to repay evil with evil.

Pope Francis celebrated Mass with around 1 million people in Kinshasa, DRC, on Feb. 1, 2023. | Vatican Media

1 Million Attend Joyful Mass with Pope Francis in Democratic Republic of Congo

Feb 1, 2023

More than one million people attended Pope Francis’ Mass in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Wednesday morning, according to local authorities.

Pope Francis presides over the first papal Mass of the new year on Jan. 1, 2023, in St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. | Alan Köppschall/EWTN Vatican

Pope Francis Entrusts the Late Benedict XVI to the Blessed Virgin Mary

Jan 1, 2023

At the first papal Mass of 2023, thousands of Catholics gathered in St. Peter’s Basilica prayed for the late Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, who died on New Year’s Eve at the age of 95.

With a cane in his right hand, 86-year-old Pope Francis delivers his 10th Christmas "Urbi et Orbi" blessing on Dec. 25, 2022. | Vatican Media

On Christmas Day, Pope Francis Prays for Prince of Peace to end "third world war"

Dec 25, 2022

In his Christmas Day blessing, Pope Francis prayed that leaders will listen to the “cries of the Prince of Peace” and bring an immediate end to the war in Ukraine and “the other theaters of this third world war.”

Delegation of South Sudan political leaders at the Vatican with Pope Francis in April 2019. Credit:Vatican Media

“Remember Pope Francis’ Kiss” Campaign in South Sudan to Continue: Official

Jun 17, 2022

A campaign dubbed “Remember Pope Francis' Kiss for Peace” that was launched in South Sudan is to continue despite the postponement of the previously scheduled ecumenical visit that the Holy Father was to undertake alongside the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, and the Moderator of the Church of Scotland, Jim Wallace.

Delegation of South Sudan political leaders at the Vatican with Pope Francis in April 2019. Credit:Vatican Media

“Remember Pope Francis’ Kiss” Campaign to Foster Peace, Stability in South Sudan: Activist

Apr 13, 2022

A campaign dubbed “remember Pope Francis' Kiss for Peace” that was recently launched in South Sudan aims at challenging political leaders in the East-Central African nation to foster “peace and stability”, an activist involved in the campaign has said.

Pope Francis’ general audience in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, April 13, 2022. Vatican Media.

"Armed aggression" is "an outrage against God": Pope Francis

Apr 13, 2022

The pope described war as ‘a blasphemous betrayal of the Lord of Passover.’

Msgr. Mambé Jean-Sylvain Emien, the new Apostolic Nuncio to the West African nation of Mali. Credit: Vatican Media

New Apostolic Nuncio to Mali Says Country to Realize True Peace “only through dialogue”

Feb 11, 2022

The West African nation of Mali can “achieve true peace” and development only if the leadership and citizens embrace dialogue, the newly appointed Apostolic Nuncio to the country has said.

Berhaneyesus Cardinal Souraphiel. Credit: Ethiopian Catholic Secretariat/Facebook

Ethiopia’s Cardinal Urges Citizens to “avoid pride, hatred that break the chain of peace”

Jan 7, 2022

There is need for the people of God in Ethiopia to shun pride, anger and hatred that obstruct peace in the Horn of Africa nation, the Cardinal in country has said in his message ahead of Christmas Day marked on Friday, January 7.

Logo of the Ghana Catholic Bishops' Conference (GCBC). Credit: GCBC

Catholic Bishops in Ghana "alarmed by growing culture of disrespect, insults," Urge Peace

Dec 17, 2021

Members of the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference (GCBC) have, in their Christmas message, expressed their concerns about what they have described as an “unfortunate growing culture of disrespect and insults” in the West African nation.

Pope Francis with Cardinal Peter Turkson, prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, in the Vatican, Nov. 10, 2017. L'Osservatore Romano.

Justice and Peace Commissions Offer an "indispensable service": Pope Francis

Nov 17, 2021

The pope said that justice and peace could be built only through ‘two paths.’

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Catholic Priest Fleeing Violence in Ethiopia Pleads for Peace in Heart-wrenching Message

Nov 2, 2021

A Catholic Missionary has written to Catholic Pontifical foundation, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International, appealing for peace in areas surrounding Ethiopia’s Tigray region that have experienced violence for nearly a year, plunging the region into a deep humanitarian crisis.

YOWICAN Chairman, Belusochukwu Enwere (right) holding a copy of the Bible and the National President of the National Council of Muslim Youth Organization, Sani Suleiman (left) holding a copy of the Coran. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Planned Christian, Muslim Youth Summit in Nigeria to “explore peace, unity challenges”

Oct 1, 2021

The planned Peace, Unity and National Integration Summit under the auspices of the Christian and Muslim youth leaders in Nigeria is expected to explore challenges to peace and unity in the West African Nation