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Pope Francis and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

Will Pope Francis meet Ukraine’s President Zelenskyy this weekend?

May 12, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

While the Vatican has not confirmed the meeting, diplomatic sources reportedly expect it. Read more

Metropolitan Anthony, chairman for external church relations of the Russian Orthodox Church, greets Pope Francis after his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square on May 3, 2023.

Pope Francis greets Russian Orthodox metropolitan after audience

May 3, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

The brief encounter in St. Peter’s Square with Metropolitan Anthony took place days after the pope said secret peace talks... Read more

Ukraine Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal meets Pope Francis in a private, 30-minute encounter at the Vatican on the morning of April 27, 2023.

Ukraine’s prime minister asks Pope Francis to help bring back children taken to Russia

Apr 27, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

Ukraine’s prime minister told journalists Thursday that he has asked Pope Francis for help getting back children forcibly deported to... Read more


Ukraine faults Vatican for ‘equating victim and aggressor’ during Way of the Cross

Apr 10, 2023

By Jonah McKeown

A Ukraine foreign ministry spokesman criticized a Vatican decision to have the words of two young people from Ukraine and... Read more

Pope Francis reads the Act of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary in St. Peter’s Basilica, March 25, 2022.

Pope Francis asked Catholics to renew Marian consecration every March 25. Here’s what that means

Mar 24, 2023

By Jonah McKeown

March 25 marks one year since Pope Francis consecrated Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Read more

Pope Francis prays at the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fatima in Portugal on May 12, 2017.

Pope Francis invites Catholics to renew consecration to Immaculate Heart of Mary on March 25

Mar 22, 2023

By Courtney Mares

The solemnity of the Annunciation on Saturday marks one year since Pope Francis consecrated Russia and Ukraine to the Blessed... Read more

Pope Francis prays in St. Peter's Square on March 8, 2023.

Pope Francis says imprisonment of Nicaraguan bishop reminds him of Hitler’s dictatorship

Mar 10, 2023

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis also speaks about Russia's “imperial” agenda, his thoughts on retirement, and Benedict XVI's funeral in a new round... Read more


Spokesman for Russian Catholic bishops: ‘There is no foreseeable solution’ to Ukraine war

Feb 27, 2023

By Ana Paula Morales

Father Kirill Gorbunov said that “the majority of the people are suffering” and that “after a year of war [with... Read more

The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France

European court: Russia violated human rights by not legally recognizing gay unions

Feb 6, 2023

By Tyler Arnold

Three couples claimed Russia’s failure to recognize their request for homosexual marriages violated the 1950 European Convention on Human Rights. Read more

Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky receives from U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) (L) a US national flag during his address to the U.S. Congress at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. on Dec. 21, 2022.

With Zelenskyy in the U.S., faith leaders sign petition calling for a ‘Christmas truce’

Dec 21, 2022

By Katie Yoder

One thousand faith leaders have signed a petition that asks the Biden administration to push for a “negotiated settlement” to... Read more

Vladimir Putin / Credit: Flickr from Global Panorama (CC BY-SA 2.0)  Pope Francis / Daniel Ibañez, ACI Press

Russia is ‘willing’ to speak with Pope Francis about the war in Ukraine

Oct 26, 2022

By CNA Staff

Russian presidential spokesman Dmitri Peskov said his government is willing to talk with Pope Francis, the U.S., and France to... Read more

Pope Francis dedicated nearly all of his Angelus address on Oct. 1 to the war in Ukraine.

Pope Francis appeals to Putin for an immediate cease-fire in Ukraine

Oct 2, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Speaking from the window of the Apostolic Palace on Oct. 2, the pope dedicated nearly all of his Angelus address... Read more


The geopolitics of Pope Francis’ trip to Kazakhstan

Sep 12, 2022

By Courtney Mares

This week Pope Francis is traveling to Kazakhstan, a Muslim-majority country sandwiched between Russia and China. Read more

Pope Francis’ general audience in St. Peter’s Square, June 8, 2022.

Pope Francis: Russia’s use of mercenaries in Ukraine is ‘monstrous’

Jun 14, 2022

By CNA Staff

In a new interview, the pope suggested the Ukraine war was ‘perhaps somehow either provoked or not prevented.’ Read more

Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev meets with Pope Francis at the Vatican, Dec. 22, 2021

Metropolitan Hilarion moved in Russian Orthodox Church shake-up

Jun 7, 2022

By Luke Coppen

He had served as the Russian Orthodox Church’s chief ecumenical official since 2009. Read more

Archbishop Stanisław Gądecki.

Polish bishops’ leader: Vatican’s approach to Russia ‘naive and utopian’

May 24, 2022

By Luke Coppen

Archbishop Stanisław Gądecki made the remark after a May 17-20 visit to Ukraine. Read more

Cardinal Kurt Koch, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, addresses Pope Francis at the Vatican, May 6, 2022.

What’s the future of Catholic-Russian Orthodox relations?

May 9, 2022

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Pope Francis appears to have burned ecumenical bridges with Moscow. Vatican Cardinal Kurt Koch is seeking to rebuild them. Read more

Pope Francis takes part in a video call with Patriarch Kirill on March 16, 2022.

Russian Orthodox Church: Pope Francis’ comments about talks with Patriarch Kirill ‘regrettable’

May 4, 2022

By CNA Staff

The Moscow Patriarchate said the pope’s words were ‘unlikely to contribute to the establishment of a constructive dialogue.’ Read more

Pope Francis and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Pope Francis says he wants to meet Putin in Moscow to discuss Ukraine war

May 3, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

‘We have not yet had a response,’ the pope said. Read more

Pope Francis takes part in a video call with Patriarch Kirill, March 16, 2022.

Pope Francis says Vatican canceled meeting with Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill

Apr 22, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

In an interview with an Argentine newspaper published Thursday, Pope Francis said a meeting with Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill will... Read more