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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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

His Beatitude Sviatoslav Shevchuk.

Major Archbishop Shevchuk denounces ‘genocidal‘ war in Ukraine

Nov 14, 2022

By Andrea Gagliarducci

The leader of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church shares his thoughts on his recent meetings with Pope Francis, Pope Emeritus... Read more

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

Ukrainian Catholic leader gives Pope Francis Russian mine fragment

Nov 7, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

The leader of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church gave Pope Francis a piece from an exploded Russian mine during a... Read more

Vladimir Putin / Credit: Flickr from Global Panorama (CC BY-SA 2.0)  Pope Francis / Daniel Ibañez, ACI Press

Russia is ‘willing’ to speak with Pope Francis about the war in Ukraine

Oct 26, 2022

By CNA Staff

Russian presidential spokesman Dmitri Peskov said his government is willing to talk with Pope Francis, the U.S., and France to... Read more

Pope Francis and Emmanuel Macron at the Vatican, Oct 24, 2022

Pope Francis meets French President Emmanuel Macron

Oct 24, 2022

By AC Wimmer

Pope Francis received French President Emmanuel Macron at the Vatican on Monday. Read more

Pope Francis meeting with Jesuits in Kazakhstan, Sept. 15, 2022

Pope Francis says that he tried to help Ukraine, Russia prisoner swap

Sep 29, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis has said that he was involved in a prisoner swap between Russia and Ukraine. Read more

Catholics in Poland pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet, Sept. 28, 2022

Catholics in Poland and around the world pray Divine Mercy Chaplet to end war

Sep 29, 2022

By Justyna Galant

On Wednesday, Catholics recited the Divine Mercy Chaplet in the streets of 173 cities in Poland and 44 localities worldwide.  Read more

General audience with Pope Francis on St. Peter's Square, Vatican, Sept. 21, 2022

Pope Francis: ‘The cross of Christ remains the anchor of salvation’

Sep 21, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis on Wednesday said that offering Mass for the feast of the Holy Cross led him to think about... Read more

Papal almoner Cardinal Konrad Krajewski, pictured in St. Peter’s Basilica on June 29, 2019.

Cardinal Konrad Krajewski prays at mass grave in Ukraine

Sep 20, 2022

By Courtney Mares

A Vatican envoy in Ukraine prayed in silence at the recently discovered mass grave in Izium on Monday while forensic... Read more