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Pope Francis gives the Angelus address Jan. 1, 2021. Credit: Vatican Media.

With Mary's Help, Fill the New Year with "spiritual growth": Pope Francis

Jan 2, 2021

The Virgin Mary’s motherly care encourages us to use our God-given time for building up the world and peace, not destroying it, Pope Francis said on New Year’s Day.

National flag South Sudan.

“Act as voice of voiceless in quest for peace": Church Leader in South Sudan Urges

Dec 19, 2020

The quest for peace in South Sudan can be achieved when the people of God raise their voices in favor of the “voiceless” in society, the leadership of the Inter-Churches Council (ICC) has said.

Members of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB).

Seven Issues of Concern Bishops in Kenya Want Addressed amid Search for Peace, Unity

Dec 9, 2020

Members of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) have, in a collective statement, highlighted seven issues, which they want attended to urgently amid a search for lasting peace and unity in the East African nation.

Ahead of General Elections in Ghana, Bishops Appeal for Peace in Advent Message

Nov 30, 2020

Ahead of Ghana’s general elections scheduled for December 7, Catholic Bishops in the West African nation have, in their Advent message, appealed to Ghanaians to maintain peace during the electioneering period.

Pope Francis at the Wednesday general audience Nov. 11, 2020. Credit: Vatican Media/CNA.

Pope Francis Appeals to Ethiopia’s “parties in conflict to stop violence, safeguard life”

Nov 29, 2020

Pope Francis has asked people to pray for Ethiopia’s Tigray region, where the United Nations has said that “a full-scale humanitarian crisis is unfolding.”

Catholic Bishops in Ethiopia pray for an end to violence in the Horn of Africa nation. / Ethiopia Catholic Secretariat/Facebook Page.

Resolve “differences amicably, in spirit of respect, trust”: Bishops in Ethiopia

Nov 4, 2020

Following tensions between Ethiopia’s Federal government and the leadership of Tigray Regional State, Catholic Bishops in the Horn of Africa nation have appealed to both parties to resolve their differences amicably, in a spirit of mutual “respect and trust.”

Bishop George Nkuo of Cameroon's Kumbo Diocese leading a peaceful march for peace in the Anglophone regions. / Kumbo Diocese/Facebook Page.

“Fight violence with weapons given by God, Rosary, Holy Mass, Prayer”: Cameroonian Prelate

Oct 22, 2020

A Prelate in the midst of the protracted Anglophone crisis in Cameroon has underscored the need for Christians to employ God-given “weapons” in their fight against violence that has affected the people of God in the North West and South West regions of the Central African nation since 2016.

Pope Francis light a candle during an interreligious ceremony in the Campidoglio Square, Rome, Oct. 20, 2020. / Vatican Media

"Today the world has a profound thirst for peace": Pope Francis

Oct 20, 2020

Pope Francis affirmed the signal importance of peace at an interreligious gathering Tuesday on Rome’s Capitoline Hill.

Fr. Ludovic Lado marching for Dialogue, Peace in the Anglophone Regions of Cameroon. / Fr. Ludovic Lado/Facebook Page.

Jesuit Cleric in Cameroon Dedicates Pilgrimage to Dialogue, Peace in Anglophone Regions

Oct 17, 2020

A member of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) in Cameroon who has embarked on a 245-kilometre pilgrimage says he has dedicated the spiritual initiative to efforts toward dialogue, peace and reconciliation in the Anglophone regions of the Central African nation, which have experienced violent conflict since 2016.

Religious leaders in Ivory Coast during an ecumenical prayer service held Wednesday, October 14. / Alliance of Religions for Peace in Ivory Coast (ARPI)

Ahead of Presidential Polls in Ivory Coast, Religious Leaders Appeal for Dialogue, Peace

Oct 15, 2020

Religious leaders in Ivory Coast have appealed for dialogue and peace ahead of the Presidential election scheduled for October 31 amid persistent tensions.

Jean Pierre Cardinal Kutwa, Archbishop of Abidjan during the August 31 press conference in Ivory Coast's economic capital, Abidjan.

“Reconciliation is more important than elections”: Ivorian Cardinal Tells Politicians

Aug 31, 2020

The Cardinal in Ivory Coast has, in a statement, expressed his concerns about the election-related violence in the West African country and has called on the parties behind the conflict to look beyond the election event and instead focus on reconciliation of the people of God.

Fr. Emmanuel Wohi Nin (left) Secretary-General of the Episcopal Conference of Ivory Coast (CECCI) presenting the Pastoral Letter of the Bishops on Reconciliation, Justice, and Peace, at a press conference Tuesday, July 21.

Bishops in Ivory Coast Highlight Conditions for Achieving Reconciliation, Justice, Peace

Jul 25, 2020

Catholic Bishops in Ivory Coast have, in their Pastoral Letter, highlighted the conditions necessary for achieving reconciliation, justice and peace in the West African nation amid rising political tensions ahead of the presidential election scheduled for October 2020.

Jean Cardinal Zerbo with muslim leaders in Mali's capital, Bamako.

Religious Leaders in Mali Appeal for Peace, Dialogue amid Protests

Jul 15, 2020

Religious leaders in the West African nation of Mali have appealed for calm and peaceful dialogue following days of violent protests and unrest in the country’s capital, Bamako.

Pope Francis greets pilgrims at his Angelus address June 7, 2020. Credit: Vatican Media/CNA.

Pope Francis Commends UN Security Council for Global Ceasefire Resolution

Jul 5, 2020

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

Pope Francis prays in St. Peter's Basilica on June 14, 2020. Credit: Vatican Media/CNA.

After Discovery of Mass Graves in Libya, Pope Francis Appeals for Peace

Jun 14, 2020

Pope Francis expressed “great apprehension and sorrow” Sunday after eight mass graves were discovered in Libya amid the ongoing civil war.

Pope Francis delivers his Angelus broadcast from the Apostolic Palace March 29, 2020. Credit: Vatican Media.

'COVID-19 knows no borders': Pope Francis Calls for Global Ceasefire

Mar 30, 2020

The pope urged nations in conflict to respond to an appeal made by the United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres on March 23 for an “immediate global ceasefire in all corners of the world” to “focus together on the true fight of our lives,” the “battle” against the coronavirus.

Maurice Cardinal Piat, Bishop of Port Louis in Mauritius who unveiled his Pastoral Letter on the Lenten Season titled "Together let us build a lasting peace” on February 25, 2020 / Diocese of Port Louis

“It is together that peace will be lasting": Mauritian Cardinal in Message for Lent

Mar 1, 2020

The need to pull together for lasting peace in Mauritius is a key emphasis of Maurice Cardinal Piat, the Bishop of Port-Louis Diocese in his message for the Lenten period in the Indian Ocean Island nation.

Pope Francis meets with the diplomatic corps Jan. 8, 2018. Credit: Vatican Media.

Pope Francis to Diplomats: Polarization Hurts the Poor

Jan 9, 2020

In his annual address to diplomats Thursday, Pope Francis stressed that solidarity is needed in 2020 to overcome polarization for the sake of the poor, who suffer when the common good is disregarded.

Jean Pierre Cardinal Kutwa, Archbishop of Abidjan in Ivory Coast

Ivorian Cardinal Reflects on Pope’s World Day of Peace Message, Recalls Decade-old “scars”

Jan 2, 2020

As Catholic across the globe reflected on Pope Francis’ message for the 53rd World day of Peace marked Wednesday, January 1, 2020, an African Cardinal applied the Holy Father’s text to the situation of his country, recalled a decade-old “wounds which are struggling to heal” and called on his compatriots to take note of the Pontiff’s description of peace as “a great and precious value, the object of our hope and the aspiration of the entire human family.”

Pope Francis gives the Urbi et Orbi blessing from the center loggia of St. Peter’s Basilica Dec. 25, 2019. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA.

Pope Francis on Christmas: Christ's light is greater than the darkness of world's conflicts

Dec 26, 2019

On Christmas, Pope Francis prayed for Christ to bring light to the instability in Iraq, Lebanon, Venezuela, Yemen, Ukraine, Burkina Faso, and other parts of the world experiencing conflict.