• 19 Jan 2015

    Catholic parishes across England and Wales have celebrating Peace Sunday this weekend, sharing the 2015 peace message of Pope Francis: 'Slaves no more, but brothers and sisters'.

  • 19 Jan 2015

    Some six million people flocked to the Philippine capital Manila on Sunday 18 January to take part in a celebratory Mass led by Pope Francis.

  • 18 Jan 2015

    In the worldwide Catholic Church, the World Day of Migrants and Refugees is celebrated in January each year, having been instituted in 1914 by Pope Pius X. In 2015 it falls on 18 January, which is also the Church's World Peace Day (and for many the first Day of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity).

  • 25 Dec 2014

    In his traditional Christmas Day address, Pope Francis denounced religiously motivated violence and persecution, making a strong call for peace.

  • 29 Nov 2014

    Pope Francis has undertaken a fourth papal visit to Turkey amid much ignorance and misunderstanding. Ekklesia associate and regional expert Dr Harry Hagopian says that the present leader of the worldwide Catholic Church came to Ankara and Istanbul with three overarching objectives. He looks at what those are and why they are important politically and religiously.

  • 10 Jun 2014

    In both Bethlehem and Jerusalem, Pope Francis offered his home in the Vatican as a place for the encounter of prayer. It was a potentially transformative moment. Now that the event is over, and both presidents have re-iterated their desire for peace, what happens next to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict - more so since President Peres completes his term as president of Israel at the end of July? Regional expert and Ekklesia associate Dr Harry Hagopian explores the issues.

  • 10 Mar 2014

    Pope Francis met with Rev Olav Fykse Tveit, Secretary General of the World Council of Churches, on 7 March in an encounter described as "very positive".

  • 17 Jan 2014

    Hospitality, cooperation and justice should characterise the response of communities and nations to displaced people, Pope Francis has declared.

  • 5 Jan 2014

    In remarks on World Peace Day, marked by Catholics on 1 January, Pope Francis said that peace is rooted in the strength of humility.

  • 25 Dec 2013

    Pope Francis' wish for Christmas is for a better world, and for protection and dignity for a range of vulnerable groups.