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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Archbishop Grzegorz Ryś of Łódź, Poland, celebrates Mass at St. John Paul II’s tomb in St. Peter’s Basilica, Feb. 24, 2022.

PHOTOS: Polish Catholics pray for end to Ukraine conflict at St. John Paul II’s tomb

Feb 25, 2022

By CNA Staff

John Paul II was the first pope in modern times to visit Ukraine. Read more

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

Ukrainian Catholic leader says: ‘In this tragic time, all our hope is in God’

Feb 25, 2022

By CNA Staff

Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk appealed for national unity. Read more

The Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi.

Assisi to host Mass for peace in Ukraine at the tomb of St. Francis

Feb 25, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Assisi is known as ‘the city of peace.’ Read more

The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Moscow, the cathedral of the Archdiocese of the Mother of God at Moscow.

Russia’s Catholic bishops call on leaders to end conflict with Ukraine

Feb 25, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

They said they were ‘deeply shocked’ by the outbreak of full-scale war. Read more

The Jasna Góra shrine in southern Poland is providing space for Ukrainians in its pilgrim house.

How Poland’s Catholics are helping refugees fleeing Ukraine

Feb 25, 2022

By CNA Staff

Jasna Góra, Poland’s largest shrine, is providing space for Ukrainians in its pilgrim house. Read more

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Biden announces sanctions on Russia over Ukraine conflict

Feb 24, 2022

By Christine Rousselle

U.S. President Joe Biden announced that there will be new sanctions against Russia in an attempt to isolate the country... Read more

Greek-Catholic priests in phelonia in front of a church in Lviv, Ukraine, in 2018.

Catholic charity commits $1 million to aid Ukraine’s 6,229 religious

Feb 24, 2022

By Katie Yoder

Aid to the Church in Need committed one million euros (equal to $1.1 million USD) to support the work of... Read more

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US bishops urge prayer, fasting for Ukraine

Feb 24, 2022

By CNA Staff

Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles, president of the U.S. bishops’ conference, on Thursday encouraged the undertaking of prayer and... Read more

Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk, head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, meets Pope Francis, Nov. 11, 2021.

Ukraine archbishop skipping papal trip to remain in homeland

Feb 24, 2022

By Katie Yoder

Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk of Kyiv-Halych remained in the capital city of Kyiv instead of traveling to Florence for a... Read more

Father Oleksandr Zelinskyi, the director general of EWTN Ukraine

‘Our life is in God’s hands,’ says EWTN priest in Ukraine

Feb 24, 2022

By Katie Yoder

The Catholic priest who directs EWTN Ukraine plans to stay in the capital city of Kyiv while others flee to... Read more

Prayer candle at a Military Chaplaincy in Ukraine. Photo Courtesy of Aid to the Church in Need.

Things to know about the Catholic Church in Ukraine

Feb 24, 2022

By CNA Staff

Though most of Ukraine's population is Eastern Orthodox, Catholics are among those suffering amid Russia's invasion of the country. Russian... Read more

Caritas Internationalis homepage.

Caritas launches Ukraine fund drive, warning of a 'colossal humanitarian catastrophe'

Feb 24, 2022

By Christine Rousselle

Caritas Internationalis launched an emergency appeal to provide relief to Ukraine after Russia invaded the country on Thursday, Feb. 24.  Read more

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Polish bishops 'strongly' condemn Russian invasion of Ukraine

Feb 24, 2022

By CNA Staff

The Polish Bishops' Conference is responding to Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Conference president and Archbishop Stanislaw Gądecki of Poznan, conference... Read more

Cardinal Pietro Parolin.

Vatican laments ‘tragic’ invasion of Ukraine by Russia

Feb 24, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

“The tragic scenes which everyone feared are unfortunately becoming reality,” Cardinal Parolin said on Thursday. Read more

Pope Francis is calling for prayers for a peaceful resolution to the crisis in Ukraine.

Catholics in Europe react to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

Feb 24, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Catholics across Europe have reacted to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine with expressions of solidarity with the Ukrainian people and prayers... Read more

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

Ukraine major archbishop responds to Russian invasion: ‘The Lord is with us’

Feb 24, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

“We believe that in this historic moment the Lord is with us,” Ukrainian Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk said on Thursday. Read more

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, leader of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church.

Major archbishop: Russia’s east Ukraine move places ‘all of humanity’ in danger

Feb 23, 2022

By CNA Staff

‘Irreparable damage has been done to the very logic of international relations,’ he said. Read more

Pope Francis’ general audience in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, Feb. 23, 2022.

Ukraine crisis: Pope Francis calls for global day of fasting for peace on Ash Wednesday

Feb 23, 2022

By Courtney Mares

The pope called for people to pray and fast for peace in Ukraine on March 2, Ash Wednesday. Read more