Ukraine War

The Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a full-scale invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24, 2022. The Russian offensive triggered the largest refugee crisis since the Second World War. Thousands of people, including many civilians, have died in the war amid heavy fighting in the north, east, and south of Ukraine. The country is home to the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, the largest of the 23 Eastern Catholic Churches in communion with Rome. Pope Francis has said that the Vatican is willing to mediate an end to the conflict between the predominantly Eastern Orthodox nations.

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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 delivers his Sunday Angelus message to about 20,000 faithful in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on Oct. 22, 2023.

Pope Francis at Sunday Angelus: ‘We must not be slaves to any earthly power’

Oct 22, 2023

By Matthew Santucci

During Sunday’s Angelus, Pope Francis spoke to the faithful on the importance of the correct relationship between the Church and... Read more

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy speaks during a high level Security Council meeting on the situation in Ukraine on the sidelines of the 78th U.N. General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in New York City on Sept. 20, 2023.

More Republicans hesitant on Ukraine funding as Zelenskyy talks to lawmakers, UN

Sep 20, 2023

By Tyler Arnold

A number of legislators are expressing reservations about sending more aid to Ukraine as President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is making his... Read more

Black smoke billows over the city after drone strikes in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv on Sept. 19, 2023, amid Russia's military invasion on Ukraine. Drones attacked Ukraine's western city of Lviv early on Sept. 19, and explosions rang out, causing a warehouse fire and wounding at least one person.

Vatican cardinal to make charity mission to Ukraine city hit by Russian drones

Sep 20, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

Cardinal Konrad Krajewski is in Ukraine this week to open the House of Refuge “in the name of Pope Francis,... Read more

Pope Francis meets with Russia’s new ambassador to the Vatican Ivan Soltanovsky on Sept. 18, 2023, at the Vatican.

Pope Francis meets with new Russian ambassador to the Vatican

Sep 18, 2023

By Jonah McKeown

The meeting comes days after papal envoy Cardinal Matteo Zuppi visited Beijing to discuss efforts to bring about peace in... Read more

Cardinal Matteo Zuppi of Bologna, Italy.

Cardinal Zuppi meets with Chinese official to discuss peace in Ukraine

Sep 15, 2023

By Tyler Arnold

Cardinal Matteo Zuppi met with Chinese Special Representative for Eurasian Affairs Li Hui at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Read more

Queen Mathilde of Belgium is one of only a few women in the world who can wear white, rather than the customary black, when meeting the pope for an official private audience at the Vatican. She arrived at the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace with her husband, King Philippe of the Belgians, on Sept. 14, 2023, wearing a white mantilla veil and a white dress.

Why the Queen of Belgium can wear white when meeting the pope

Sep 14, 2023

By Courtney Mares

She has the “privilège du blanc,” a papal privilege currently granted only to Catholic royalty from Spain, Luxembourg, Belgium, Monaco,... Read more

Pope Francis and Cardinal Matteo Zuppi at the Vatican on Aug. 24, 2023.

Cardinal Zuppi heading to Beijing to discuss peace efforts in Ukraine

Sep 12, 2023

By Courtney Mares

Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni confirmed on Tuesday that the cardinal will be in the Chinese capital as the pope’s peace... Read more

Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk, the leader of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, presides over a Divine Liturgy in St. Peter’s Basilica on Sept. 10, 2023.

Ukrainian Catholic leader offers Divine Liturgy in St. Peter’s Basilica

Sep 11, 2023

By Courtney Mares

Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk said Sept. 10 that he wanted to express gratitude to the pope and Catholics everywhere for... Read more

Pope Francis and Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk.

Vatican reassures Ukrainian Catholics that pope did not intend to praise Russian imperialism

Aug 29, 2023

By Alexey Gotovskiy, Courtney Mares

Pope Francis made the comment while speaking off the cuff during a live video conference with Russian youth Aug. 25.  Read more

Pope Francis meets with Hungary President Katalin Novák at the Vatican on Aug. 25, 2023.

Pope Francis discusses family values, Ukraine war with Hungarian president

Aug 25, 2023

By Courtney Mares

In the 45-minute meeting on Aug. 25, the pope and Novák spoke about the humanitarian situation in Ukraine and efforts... Read more

Marina Aleykseyeva, 31, from Kiev, Ukraine, (second from left with a pink baseball cap), together with fellow pilgrims from Ukraine, attended World Youth Day in Lisbon, Portugal, Aug. 1–6, 2023. She said they traveled to the international gathering to pray for peace in their country.

Ukrainian Catholics receive warm reception at World Youth Day 2023 in Lisbon

Aug 16, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

Marina Aleykseyeva, a Ukrainian pilgrim, said “it was unbelievable” how many people stopped them on the streets to say they... Read more

Pope Francis addresses reporters on Aug. 6, 2023 aboard the papal flight on his return to Rome from his five-day trip to Portugal and World Youth Day.

Pope Francis explains why he skipped Fatima prayer for peace

During his in-flight press conference, the pope also spoke about his health, youth suicide, and access to the sacraments. Read more

Pope Francis sits quietly during a meeting with students at the Portuguese Catholic University in Lisbon, Portugal, on Aug. 3, 2023.

Pope Francis confirms Vatican envoy’s visit to China in wide-ranging interview

Aug 4, 2023

By Jonathan Liedl

The pope also addressed “rigidity” in the Church and concerns about the Synod on Synodality. Read more

Pope Francis addresses the crowd in St. Peter’s Square in his Sunday Angelus on July 16, 2023.

Pope Francis calls Russia to renew Ukraine grain deal

Jul 30, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

“I appeal to my brothers, the authorities of the Russian Federation, that the Black Sea Initiative be restored and grain... 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

President of the Italian Bishops' Conference Cardinal Matteo Maria Zuppi (center) attends the consistory for the creation of new cardinals at St. Peter's Basilica on Aug. 27, 2022, in Vatican City.

Cardinal Zuppi to meet with President Biden to discuss Ukraine

Jul 17, 2023

By Jonathan Liedl

The visit to Washington comes weeks after the Biden administration announced it would send controversial “cluster bombs” to Ukraine. Read more

Cluster bomb.

Bishop expresses ‘moral concern’ over U.S. provision of cluster munitions to Ukraine

Jul 14, 2023

By Daniel Payne

The Defense Department announced last week it would be sending “additional security assistance to meet Ukraine’s critical security and defense... Read more

A photograph taken on July 3, 2022 shows an tail section of a 300mm rocket which appear to contained cluster bombs launched from a BM-30 Smerch multiple rocket launcher embedded in the ground after shelling in Kramatorsk, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Biden administration to send cluster bombs to Ukraine: What has the Church said?

Jul 7, 2023

By Peter Pinedo

Cluster bombs are mass casualty arms that present a grave threat to civilians both because of their large impact area... 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