- Apr 18, 2021
Pope Francis Sunday addressed the wave of protests that have swept through the globe this summer, some of which have turned violent, issuing an appeal for peaceful demonstrations and for those fueled by hate to let go and move toward forgiveness and reconciliation.
From Africa to South America, bishops are saying enough is enough to the violence which for years has gripped nations throughout these regions, turning to the traditional practice of prayer and fasting to obtain peace.
The path to true peace requires the world to abolish nuclear weapons, an American bishop and a Japanese archbishop said as the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombings at the end of World War II approached.
At a time when many within the Catholic Church are at odds with each other, Pope Francis on Sunday said that Jesus wasn’t “using nice turns of phrase” when he called upon those who follow him to “love your enemies.”
Visiting the Southern Italian city of Bari, Pope Francis on Sunday demanded government leaders protect minorities, particularly Christians.
According to a leading figure striving to help South Sudanese leaders to make good on their promise to form a transitional government as part of a peace deal that has been several times delayed, all parties involved are making good progress.
Their convent is surrounded on three sides by the Israeli separation wall, but the Comboni Sisters told visiting bishops they are trying to build bridges of peace rather than walls.
Days after the assassination of influential Iranian general Qasem Soleimani by the United States, Pope Francis issued an appeal for peace and calm amid what he said is an “air of tension” felt in many places throughout the world.