BLOG: peace
At the Apostolic Nunciature in Kinshasa on February 1, Pope Francis heard and responded to the stories of victims of violence in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He encouraged listeners to “say no to violence” and “no to resignation,” to “demilitarize their hearts,” and “say yes to peace” and “yes more
On January 31, the first day of his apostolic visit to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Pope Francis gave an address to the president, members of government, diplomatic corps, and religious and civil authorities.  Read the full text of his address below:   Meeting with Authorities and Diplomatic Corps Address of His Holiness more
At the Mosque of Sakhir Royal Palace in Alawi, Bahrain on November 4, Pope Francis addressed a meeting with the members of the Muslim Council of Elders. He said that religious leaders have “a unique and inescapable duty: to help humanity to rediscover the forgotten sources of life, to lead men and women to drink from more
At the Al-Fida’ Square of Sakhir Royal Palace on November 4, Pope Francis addressed the “Bahrain Forum for Dialogue: East and West for Human Coexistence.” He said that Forum participants “are here together because we all intend to set sail on the same waters, choosing the route of encounter rather than that of confrontation.” He more
At the Sakhir Palace in Awali on November 3, Pope Francis addressed the civil authorities and diplomatic corps of Bahrain. He thought of the country’s “Tree of Life,” a national symbol and “emblem of vitality,” which inspired his reflections on “the themes of respect, tolerance and religious freedom,” on the global labour crisis, the environment more
At the Colosseum in Rome on October 25, Pope Francis addressed an interreligious prayer meeting for peace. At a time when “the use of atomic weapons is threatened outright,” even in Europe, the Holy Father’s prayer for peace was “a heartfelt plea” and an appeal to the progress in “fraternal relations between religions.”   Prayer more