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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Cardinal Kurt Koch

Cardinal Koch: Week of Prayer for Christian Unity a time to pray for peace in Ukraine

Jan 19, 2023

By Courtney Mares

The president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity said he is praying this week that “we can re-find... Read more

Archbishop Broglio blesses Sashko Lenevych, a lieutenant in the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

Archbishop Broglio visits Ukraine, promises American solidarity

Jan 3, 2023

By Peter Pinedo

Archbishop Timothy Broglio, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, offered messages of encouragement and solidarity.  Read more

Pope Francis waves to the faithful gathered on St. Peter's Square, Dec. 26, 2022

Pope Francis, renewing his prayers for peace in Ukraine, calls on Catholics to learn from the martyrs

Dec 26, 2022

By AC Wimmer

Pope Francis on Monday called on Catholics to pray for those who have harmed them — and those persecuted —... Read more

With a cane in his right hand, 86-year-old Pope Francis delivers his 10th Christmas "Urbi et Orbi" blessing on Dec. 25, 2022.

On Christmas Day, Pope Francis prays for Prince of Peace to end ‘third world war’

Dec 25, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Speaking from the central balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica on Dec. 25, the pope offered the traditional “Urbi et Orbi”... Read more

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A double Christmas for Ukrainian Christians? Orthodox Church opens a door

Dec 22, 2022

By Kevin J. Jones

Traditionally, Christmas in predominantly Orthodox Ukraine comes on Jan. 7. But some of Ukraine’s Orthodox Christians can now add Dec.... Read more

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

Pope Francis: Let us think of the Ukrainian children without heat this Christmas

Dec 21, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis has urged Catholics not to forget the many children in Ukraine this Christmas who are suffering without electricity... Read more

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

Ukrainian archbishop: ‘Many will sing Christmas carols with our soldiers’

Dec 20, 2022

By Andrea Gagliarducci

The head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church talked with a group of journalists on a recent trip to Kyiv... 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

Ukraine's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dmytro Kuleba, speaking to journalists, Dec. 9, 2022

Ukraine’s foreign minister welcomes Holy See’s offer of peace negotiations, but ‘time for it has not come yet’

Dec 10, 2022

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Every effort for peace in Ukraine coming from Pope Francis and the Holy See is welcome, Ukraine’s Foreign Minister said... Read more

The exhibition “Crucified Ukraine” showing a reproduction of an underground shelter.

CNA visited Ukraine before Christmas. This is what we found

Dec 9, 2022

By Andrea Gagliarducci

A tale of four cities and how they are coping with war as winter looms. Read more

Pope Francis with members of the group Leaders Pour la Paix at the Vatican, Dec. 2, 2022

Pope Francis: The effects of the war in Ukraine are being felt all over the world

Dec 2, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis said Friday that the war between Russia and Ukraine is an example of the “globalization of problems” with... 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

Father Ivan Levystky (left) and Father Bohdan Geleta (right)

Russian troops capture two Ukrainian Greek Catholic priests and accuse them of ‘subversion’

Nov 28, 2022

By CNA Staff

The Donetsk Exarchate denied the accusations, calling the detention “unfounded and illegal,” and demanded the prompt release of the clerics. Read more

Pope Francis holds a flag that he received from Bucha, Ukraine at his general audience on April 6, 2022.

‘Your pain is my pain’: Pope Francis pens letter marking 9 months of war in Ukraine

Nov 25, 2022

By Courtney Mares

In an emotional letter addressed to the people of Ukraine, Pope Francis wrote that he sees the cross of Christ... Read more

Archbishop Claudio Gugerotti with Pope Francis

Analysis: What is behind Pope Francis’ appointment of the new prefect for the Eastern Churches?

Nov 22, 2022

By Andrea Gagliarducci

For the role of prefect of the Dicastery for the Oriental Churches, Pope Francis has chosen Archbishop Claudio Gugerotti, who... 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

Cardinal Pietro Parolin celebrating Mass for peace in Ukraine on Thursday in the Basilica of St. Mary Major in Rome, Nov. 17, 2022

‘We lift our prayers to God for peace in Ukraine’: Vatican Mass marks Ukraine-Holy See diplomatic relationship

Nov 18, 2022

By Courtney Mares

The Mass marked the 30th anniversary of the restoration of diplomatic relations between the Holy See and Ukraine. 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

Salesian missions shipped food and medical supplies to Zhytomyr in war-torn Ukraine.

Food shipment feeds hundreds at parish, orphanage and school in Ukraine

Nov 16, 2022

By CNA Staff

Amid concern over new missile strikes and ongoing prayer by Pope Francis for Ukraine, hundreds in the war-torn country received... Read more

USCCB Fall Meeting 2021

10 things to look for at the U.S. bishops’ fall meeting this week

Nov 14, 2022

By Zelda Caldwell

The U.S. bishops will choose a new president and vice president and discuss their voting guide, eucharistic revival, and the... Read more