Colombia's Catholic bishops urged the government and armed rebels to commit to an indefinite cease-fire while a new peace deal is negotiated.
The Nobel committee chose Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos as winner of the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize.
Large-scale mining and extractive operations are failing to deliver economic benefits while causing environmental damage and human suffering throughout Latin America, said a coalition of church organizations and environmental groups.
The Churches and Mining Network, which includes Catholic bishops, priests and laypeople, leaders of Christian churches and environmentalists, said in a statement Sunday that governments, church leaders and civil society organizations need to find alternatives to so-called "mega-mining" operations.
While hailing the Colombian peace agreement, Pope Francis declined an invitation to name a representative to help choose judges for what have been described as "peace tribunals."
Commentary: It is also important for the war's victims and survivors' voices to be heard -- to be recognized by the Catholic church as victims of state terrorism and church failure.
Representatives of Colombia's largest guerrilla movement known as FARC have asked to meet Pope Francis when he visits Cuba in September.
Cardinal-designate Jose de Jesus Pimiento Rodriguez will be the oldest of 20 men elevated to cardinal Feb. 14.
But for the tragedy in the Philippines, 2013 is ending as a quiet year for humanitarian events, right? Not necessarily.