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 Matteo Maria Zuppi, archbishop of Bologna, was made a cardinal during the consistory of Oct. 5, 2019.

Vatican: Italian cardinal entrusted with Ukraine peace mission

May 20, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

Cardinal Matteo Zuppi has strong ties to the influential Sant’Egidio Community, which has helped negotiate reconciliation in countries like South... 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

Pope Francis takes questions from the media aboard the papal flight from Hungary to Rome April 30, 2023.

Pope Francis says he did not lose consciousness before hospitalization in March

Apr 30, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

Asked about his health during the in-flight press conference, the 86-year-old pope said he felt bad on March 29 and... 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


Ukraine faults Vatican for ‘equating victim and aggressor’ during Way of the Cross

Apr 10, 2023

By Jonah McKeown

A Ukraine foreign ministry spokesman criticized a Vatican decision to have the words of two young people from Ukraine and... 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

Ukrainian Greek Catholic Archbishop Borys Gudziak addresses the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C., on March 14, 2023.

National Catholic Prayer Breakfast speakers address attacks on human dignity

Mar 14, 2023

By Peter Pinedo

Addressing an audience of over 1,000, Ukrainian Greek Catholic Archbishop Borys Gudziak brought attention to the human toll of the... Read more

Pope Francis prays in St. Peter's Square on March 8, 2023.

Pope Francis says imprisonment of Nicaraguan bishop reminds him of Hitler’s dictatorship

Mar 10, 2023

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis also speaks about Russia's “imperial” agenda, his thoughts on retirement, and Benedict XVI's funeral in a new round... Read more


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


Spokesman for Russian Catholic bishops: ‘There is no foreseeable solution’ to Ukraine war

Feb 27, 2023

By Ana Paula Morales

Father Kirill Gorbunov said that “the majority of the people are suffering” and that “after a year of war [with... 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

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

‘This is how we experienced a year of war in Ukraine’

Feb 24, 2023

By Andrea Gagliarducci

What does it mean to be a Christian in times of war? This is the existential question to which Christians... 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


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 Catholic leader says focus is on providing help and hope, one year into the war

Feb 10, 2023

By Jonah McKeown

“It’s a miracle we are still alive,” Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk told reporters at a Feb. 8 news conference organized... Read more

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