- Apr 13, 2021
With so much conflict, violence and war, the world needs people who are specially prepared to bring Gospel values to social, political and economic situations, Pope Francis said.
In a Buddhist temple nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas, more than 7,200 miles from Davenport, Iowa, the Dalai Lama received the Pacem in Terris Peace and Freedom Award from Bishop Thomas R. Zinkula March 4.
The world needs leaders who are humble and willing to talk with their enemies with the aim of leading their countries toward peace, Pope Francis said.
For the first time in six years, Pax Christi USA has a bishop president. Bishop John Stowe of Lexington, Kentucky, has joined the national council of the Catholic peace organization.
“We are so much happier because we get a place to call ours,” said Sister Josephine Muthoni Kwenga, a Sister of St. Joseph of Tarbes describing a shipping container they set up as a store where women gather for seminars on conflict resolution, empowerment and health. They also learned beading techniques to make small crafts to sell at local markets.
Amidst a rising chorus of criticism of atrocities committed by Russian-backed forces loyal to President Assad, one nun working in Aleppo says the victims are on all sides — yet western journalists focus on one side only.