- May 26, 2020
A leading Catholic aid agency in Ethiopia is working to “foster lasting peace and address the root causes of the conflict” affecting the country, and hopes the recent Nobel Peace prize for Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed will “spotlight” the positive results recently achieved in the East African country.
Pope Francis met Thursday with the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize winner Nadia Murad, a survivor of ISIS enslavement and an advocate for human rights and persecuted Iraqi minorities.
There’s a good case why popes shouldn’t get the Nobel Peace Prize, which turns out to be similar to why they shouldn’t be declared saints.
At a major Vatican summit, several Nobel Peace Prize winners who were participants, said they see a major role for faith-based groups in pursuing the cause of a nuclear weapon-free world, including drawing on their capacities to mobilize people and public opinion and also laying out the moral and spiritual case for disarmament.
“Our point of contact is the local church of South Korea,” said Cardinal Peter Turkson of the Vatican’s Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development. “The dicastery is already in communication with the Korean episcopal conference to see how we may have contact also with the regime on the other side … We are exploring the possibilities of speaking to them directly.”
Addressing participants in an International Symposium called “Prospects for a World Free from Nuclear Weapons and for Integral Disarmament,” organized by the Vatican’s Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, Pope Francis said “international relations cannot be held captive to military force, mutual intimidation, and the parading of stockpiles of arms.”