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Ukrainian refugee and artist Serhii Kolodka in his studio at Holy Eucharist Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral, where he is putting the finishing touches on two large icons destined for Holy Spirit Parish in New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada.

Ukraine iconographer and artist paints history while it’s still unfolding

Holy Eucharist Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral in New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada, has supported more than 1,000 refugees since the war... Read more

Cardinal Matteo Zuppi and U.S. President Joe Biden.

Cardinal Zuppi meets with Biden to discuss humanitarian work in Ukraine

Jul 19, 2023

By Tyler Arnold

The pope’s special envoy met with President Joe Biden Tuesday evening to discuss the Vatican’s humanitarian efforts in war-torn Ukraine. Read more

Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher.

Vatican diplomat: Pope Francis ‘stubbornly believes in peace’ 

Jul 18, 2023

By Daniel Payne

Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher last week defended what he described as Pope Francis’ “strong and courageous” push for peace in... Read more

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Religious freedom report shows dangerous trends in the West

Jun 27, 2023

By Tyler Arnold

The 2023 Religious Freedom in the World report released by Aid to the Church in Need highlights dangerous trends within... Read more

Cardinal Matteo Maria Zuppi, archbishop of Bologna, during a consistory Oct. 5, 2019.

Cardinal Zuppi to go to Moscow this week as Pope Francis’ peace envoy

Jun 27, 2023

By Courtney Mares

Zuppi will arrive in Russia’s capital less than one week after a paramilitary organization known as the Wagner Group rebelled... Read more

Papal envoy Cardinal Konrad Krajewski prays at a mass grave in Ukraine on Good Friday, April 15, 2022.

Pope Francis is sending Cardinal Krajewski to Ukraine on a humanitarian mission

Jun 22, 2023

By Courtney Mares

This will be the cardinal’s sixth visit back to Ukraine, this time to bring aid to Kherson amid floods. Read more

Pope Francis’ envoy to Ukraine Cardinal Matteo Zuppi on June 6, 2023, finished a “brief but intense” two-day visit to Kyiv, which included a meeting with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

Papal envoy to Ukraine meets with President Zelenskyy, concludes ‘intense’ visit

Jun 6, 2023

By Kevin J. Jones

Pope Francis’ envoy to Ukraine Cardinal Matteo Zuppi on Tuesday finished a “brief but intense” two-day visit to Kyiv. Read more

Cardinal Matteo Zuppi of Bologna, Italy.

Cardinal Zuppi arrives in Ukraine to begin work as Vatican peace envoy

Jun 5, 2023

By Courtney Mares

Cardinal Matteo Zuppi arrived in Kyiv on Monday to carry out the peace mission entrusted to him by Pope Francis. Read more

Pope Francis delivers his Regina Caeli address on May 21, 2023.

Pope Francis: ‘We must not get used to war!’

May 21, 2023

By Courtney Mares

The pope also prayed for peace in Sudan, where fighting between the country’s military and a coalition of paramilitary forces... Read more

Pope Francis met Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy at the Vatican on May 13, 2023, their first meeting since the start of the full-scale war with Russia.

Pope Francis and Ukraine’s President Zelenskyy meet at Vatican

May 13, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

The May 13 encounter — their first since Russia initiated a full-scale war in Ukraine over 14 months ago —... Read more

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

Pope Francis attended a Vatican screening of the 2022 documentary “Freedom on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom” on Feb. 24, 2023.

Pope Francis to receive Ukraine’s prime minister on Thursday

Apr 24, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

The two last met at the Vatican in March 2021 amid clashes between Ukraine and Russia in the Donbas region. 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

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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

The Knights of Columbus film "In Solidarity with Ukraine" will have a six-week run on ABC-affiliated stations starting Feb. 26.

Knights of Columbus’ new film on humanitarian crisis in Ukraine: Here’s how to watch

Feb 25, 2023

By Joe Bukuras

The documentary film “In Solidarity with Ukraine” premieres Feb. 26 and will run for six weeks on ABC-affiliated stations across... 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

Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk records a video message on April 8, 2022.

Ukrainian Catholic leader on anniversary of war: We need spiritual strength

Feb 24, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

“On this 365th day of war, we thank the Lord God that we can continue to fight against the evil... Read more