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Pope urges Europe to nurture religious roots, sow peace in its borders

The project of European unity and cooperation, ensuring peace on the continent and helping others find peace as well, requires a real commitment to dialogue and respect for others, Pope Francis said.

All is lost with war, especially children’s lives, future, pope says

After praying the noon Angelus with people gathered in St. Peter's Square July 27, Pope Francis pleaded to stop all war. The pope's plea came as he recalled the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War, which, with more than 37 million causalities, was one of the deadliest conflicts in history. He said July 28 would be "a day of mourning" and a chance for people to remember the lessons of history.

At AIDS conference, Catholics remember colleagues killed on Malaysian flight

Catholics involved in the fight against HIV and AIDS took a few moments July 21 to remember their friends and colleagues who perished in the Malaysia Airlines flight shot down over eastern Ukraine.

Jesuit priest working with former refugees kidnapped in Afghanistan

Jesuit Refugee Service's country director in Afghanistan — a priest from India — was kidnapped June 2 as he was leaving a school serving children who were recently returned to Afghanistan after living as refugees in Iran or Pakistan.

Jesus in heaven still holds our hand, shows us the way, pope says

Although Christ ascended into heaven, he remains present in a new form through the gifts and power of the Holy Spirit in order to accompany and guide people in their daily lives, Pope Francis said.

Pope and Obama discuss religious freedom, life issues, immigration

In their first encounter, Pope Francis received U.S. President Barack Obama at the Vatican March 27 for a discussion that touched on several areas of tension between the Catholic Church and the White House, including religious freedom and medical ethics.

Pope Francis, Obama meet privately at Vatican for 50 minutes

Pope Francis received U.S. President Barack Obama at the Vatican March 27. In what was their first encounter, the two leaders spoke in private for more than 50 minutes, an extraordinarily long time for such a meeting.

Ukrainian churches urge peace as war clouds gather over Crimea

Church leaders in Ukraine appealed for peace in their country's Crimea peninsula as its government accused Russia of "carrying out an armed invasion."

Ukrainian archbishop sees lingering threat of war, but signs of hope

The three months of protests in Ukraine that ended with government snipers killing dozens of people strengthened the commitment to democracy of many Ukrainians, but also left the country vulnerable to further violence and division, said the head of the Ukrainian Catholic Church.

Ripple effect continues five years after immigration raid on Iowa plant

Carrying red flowers representing the 389 workers arrested during a 2008 raid, hundreds of people participated in a Walk for Justice and interfaith prayer service to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the immigration raid on the Agriprocessors Plant in Postville.