CRS, other NGOs pledge total of $1.2 billion to help world's refugees

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Eighty-six percent of the world's refugees are living in developing countries and it is particularly hard for those countries to meet refugees' needs and provide them an education and a livelihood, according to Catholic Relief Services’ Jill Marie.


No war is holy, pope says at interreligious peace gathering

ASSISI, Italy (CNS) — Violence in the name of God does not represent the true nature of religion and must be condemned by all faiths, Pope Francis said.


Pope, Christian leaders pray for peace, victims of war

ASSISI, Italy (CNS) — Jesus' cry of thirst on the cross is heard today in the cries of innocent victims of war in the world, Pope Francis said.