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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The damaged diocesan chancery in Kharkiv, northeastern Ukraine.

Ukraine conflict: Bomb hits Catholic diocese’s headquarters in besieged city

Mar 1, 2022

By CNA Staff

Forty people were sheltering in the basement, but no injuries were reported. Read more

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Hackers interrupt Catholic charity’s online press conference on Ukraine

Mar 1, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Speakers were drowned out by a stream of obscenities. Read more

Bishop Pavlo Honcharuk, Latin Rite bishop of Kharkiv-Zaporizhia, Ukraine.

Ukrainian Catholic bishop is sheltering with Orthodox counterpart in besieged city, says charity

Mar 1, 2022

By CNA Staff

‘I wish for this war to end as quickly as possible,’ Bishop Pavlo Honcharuk said. Read more

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Dozens of headstones overturned at Ukrainian Catholic cemetery near Baltimore

Mar 1, 2022

By Joe Bukuras

The day before Russia invaded Ukraine last week, about 49 headstones at a Ukrainian Catholic cemetery in the outskirts of... Read more

Cardinal George Pell gives an interview to EWTN News in Rome, Italy, on Dec. 9, 2020. Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

Cardinal Pell condemns ‘illegal and ferocious Russian invasion’ in letter to Ukrainian Catholic leader

Mar 1, 2022

By CNA Staff

The Australian cardinal said he regretted the ‘absence of support’ for Ukrainians. Read more

Refugees from Ukraine arrive at Przemyśl Główny train station in eastern Poland.

Polish Catholic archbishop greets Ukrainian refugees arriving at train station as humanitarian crisis grows

Feb 28, 2022

By CNA Staff

Archbishop Adam Szal assured the new arrivals of his prayers for peace in their homeland. Read more

Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk records a video message on Feb. 28, 2022.

Ukrainian Catholic leader: ‘May dialogue and diplomacy conquer war’

Feb 28, 2022

By CNA Staff

Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk sent a video message from the Ukrainian capital Kyiv. Read more

Religious sisters in Ukraine deliver supplies from Caritas.

‘They pray all day long’: How religious sisters are helping people in need amid the Ukraine conflict

Feb 28, 2022

By CNA Staff

Sisters in Kyiv are caring for around 100 people sheltering in a church basement. Read more

Cardinal Pietro Parolin speaks in a Vatican News interview published Nov. 30, 2021.

Vatican cardinal: ‘There is still room for negotiation’ to end Ukraine conflict

Feb 28, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

Cardinal Pietro Parolin said the Vatican was ready to help Russia and Ukraine resume the path of dialogue. Read more

Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles.

Archbishop Gomez offers prayers in message to Los Angeles' Ukrainian Catholic community

Feb 27, 2022

By CNA Staff

Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles wrote Sunday to the city’s Ukrainian Catholic parish, assuring them of his solidarity and... Read more

Pope Francis delivers his Angelus address at the Vatican, Feb. 27, 2022.

Pope Francis appeals for end to ‘tragic’ Ukraine conflict

Feb 27, 2022

By CNA Staff

He called for the opening of humanitarian corridors. Read more

Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk records a video message on Feb. 27, 2022.

Ukrainian Catholic leader in Kyiv: Priests will celebrate Sunday liturgies in bomb shelters

Feb 27, 2022

By CNA Staff

Kyiv residents are unable to go to church because of a government-mandated curfew. Read more

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Pope Francis expresses sorrow in phone call to Ukrainian President Zelenskyy

Feb 26, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

The Ukrainian Embassy to the Holy See announced the news on Twitter. Read more

Ukrainian women with children are helped to carry their bags by a Polish border guard as Ukrainian refugees cross the border from Ukraine to Poland at the Korczowa-Krakovets border crossing, Poland, on February 26, 2022, following the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Knights of Columbus aims to raise $2m for Ukrainian refugees

Feb 26, 2022

By CNA Staff

The Knights of Columbus announced Friday it is giving $1 million for Ukrainian refugees fleeing Russia’s invasion. More than 50,000... Read more

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

Ukrainian Catholic leader: ‘No one has the right to stay silent’

Feb 26, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

“Today I ask everyone who will listen to us, everyone who will hear our voice from our bleeding Kyiv: fight... Read more

Pope Francis and Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk, head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church.

Pope Francis to Ukrainian Catholic leader: ‘I will do everything I can’ to help end conflict

Feb 25, 2022

By CNA Staff

The pope assured Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk of his closeness, support, and prayers for Ukraine. Read more

Evening prayer at Rome’s Cathedral Church of Saints Sergius and Bacchus on Feb. 25, 2022.

Ukraine conflict: Catholics in Rome pray for peace

Feb 25, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

The small Cathedral Church of Saints Sergius and Bacchus was filled to overflowing. Read more

A scene from the EWTN movie, "To Believe."

EWTN’s new movie chronicles true stories of Ukrainian persecution

Feb 25, 2022

By CNA Staff

Viewers who want to know what life is really like after a Communist invasion need look no further than EWTN’s... Read more

Archbishop Borys Gudziak during the Divine Liturgy of his enthronement as Ukrainian Archbishop of Philadelphia. Photo courtesy of the Archeparchy of Philadelphia.

Russia’s invasion ‘will probably call for martyrdom,’ leader of US Ukrainian Catholics warns

Feb 25, 2022

By Joe Bukuras

Reacting to the rapid pace of developments on the first day of Russia’s attack, Archbishop Borys Gudziak said the “unthinkable... Read more

Ukrainian Catholic University students took shelter after air raid alarm sounded in Lviv, Ukraine on the morning of Feb. 25, 2022.

Ukrainian Catholic University students take shelter as air raid sirens sound

Feb 25, 2022

By Courtney Mares

‘Our spirit remains strong,’ said the university’s rector. Read more