Catholic Church in Ukraine

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Pope Francis embraces Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk, the leader of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, during a meeting with bishops of the Synod of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church at the Vatican on Sept. 6, 2023.

Ukrainian archbishop says same-sex blessings document doesn’t apply to Eastern Churches

Dec 22, 2023

By Joe Bukuras

Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk said that his statement was in response to numerous appeals from bishops, clergy, monastics, and individual... Read more

Borys Gudziak, archeparch of the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia.

Catholic Church in Ukraine facing extermination, bishops say

Oct 31, 2023

By Peter Pinedo

The bishops said that the Church in Ukraine could be facing severe repression and may once again be forced underground... Read more

Pope Francis meets with bishops of the Synod of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church at the Vatican on Sept. 6, 2023.

Ukrainian Greek Catholic synod tells Pope Francis he has made ‘painful’ statements

Sep 6, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

“We expressed to the pope everything that our faithful in Ukraine and throughout the world entrusted us to convey to... Read more

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Ukrainian soldier saved by praying the rosary, priest recounts

Feb 27, 2023

By Ana Paula Morales

Part of Ukrainian priest Father Josafat Boyko’s ministry is to provide spiritual direction to soldiers fighting the Russian invasion. Read more

Pope Francis looking at images from Ukraine at the general audience, Dec. 21, 2022

Ukrainian priest: ‘It’s in these times when heroes and saints are born’

Feb 24, 2023

By Almudena Martínez-Bordiú

Ukrainian priest Father Jurij Blazejewski highlighted the faith of the Ukrainian people and assured that “it is Christ who is... Read more

Father Vyacheslav Grynevych gave Pope Francis with a cross made out of broken glass and rubble from destroyed buildings in Kyiv on Feb. 21, 2023.

Catholic priest from Ukraine gives Pope Francis cross made out of war rubble

Feb 23, 2023

By Courtney Mares

The Catholic priest and his team have worked tirelessly to provide food, shelter, protection, and health and psychological support to... Read more

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Ukrainian Catholics to livestream Stations of the Cross from bomb shelter on Friday

Feb 22, 2023

By Courtney Mares

The online prayer event on the first Friday of Lent at 8 p.m. Kyiv time will tell the personal stories... Read more

Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk, leader of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, on Dec. 9, 2022

Ukrainian Catholics will now celebrate Christmas on Dec. 25 in a shift toward the West

Feb 8, 2023

By Peter Pinedo

The Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church announced Monday that it is switching its fixed-date religious celebrations to match the Gregorian calendar. Read more

Destruction in Izium, Ukraine – December 2022.

Seeing Jesus in the enemy: Christmas in Ukraine’s martyr city

Dec 12, 2022

By Andrea Gagliarducci

There is a lot to rebuild in the town of Izium. An estimated 80% of the taller buildings and 30%... Read more

Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk records a video message in Kyiv, Ukraine, on March 8, 2022.

Ukrainian archbishop appeals for release of Catholic priests captured by Russian troops

Dec 2, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Two Catholic priests captured by Russian troops are “being tortured without mercy,” the leader of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church... Read more

The depiction of Our Lady of the Gate of Dawn

Mass for image of Our Lady ‘miraculously saved’ from a fire in the Ukrainian capital

Nov 21, 2022

By Justyna Galant

The image of Our Lady of the Gate of Dawn was hanging right on the organ in the church of... Read more

Father Oleksandr Repin among the church ruins

Benedictine nun from Ukraine: The church building is in ruins, but the Church is alive

Nov 18, 2022

By Justyna Galant

“It was hard to imagine that not so long ago, this had been a church where people had gathered every... Read more

Ukrainian Catholic Archbishop Borys Gudziak, archeparch of the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia

U.S. Catholic bishops affirm support for Ukraine war with Russia

Nov 16, 2022

By Zelda Caldwell

Pledges of continued support following an impassioned speech by Archbishop Borys Gudziak of the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia. Read more

Papal almoner Cardinal Konrad Krajewski, pictured in St. Peter’s Basilica on June 29, 2019.

Cardinal Konrad Krajewski prays at mass grave in Ukraine

Sep 20, 2022

By Courtney Mares

A Vatican envoy in Ukraine prayed in silence at the recently discovered mass grave in Izium on Monday while forensic... Read more

Among the victims of the Russian missile attack was a four-year-old girl with Down syndrome named Liza.

Ukrainian Catholic bishops pray for victims of missile strike in Vinnytsia

Jul 16, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Ukrainian Catholic bishops gathered in prayer together for the victims of a Russian missile strike on the city of Vinnytsia,... Read more

Pope Francis and Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk.

Pope Francis assures Ukrainian Greek Catholic bishops of prayers, 'involvement' to end war

Jul 11, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis said he is praying for Ukraine and working behind the scenes to help suffering Ukrainians.   Read more

A young girl draws on the wall of a destroyed house in the village of Andriivka, Kyiv region, on June 3, 2022 on the 100th day of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Sergei Chuzavkov/AFP via Getty Images)

Bishop of Kyiv after 100 days of war: 'Please, let us not stop praying for Ukraine' 

Jun 3, 2022

By Justyna Galant

The fighting in Ukraine has entered a new phase, and some are losing interest —and hope. Read more

Archbishop Paul Gallagher meets with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba in Kyiv on May 20.

Vatican foreign minister meets Ukrainian counterpart in Kyiv

May 20, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Archbishop Paul Gallagher prayed at a former mass grave site in Bucha during his Ukraine visit. Read more

Tetiana Stawnychy, president of Caritas Ukraine, speaks at a press conference in Rome, May 16, 2022.

‘This is going to be a long haul’: Ukraine’s Caritas groups help almost 1.5 million people as war rages on

May 16, 2022

By CNA Staff

The aid offered so far is ‘just the beginning,’ said Caritas Ukraine president Tetiana Stawnychy. Read more

Damage at the Major Theological Seminary of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Vorzel, Ukraine.

Ukraine war: Catholic charity to fund restoration of looted seminary

May 11, 2022

By CNA Staff

‘They took everything they could,’ said seminary rector Father Ruslan Mikhalkiv. Read more