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St. John Paul II, circa 1992.

That time a priest was reprimanded by a saint

Oct 22, 2021

By Mary Farrow

When white smoke poured out of the chimney of the Sistine Chapel on October 16, 1978, Fr. Eamon Kelly, a... Read more

‘Thousands of women want to go back’: Abortion pill reversal service expands in Russia

Aug 6, 2021

By CNA Staff

Russia became the first country in the world to legalize abortion in 1920. Read more

The 10 Russian Catholic martyrs of the 20th century whose beatification process is underway.

Catholic Church in Russia reorganizes causes of 20th-century martyrs

Jun 5, 2021

By CNA Staff

All the candidates died after the Russian Revolution and the Bolshevik establishment of the Soviet Union. Read more

Volodymyr Zelensky visits the Ternopil region of Ukraine on Sept. 18, 2020.

Ukraine’s president: Vatican would be the ideal place for meeting with Putin

Apr 30, 2021

By Courtney Mares

“The Holy See is a moral authority on a global level which has always effectively played the role of mediator,”... Read more

Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk with Pope Francis in 2020.

Pope Francis prays for peace as Ukraine-Russia tensions rise

Apr 18, 2021

By Courtney Mares

“I follow with great concern the events in some areas of eastern Ukraine, where violations of the ceasefire have multiplied... Read more

The Church of Sts. Peter and Paul in Novgorod, Russia.

Russian authorities return church to Catholic community after 25-year wait

Apr 9, 2021

Authorities in Russia have returned a church to the Catholic community after a 25-year wait. Read more

United Nations Offices in Geneva, Switzerland, home of the UNHRC.

Addition of Cuba, China, Russia to UN Human Rights Council draws criticism

Oct 15, 2020

A human rights group in Cuba criticized the election of China, Cuba, and Russia to the UN Human Rights Council,... Read more

The Cathedral of the Holy Name of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Minsk.

Bishop: Claims that Church in Belarus being used by US 'complete nonsense'

Sep 30, 2020

The Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Minsk-Mohilev on Tuesday denied reports from Russia's foreign intelligence agency that the Church... Read more

United States Capitol Building - Washington DC. Via Shutterstock

New House bill targets religious persecution in Crimea

Dec 16, 2019

By Matt Hadro

A bipartisan bill has been introduced in the House of Representatives to hold Russia accountable for what Congressmen claim is the... Read more

Pope Francis meets with Ukrainian Greek Catholic leaders at the Vatican July 5, 2019.

Pope Francis tells Ukrainian Catholic leaders to persevere in hope amid Donbas conflict

Jul 6, 2019

By Courtney Mares

One day following his private audience with Vladimir Putin, Pope Francis met Friday with leaders of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic... Read more

Pope Francis greets Russian President Vladimir July 4, 2019.

Putin visits Pope Francis on July 4th

Jul 4, 2019

By Courtney Mares

Russian President Vladimir Putin met with Pope Francis at the Vatican July 4 for a 55-minute private discussion about international... Read more

Cherkassy, Ukraine: an Orthrodox procession, January 2017.

Orthodox Patriarch commits to independent Ukrainian Church, snubs Moscow

Oct 11, 2018

The announcement, released Oct. 11, also removed the traditional right of the Russian Patriarch to ordain the Metropolitan of Kyiv,... Read more

Russian president Vladimir Putin at the Vatican, June 10, 2015.

Russians hacked Catholic, Orthodox clergy amid Ukrainian push for autocephaly

Sep 7, 2018

By Courtney Mares

Russian hackers infiltrated the email inboxes of Orthodox, Catholic, and other religious leaders connected to Ukraine amid conflict between Kyiv... Read more

 Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk.

Archbishop: Russian invasion of Ukraine is a ‘silent war’

Jun 15, 2018

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Speaking at the end of a closed-door meeting on religious freedom at the US Embassy to the Holy See, Major... Read more

A soldier holds a prayer candle at a military chaplaincy in eastern Ukraine, March 2015. Photo courtesy of Aid to the Church in Need.

Commentary: Religious Persecution in the Occupied Territories of Eastern Ukraine

Apr 20, 2018

War continues to ravage eastern Ukraine, where conflict erupted in April 2014 following Russia’s annexation of Crimea and the violent... Read more

Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Cardinal calls for consecration of Mexico to Immaculate Heart of Mary

Apr 10, 2018

Facing violence, poverty and corruption, Mexico should be consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, said Archbishop Emeritus Juan Sandoval... Read more

Parolin, Kirill: we have reached a 'new stage' in Church relations

Aug 23, 2017

By Elise Harris

After a joint meeting during Cardinal Pietro Parolin's visit to Russia this week, both he and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill... Read more

Cardinal Pietro Parolin celebrates Mass in St. Peter's Basilica, April 27, 2017.

Parolin in Russia: Vatican diplomacy has a key role in global debate

Aug 21, 2017

By Elise Harris

As he arrived to Russia for his official three-day visit, Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin said the Holy... Read more

Why Russia's new ban on Jehovah's Witnesses is so troubling

Apr 21, 2017

By Kevin J. Jones

The Jehovah's Witnesses have been banned as an extremist group in a Thursday Supreme Court decision that observers feared signaled... Read more

St. Basil’s Cathedral, St. Petersburg Russia.

Archbishop laments 'curse of terrorism' after St. Petersburg attack

Apr 3, 2017

Archbishop Paolo Pezzi of Moscow offered his prayers and condolences following a deadly explosion in the St. Petersburg metro on... Read more