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The Peace Pulpit: "We all are aware of the need ... of people who are oppressed, people who need to have justice done for them, people who are hungry, people who are homeless, people who are refugees."
In the complex peace process now underway in Colombia after 52 years of violent conflict, the Catholic Church works on many levels to replace a culture of violence with one of encounter.
As 2017 was drawing to a close, the horrors of war and people's yearnings for peace were on Pope Francis' mind and in his prayers.
Church leaders seeking peace on the Korean Peninsula emphasized the need for "repentance and atonement" between North Korea and South Korea.