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 at the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima in Portugal on May 12, 2017.

Pope Francis asks all Catholics to take part in consecration of Russia, Ukraine to Immaculate Heart of Mary

Mar 23, 2022

By Courtney Mares

‘I ask you to join in this act by inviting the priests, religious and faithful to assemble in their churches... Read more

An image of the Immaculate Heart of Mary at St. Peter's Church, Vienna, Austria. | Pope Francis

Vatican releases text for March 25 consecration prayer for Ukraine, Russia

Mar 22, 2022

By CNA Staff

The Vatican has sent bishops around the world the text of the prayer that Pope Francis will lead on March... Read more

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

Catholic parishes in Ukraine have become ‘humanitarian hubs,’ major archbishop says

Mar 22, 2022

By Courtney Mares

‘May the war stop! May the Lord God bless our land,’ said Major Archbishop Shevchuk. Read more

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

Cardinal Parolin urges negotiation to find a ‘win-win solution’ to war in Ukraine

Mar 22, 2022

By Courtney Mares

‘The message of the Holy See, of the Holy Father, is to stop the war,’ the Vatican Secretary of State... Read more

A Caritas Poland ‘Tent of Hope’ in Krościenko, southern Poland.

Poland’s Catholics dig deep to help Ukrainian refugees

Mar 22, 2022

By CNA Staff

Catholics have donated record sums to Caritas Poland, the country’s largest charity. Read more

Pope Francis and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

In new phone call, Ukraine’s President Zelenskyy tells Pope Francis he would welcome Vatican mediation

Mar 22, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

The Ukrainian president said he told the pope about ‘the blocking of rescue corridors by Russian troops.’ Read more

Children shelter in a basement in Mariupol, southeastern Ukraine, amid Russian bombardment on March 5, 2022.

Ukrainian Catholic leader accuses Russia of ‘genocide’ in besieged city of Mariupol

Mar 21, 2022

By CNA Staff

Major Archbishop Shevchuk said: ‘People are dying not only from enemy weapons but also from hatred.’ Read more

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI in a 2021 file photo.

Will Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI join in the consecration of Russia and Ukraine? Here's the answer

Mar 20, 2022

By CNA Staff

Pope Francis has invited the bishops of the world to join him in praying for the consecration of Russia and... Read more

A group of people in St. Peter's Square hold a Ukrainian flag during Pope Francis' Angelus on Sunday, March 20, in Vatican City.

Pope Francis pleads for an end to 'abhorrent' war in Ukraine

Mar 20, 2022

By Shannon Mullen

Pope Francis continued to call for an end to the war in Ukraine Sunday, calling the violence against innocent Ukrainians... Read more

This photograph taken on March 18, 2022 shows smoke rising after an explosion in Kyiv. - Authorities in Kyiv said one person was killed early on March 18, 2022 when a downed Russian rocket struck a residential building in the capital's northern suburbs. They said a school and playground were also hit.

Could Pope Francis visit Ukraine? Here’s what his representative in Kyiv said

Mar 18, 2022

By Joe Bukuras

Archbishop Visvaldas Kulbokas spoke to EWTN's Raymond Arroyo about the hardships and hopes of Ukrainians trapped in Kyiv. Read more

Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk.

‘Ukraine is fighting,’ says Catholic leader after war enters 4th week

Mar 18, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

Major Archbishop Shevchuk called for prayers for Ukraine’s medical workers. Read more

Refugees wait for trains at Lviv railway station in western Ukraine.

Catholics in Ireland hope to host Ukrainian refugees

Mar 18, 2022

By Courtney Mares

‘We want to be able to open our doors and welcome them as much as possible,’ said Archbishop Martin. Read more

Pope Francis prays at the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fatima in Portugal on May 12, 2017.

Vatican confirms Pope Francis is inviting world’s bishops to join in Ukraine-Russia consecration

Mar 18, 2022

By CNA Staff

The pope is asking the bishops ‘to join him in praying for peace and in consecrating and entrusting Russia and... Read more

Pope Francis at the general audience in Paul VI Hall on March 16, 2022.

Pope Francis to Europe’s Catholic bishops: The blood of Ukrainian children stirs our consciences

Mar 18, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

‘We would never have thought to see such scenes again,’ the pope said. Read more

An image of the Immaculate Heart of Mary at St. Peter's Church, Vienna, Austria.

Catholic bishops of England and Wales to join Pope Francis in Ukraine-Russia consecration

Mar 18, 2022

By CNA Staff

‘I have been touched by the Holy Father’s initiative,’ said Bishop Mark O’Toole. Read more

Pope Francis talks to young people in St. Peter’s Basilica on March 15, 2022.

Pope Francis invites Catholic bishops worldwide to join him in consecrating Russia, Ukraine

Mar 17, 2022

By Alejandro Bermudez

In a letter sent urgently on Mar. 17 to all U.S. Bishops, the Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, Archbishop... Read more

A girl praying at the Basilica del Santo Niño in Cebu, Philippines in 2019.

Fearful of world war, Philippines' bishops to join Pope Francis’ consecration of Russia and Ukraine

Mar 17, 2022

By Kevin J. Jones

Voicing concern that the far-away conflict in Europe will have consequences in Asia, the Catholic bishops of the Philippines, one... Read more

Our Lady of Fatima.

Our Lady of Fatima pilgrim statue arrives in Ukraine prior to March 25 consecration

Mar 17, 2022

By Katie Yoder

A special statue of Our Lady of Fatima has arrived in Ukraine, ahead of Pope Francis’ consecration of the country... Read more

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Knights of Columbus urges members to join novena for Ukraine and Russia

Mar 17, 2022

By CNA Staff

Supreme Knight Patrick Kelly of the Knights of Columbus has called on his fellow knights to join in a nine-day... Read more

Our Lady of Fatima.

Which novena to pray for Ukraine? Here are some really good ones

Mar 17, 2022

By CNA Staff

Catholics worldwide are eager to join in this special time of prayer for peace in Ukraine. But many are asking:... Read more