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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Pope Francis meets with Ukrainian Greek Catholic leaders at the Vatican July 5, 2019.

Pope Francis tells Ukrainian Catholic leaders to persevere in hope amid Donbas conflict

Jul 6, 2019

By Courtney Mares

One day following his private audience with Vladimir Putin, Pope Francis met Friday with leaders of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic... Read more

Burned car in the center of city after unrest in Odesa, Ukraine.

How 'Pope for Ukraine' aims to help displaced families

Jan 3, 2019

By Andrea Gagliarducci

“Pope for Ukraine” is a Vatican initiative that aims to collaborate with non-Catholic entities to respond to the emergency humanitarian... Read more

Burned car in the center of city after unrest in Odesa, Ukraine.

Archbishop makes plea to remember Ukraine’s ‘silent and forgotten war’

Aug 9, 2018

By Courtney Mares

Four years of fighting in eastern Ukraine have led to “the biggest humanitarian crisis on the European continent since the... Read more

Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, the Prefect of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches and Grand Chancellor of the Pontifical Oriental Institute, on Sept. 17, 2015.

In Ukraine, Cardinal Sandri says there's hope for the future

Jul 13, 2017

Shortly after Pope Francis donated money to help those suffering from Ukraine's ongoing conflict, Cardinal Leonardo Sandri arrived in the... Read more

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

Pope donates 6 million euro to Ukraine relief efforts for Christmas

Dec 23, 2016

By Elise Harris

After taking up a collection earlier this year to aid families affected by the ongoing crisis in Eastern Ukraine, Pope... Read more

Pope Francis greets Ukrainian pilgrims at the General Audience in the Vatican's Paul VI Hall, Aug. 19, 2015.

Traveling display notes struggle, hope of displaced Ukrainians

Dec 13, 2016

By Hannah Brockhaus

A traveling exhibit currently set up in Rome’s St. Silvester Square highlights the difficulties – as well as the strength,... Read more

His Beatitude Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk at the Vatican.

Archbishop Shevchuk on the 'silent war' no one cares about

May 29, 2016

By Elise Harris

It's a conflict that's been raging in Ukraine for two years, costing thousands of lives and displacing millions of people.... Read more

Pope Francis gives the Angelus address in St. Peter's Square August 9, 2015.

Pope calls for peace in Ukraine ahead of Independence Day

Aug 23, 2015

By Ann Schneible

On Sunday the Holy Father renewed his appeal for peace in Ukraine as the nation faces ongoing cease-fire violations in... Read more

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

As conflict rages on, Ukrainian troops make a pilgrimage for peace

May 29, 2015

By Elise Harris

Members of the Ukrainian army recently traveled to Lourdes, France for an international military pilgrimage aimed at promoting peace –... Read more

Ukrainian soldiers drive tanks along the road leading out of Debaltseve Feb. 19, 2015 in Artemivsk, Ukraine.

Ukranian bishop meets with Pope Francis as country's crisis rages on

Feb 20, 2015

By Elise Harris

After meeting with Pope Francis during their ad limina visit to Rome, one of Ukraine's bishops said the country faces... Read more

Pope Francis prays at the general audience in Saint Peter's Square on Sept. 25, 2013.

Pope laments loss of innocent life in Malaysian plane crash

Jul 18, 2014

By Elise Harris

Following the crash of a Malaysian passenger plane in eastern Ukraine yesterday, Pope Francis has offered prayers for the victims,... Read more