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 is interviewed by Lorena Bianchetti at the Vatican.

Good Friday 2022: Pope Francis says ‘world has chosen the path of Cain’

Apr 15, 2022

By CNA Staff

‘War is everywhere,’ he told interviewer Lorena Bianchetti. Read more

Bishop Kenneth Nowakowski, the Eparchial Bishop of the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of the Holy Family of London, England.

How the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church spread worldwide

Apr 15, 2022

By Andrea Gagliarducci

In 1946, the Church’s very existence was threatened. Today, it is thriving worldwide. Read more

Pilgrims participate in the Good Friday Via Crucis with Pope Francis March 30, 2018.

Ukrainian suffering makes Rome's Via Crucis format 'incomprehensible', bishop says

Apr 14, 2022

By Kevin J. Jones

Another Ukrainian bishop has voiced concern about the incorporation of both Russian and Ukrainian families into Pope Francis’ Way of... Read more

Pope Francis admires an Easter basket with Supreme Knight Patrick Kelly and his family at the Vatican, April 11, 2022.

With pope’s blessing, Knights of Columbus to give 10,000 Easter care packages to Ukraine war victims

Apr 13, 2022

By Courtney Mares

‘Our efforts in Ukraine and Poland have only just begun,’ said Supreme Knight Patrick Kelly. Read more

The aftermath of the Russian occupation of Bucha, Ukraine.

European church leaders ask Putin and Zelenskyy for Easter ceasefire

Apr 13, 2022

By CNA Staff

‘We respectfully request you to declare a ceasefire in Ukraine from midnight on April 17,’ they wrote. Read more

Archbishop Visvaldas Kulbokas, the apostolic nuncio to Ukraine.

Why the pope’s representative in Kyiv is fighting ‘fake news’

Apr 13, 2022

By Andrea Gagliarducci

The nunciature denied claims that Vladimir Putin has accounts at the ‘Vatican bank.’ Read more

Pope Francis, pictured on July 30, 2016.

Here’s what Pope Francis says about World War III in a new book

Apr 13, 2022

By Courtney Mares

‘And so, step by step, we are moving towards catastrophe,’ the pope writes. Read more

A Caritas-Spes worker brings aid to people near Kyiv, Ukraine.

‘Our hands have become like wings’: Catholic charity workers bring aid to Kyiv region

Apr 13, 2022

By CNA Staff

Caritas-Spes distributed five tonnes of food in recently liberated areas. Read more

Volunteers create Sacred Heart of Jesus badges to be sent to Ukraine.

Spaniards send Sacred Heart badges to Ukraine's soldiers

Apr 12, 2022

By ACI Prensa

The Diocese of Getafe, in collaboration with the Shrine of the Great Promise in Valladolid, has made 10,000 Sacred Heart... Read more

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Pope Francis: 'Speak out forcefully' against 'abominable actions' in Ukraine

Apr 12, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

In a message to participants in an interreligious pilgrimage to Ukraine, Pope Francis said “the present moment leaves us deeply... Read more

Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk records a video message on March 30, 2022.

‘An untimely idea’: Ukrainian Catholic leader concerned by format of Pope’s Good Friday Via Crucis

Apr 12, 2022

By CNA Staff

Major Archbishop Shevchuk addressed the plan for Ukrainian and Russian families to carry a cross together. Read more

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, president of Caritas Internationalis, at the Vatican on Oct. 21, 2021.

Cardinal Tagle laments killing of Caritas workers in Mariupol

Apr 12, 2022

By CNA Staff

‘We honor the sacrifice of humanitarian workers by praying for them and their families,’ he said. Read more

The office of Caritas Mariupol in Ukraine.

7 people killed at Caritas office in besieged city of Mariupol

Apr 11, 2022

By CNA Staff

Two female staff members of Caritas Mariupol were said to be among the dead. Read more

The damaged statue of Our Lady of Fatima at the Major Theological Seminary of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Vorzel, Ukraine.

‘A blow from the devil’: Shattered Fatima statue found in Ukrainian Catholic seminary occupied by Russians

Apr 11, 2022

By CNA Staff

‘This affair struck me as very unusual,’ said seminary rector Father Ruslan Mikhalkiv. Read more

Pope Francis prays the Stations of the Cross at the Colosseum in Rome, Italy, on Good Friday, April 14, 2017.

Ukrainian and Russian families to carry cross at pope’s Good Friday Via Crucis

Apr 11, 2022

By Courtney Mares

The two families will carry a wooden cross together for the 13th station in the Colosseum. Read more

Pope Francis on Palm Sunday 2022

Pope Francis calls for an 'Easter truce' in Ukraine on Palm Sunday 2022

Apr 10, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

“Let the weapons be put down. Let the Easter truce begin,” Pope Francis urged. Read more

Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk prays on April 7, 2022, for Ukrainians killed by Russian forces in Bucha.

Ukrainian Catholic leader prays at mass grave in Bucha

Apr 8, 2022

By CNA Staff

‘Seeing the mutilated, breathless bodies, we prayed for their eternal rest,’ Major Archbishop Shevchuk said. Read more

Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin talks to EWTN Vatican correspondent Colm Flynn on March 19, 2022.

Cardinal Parolin: Ukraine has the right to defend itself, but arms shipments could cause ‘terrible’ escalation

Apr 7, 2022

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s secretary of state, discussed the Holy See's diplomatic efforts to stop the fighting in Ukraine... Read more

Pope Francis holds up a flag which he said was brought to him from “the martyred city” of Bucha, Ukraine at his general audience on April 6, 2022.

Pope Francis: Blood of Bucha victims ‘cries out to heaven’ for end to Ukraine war

Apr 6, 2022

By Courtney Mares

The pope held up a blue and yellow flag which he said was brought to him from “the martyred city”... Read more

Pope Francis and Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk.

Major archbishop hopes Pope Francis will visit Kyiv ‘as soon as possible’

Apr 4, 2022

By CNA Staff

The pope has said that a visit is “on the table.” Read more