Catholic Church in Ukraine

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Archbishop Mieczysław Mokrzycki, Latin Rite archbishop of Lviv, Ukraine.

Ukraine crisis: Catholic archbishop says God will have last word on Russia conflict

Feb 23, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

‘Rest assured, our prayers can change the course of this conflict,’ he said. Read more

Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk, pictured at Vatican Radio, July 8, 2019.

Major archbishop urges Ukrainians to be united in face of ‘great threat’

Feb 15, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Feb. 16 will be observed as a “day of unity” in Ukraine. Read more

Archbishop Stanisław Gądecki.

Polish Catholic leader asks Ukraine and Russia’s bishops to join in prayer for peace

Feb 15, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

‘Every war is madness,’ Archbishop Stanisław Gądecki said in a letter to the Catholic and Orthodox bishops. Read more

His Beatitude Sviatoslav Shevchuk.

Major archbishop: Church offers hope amid ‘very dangerous escalation’ in Ukraine crisis

Feb 4, 2022

By CNA Staff

Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk was speaking at an Aid to the Church in Need online event. Read more

Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk, head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, with Archbishop Stanisław Gądecki, president of the Polish bishops’ conference.

Catholic bishops of Ukraine and Poland say Russia tensions pose ‘great danger’

Jan 24, 2022

By CNA Staff

Church leaders appealed to world leaders to ‘refrain from hostilities.’ Read more

Catholics pictured near the Co-Cathedral of St. Alexander in Kyiv, Ukraine. April 3, 2021.

Europe’s Catholic bishops ask for prayers for peace in Ukraine

Jan 21, 2022

By Courtney Mares

The bishop said the country was facing a ‘dramatic moment of tension.’ Read more

Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk, head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church. YouTube screenshot.

‘May the Savior wipe away every tear’: Ukrainian Greek Catholic leader issues Christmas message

Jan 7, 2021

The leader of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church urged his flock Wednesday to set aside “fear and sorrow” as they... Read more

Cardinal Marian Jaworski.

Cardinal Jaworski, friend of St. John Paul II, dies at age 94

Sep 7, 2020

A cardinal who was close to St. John Paul II died Saturday, two weeks after his 94th birthday.  Read more

Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square on Oct. 9, 2019.

One million people helped in Ukraine by Pope Francis’ charitable project

Jul 28, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis’ charitable project for Ukraine, started in 2016, has helped nearly one million people in the war-torn country, according... Read more

Burned car in the center of city after unrest in Odesa, Ukraine.

'Somebody is killed every day': Bishop pleads for Christians to remember Ukraine

Mar 12, 2020

By Matt Hadro

With global attention focused on the coronavirus outbreak, Ukrainian Catholic bishop has urged Christians not to forget their suffering brethren in... 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

Burned car in the center of city after unrest in Odesa, Ukraine.

How 'Pope for Ukraine' aims to help displaced families

Jan 3, 2019

By Andrea Gagliarducci

“Pope for Ukraine” is a Vatican initiative that aims to collaborate with non-Catholic entities to respond to the emergency humanitarian... Read more

Burned car in the center of city after unrest in Odesa, Ukraine.

Archbishop makes plea to remember Ukraine’s ‘silent and forgotten war’

Aug 9, 2018

By Courtney Mares

Four years of fighting in eastern Ukraine have led to “the biggest humanitarian crisis on the European continent since the... Read more

Protestors take refuge and pray for peace in one of two tent-chapels on Maidan Square in Kiev.

As Ukraine conflict continues, Christians seek unity and peace

Sep 3, 2016

By Andrea Gagliarducci

To overcome conflicts, to fight hatred with goodness, to make Ukraine a free and European country: these are the tasks... Read more

Ukrainian refugee.

Vatican envoy: Ukrainian refugees just want to go back home

May 3, 2016

By Andrea Gagliarducci

“I want to go back home.” This is the most common phrase uttered by internally displaced persons in Ukraine, says... Read more

Dr. Geraldine Kelley, a translator of entries in the

The USSR's Catholic martyrs suffered, but they suffered for God

Oct 22, 2014

By Kevin J. Jones

Catholic victims of the Soviet Union’s cruel anti-Christian persecutions faced execution, exile and arbitrary imprisonment for their faith – and... Read more

A Greek Catholic chapel set up in Kyiv's Maidan Square during protests in February, 2014.

Russian expansion endangers Catholics in Ukraine, nuncio warns

Sep 29, 2014

The apostolic nuncio to Ukraine has urged efforts to support Catholics in the nation, warning that Russia’s expansion into the... Read more

His Beatitude Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk (Center) participates in Pope Francis' Wednesday general audience on Nov. 27, 2013

Ukrainian archbishop calls for peace amid violent protests

Jan 21, 2014

By Elise Harris

In wake of increasing violence due to ongoing political protests, Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk is petitioning his countrymen to pray... Read more

Two women pray at a religious icon outside the Ukrainian parliament on December 12, 2013 in Kiev, Ukraine.

Ukrainian Catholics decry violence against protesters

Dec 13, 2013

Catholic leaders in Ukraine say they are “profoundly disturbed” by the government's use of security forces to break up a... Read more