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Peace

 

No to war and terrorism

“Never again one against the other, never, never again! ... Never again war!”. Paul VI’s call for peace before the General Assembly of the United ...

Searching for a way to peace

War has never been declared in Ukraine and yet it has erupted again in recent days, leaving many victims alone amidst the indifference of Europe. ...

Peace is not to be questioned

“We cannot side with those who call for the discontinuance of peace talks”. Archbishop Socrates B. Villega of Lingayen-Dagupan, President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference ...

War is not inevitable

“War is never a necessity, nor is it inevitable. Another way can always be found: the way of dialogue, encounter and the sincere search for ...

Peace and justice for Syria and Iraq

A call for an end to fighting in Syria and nearby Iraq was launched by religious leaders of the World Council of Churches and of ...

As the sun sets

A suggestive Jewish comment on Jacob’s dream underlines that the miracle of the early sunset occurred that day because God had the burning desire to ...

Shimon Peres and Mahmud Abbas accept the Pope's invitation

The President of Israel, Shimon Peres, and the President of Palestine, Mahmud Abbas, have accepted Pope Francis' invitation to come to the Vatican. The offices ...

Patiently working for peace in the Holy Land

“We know that our Holy Land needs this fraternity between peoples, among Jews, Christians and Muslims.We already know that many men and women of good ...

The fire of mercy

The publication of the Bishop of Rome’s message for the World Day of Peace immediately following Time magazine’s decision to name Pope Francis “Person of ...

The path of peace in the Middle East

On Monday, 9 December, the Holy Father celebrated Mass with the Patriarch of Alexandria for the Copts, Ibrahim Isaac Sidrak, on the occasion of the ...

Nobel Peace Prize to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons

The Nobel Peace Prize for 2013 is to be awarded to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the intergovernmental body responsible for ...

Three Popes in Assisi

The day of prayer held in Assisi on 27 October 1986 was undoubtedly one of the most memorable events of the pontificate of Pope John ...

No to a military solution to the crisis in Syria

Religious leaders from Syria, Russia, Europe and the United States are asking together for a political solution to the conflict in Syria, as a path ...

Cries for peace are heard

May the United States “listen to the voice of religious leaders, who unanimously oppose any military interference in the Syrian conflict”. This was the wish ...

Peace is possible

“I ask each party to follow decisively and courageously the path of encounter and negotiation”: Pope Francis tweeted on Monday morning, 9 September, taking up ...

A flicker of hope

From Jerusalem to Assisi and from Havana to Taizé and in Damascus, too. Numerous faithful from every part of the world gathered in spirit Saturday ...

The silence and bad dreams

The silence of the vigil in St Peter's Square is making a noise. And the day of prayer and fasting, that Pope Francis called for, ...

Rome with its Bishop

“Fr Pietro, let's begin to preparing”. The people of Rome, who have the Pope as their Bishop, listened to his appeal for peace in Syria ...

The futile pursuit of a military solution

May the leaders of the G20 understand that military solutions to the crisis in Syria are futile. Pope Francis wrote this to the President of ...

A cry for peace throughout the earth

“May the cry for peace rise loudly throughout the earth!” Pope Francis repeated this call to the many faithful in St Peter's Square on Wednesday ...

The cry of prayer throughout the world

To the ears of God, prayers are louder than war drums. Prelates of the Holy Land expressed their conviction of this, as war looms promising ...

The diplomatic corps called to the Vatican

In preparation for the day of fasting and prayer for peace and the vigil on Saturday with the Pope in St Peter's Square, the Secretary ...

The cry for peace

“Never has the use of violence brought peace in its wake. War begets war, violence begets violence”. With these strong and concerned words, Pope Francis ...

Before God and before history

“War never again! Never again war!” he said at the Angelus and posted on Twitter — taking up Paul VI’s words to the United Nations. ...

Conflict offers no hope for Syria

It is not the logic of the conflict but “the capacity for encounter and dialogue” that can offer “prospects of hope” to resolve the crisis ...

Coexistence the only way for Egypt

The Congregation for the Eastern Churches “following, with great concern, the terrible situation in Egypt, shares in Pope Francis' prayers for the victims and those ...

Faith and violence are incompatible

The peace of Christ is neither “neutrality” nor “compromise at all costs”. Following Jesus “entails giving up evil and selfishness and choosing good, truth and ...

Fraternity pathway to peace

"Fraternity, the foundation and pathway to peace". This is the theme of the 47th World Day of Peace, the first during the pontificate of Pope ...

War is always madness

“War is madness. It is the suicide of humanity. It is an act of faith in money, which for the powerful of the earth is ...

A time of hope and renewal

A strong embrace, one full of affection. Adolfo Pérez Esquivel smiles as he looks at the picture of perhaps the most intense moment of his ...

Unity among Christians for peace in the Middle East

Christians in the Middle East “face painful trials and difficulties which are a source of deep concern to us all”. They must work together “in ...

A earth where peace springs out

There is a good earth, a healthy earth freed of all selfishness and all lack of openness; a earth that God has prepared to come ...

Almost a small encyclical

The breadth of its outlook tempts one to describe the Message for the World Day of Peace as an encyclical in miniature. Two events that ...

The light that leads to justice and peace

“Christ's light is the lamp for our feet that shows us the way toward justice and peace”. These are the words of hope that are ...

International aid for the people of the Congo

At the General Audience on Wednesday morning, 5 December, the Pope asked for peace and aid for the people of the Democratic Republic of the ...

Peace in Syria before it is too late

The Holy Father appeals for peace in Syria. At the end of the General Audience of Wednesday, 7 November, in St Peter's Square, the Pope ...

In God's logic there is no room for pride

In “God's logic” there is no room for pride, “for he is wholly fullness and is wholly oriented to loving and to giving life”. The ...

Never violence in the name of religion

“Events in Libya and Egypt point to what is at stake. We need to be respectful of other religious traditions at the same time that ...

Peace with respect for differences

Two days before departing for Lebanon the Holy Father launched a new appeal for peace in the “land of the cedars” and throughout the Middle ...

Peace and reconciliation in Myanmar

Greater ecumenical commitment from Churches for a response to conflicts, greater involvement and Christian participation in communities for reconciliation and for the construction of peace ...

Blessed are the peacemakers

For the celebration of the 46th World Day of Peace of 1st January 2013, the Holy Father Benedict XVI has chosen the following theme: "Blessed ...

The world meeting for peace in Sarajevo

Twenty years after the dramatic siege of Sarajevo, the Community of Sant’Egidio and the Archdiocese of Vrhbosna, where Sarajevo is located, are sponsoring a world ...

Jesus in the hands of youth

The year 2011 ended as it had begun, marked by a series of demonstrations by youth in most European capitals and in a good many ...

It is urgent to educate young people in justice and peace

Young people today, “can offer new hope” for the “sense of frustration at the crisis looming over society, the world of labor and the economy.” ...

The realistic confidence of Pope Benedict

As always Pope Benedict went straight to the heart of the matter, preserving with firm and gentle clarity his vision of realistic confidence. Indeed, this ...

Journey of the spirit, journey of peace

“The journey of the spirit is always a journey of peace,” said Benedict XVI summarizing the most authentic message of the meeting in Assisi, which ...

Together towards the truth

No more war, no more violence, no more terrorism. Benedict XVI’s words echoed loud and clear again at the conclusion of the meeting in Assisi, ...

Let us continue on this path

In the afternoon of Thursday, 27 October, in the lower square of the Basilica of St Francis, in Assisi, the meeting for the Day of ...

God in history

In Assisi in an original reflection on the presence of God in history and on the important role of those who search for him, Benedict ...

We are as travelling companions

On Thursday, 27 October, at the Day of Reflection, Dialogue and Prayer for Peace and Justice in the World in Assisi, Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah ...

The true God is accessible to all

God is not the "property" of believers and no one can in his name "feel vindicated in using force against others". This was the appeal ...

The journey of the spirit is always a journey of peace

"The journey of the spirit is always a journey of peace". This was, according to Benedict XVI, the most authentic message coming from the Day ...

The fruits of Franciscan inheritance

In Italy, preparation for the Day of reflection, dialogue and prayer for peace and justice in the world in Assisi on October 27th, convened by ...

A truly ecumenical approach born from the good news of Christianity

The Day for Reflection, Dialogue and Prayer for Peace and Justice in the World, convoked in Assisi next October 27 by Benedict XVI is an ...

A meeting with surprises of the Spirit

I would especially like to express my and our joy and gratitude to Pope Benedict XVI for having convoked this great meeting in the town ...

In the difficult crossroads of history

Twenty-five years have passed since the event in Assisi in 1986 and the world is much changed. Then, western culture considered religions a reality which ...

Those who ask questions are on the paths of the truth

On October 27 in Assisi, together with Benedict XVI and many representatives of the various Christian confessions, there will be a small group of five ...

Educating young people in justice and peace

The Holy Father Benedict XVI has chosen the following theme for the celebration of the 45th World Day of Peace of January 1, 2012: “ ...

Let the weapons be silenced in Libya  and let dialogue begin

After praying the Angelus with the faithful in St Peter’s Square on Sunday, 27 March, the Holy Father made the following Appeal for peace on ...

Peace on the horizon for Libya

After praying the Angelus in St Peter’s Square on Sunday, 20 March, the Holy Father made the following Appeal on behalf of the people of ...

Determination on the path to peace

“ The serious attack on the Christian Coptic community in Alexandria, Egypt”, the Pope said after praying the Angelus with the faithful gathered in St ...

The blood of the faithful

The massacre in Alexandria — which targeted the Orthodox Coptic faithful in the Egyptian city as they emerged from a liturgical celebration — met with ...

Respect for religious freedom

On Christmas Day, Saturday, 25 December 2010, the Holy Father delivered the traditional “Urbi et Orbi” Message to the many faithful gathered in St Peter’s ...

Religious freedom, the path to peace

Benedict XVI's Message

The politics of brotherhood

The ancient Latin saying that advocates the preparation of weapons with peace in mind – si vis pacem para bellum – in a certain way ...

The urgency of peace

Concern for Jerusalem and for the support of Christian people in the land of the Incarnation of the Son of God, dates back to ancient ...

Respectful agreement for lasting peace

On Thursday morning, 2 September, in the Apostolic Palace of Castel Gandolfo, the Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI received in Audience Mr Shimon Peres, President ...

«Religious freedom, the path to peace»

“ Religious freedom, the path to peace”. This is the theme chosen by Pope Benedict XVI for the celebration of the 2011 World Day of ...

Lasting peace and freedom of religion for all

On Friday, 25 June, in the Vatican's Clementine Hall, the Holy Father spoke to the Members of the Assembly of Organizations for Aid to the ...

Respect for Creation essential to justice in Africa

Africa is ready to put all its spiritual resources at the disposition of the Church and the world. In exchange it asks only respect and ...

Love is the sign of Christians

On Sunday, 31 January, the Holy Father introduced the recitation of the Angelus with the faithful gathered in St Peter's Square with comments on St ...

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