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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Cardinal Michael Czerny takes possession of his titular church of San Michele Arcangelo in Rome, Jan. 19, 2020.

Vatican cardinal to make 2nd visit to Ukraine border at Pope Francis’ request

Mar 14, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

Cardinal Michael Czerny will travel to the Ukraine-Slovakia frontier. Read more

The aftermath of Russian bombing on the outskirts of Irpin, northern Ukraine.

Expel ‘evil spirit of war’ from Ukraine with prayer and fasting, urges Catholic leader

Mar 14, 2022

By CNA Staff

The appeal was made by Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk. Read more

Banner calling for the consecration of Russia is displayed during Pope Francis' Angelus in St. Peter's Square on March 13, 2022.

Pope Francis: In the name of God, 'stop this massacre' in Ukraine

Mar 13, 2022

By Jonah McKeown

Pope Francis called for an end to the “harrowing war” in Ukraine on Sunday, condemning Russia's reported attacks on pregnant... Read more

The ruined Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin, built in 1862, in Ukraine’s Zhytomyr region.

LA Archdiocese announces special collection for those suffering in Ukraine

Mar 12, 2022

By CNA Staff

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles has asked parishes to add a special collection during the weekends of March 12-13 and... Read more

Papal almoner Cardinal Konrad Krajewski.

Papal almoner to head east ‘as far as possible’ on Ukraine trip

Mar 11, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

‘Faith can move mountains, let alone a stupid war,’ Cardinal Krajewski said. Read more

Civilians are evacuated from Irpin, a city next to the Ukrainian capital Kyiv.

Russian invasion turning into war against civilians, says Ukrainian Catholic leader

Mar 11, 2022

By CNA Staff

Citing official statistics, Major Archbishop Shevchuk said there were more deaths among civilians than the military. Read more

Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich and Patriarch Kirill of Moscow.

EU bishops implore Russian Orthodox patriarch to intervene in Ukraine conflict

Mar 11, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

Patriarch Kirill is primate of the Russian Orthodox Church, an autocephalous Eastern Orthodox Church with an estimated 150 million members. Read more

Our Lady of Fatima.

Our Lady of Fatima shrines asked to join in prayer for conversion of Russia

Mar 11, 2022

By CNA Staff

The appeal was made by the rector of Ukraine’s Sanctuary of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Fatima. Read more

Cardinal Michael Czerny at the Vatican press office on Feb. 12, 2020.

At Ukraine border, papal envoy denounces hospital bombing

Mar 10, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

‘We must stop these attacks on civilians,’ Cardinal Czerny said. Read more

Russian Orthodox leader Metropolitan Hilarion speaks at the International Eucharistic Congress in Budapest, Hungary, Sept. 6, 2021.

Ukraine war: Metropolitan Hilarion suspended from post at Swiss university

Mar 10, 2022

By CNA Staff

Metropolitan Hilarion is one of the most prominent figures in the Russian Orthodox Church. Read more

Volunteer drivers in Ukraine, working with the Vulnerable People Project evacuate vulnerable populations from war-torn areas of Ukraine.

Catholic charity helping Christians flee Taliban is now active in Ukraine

Mar 10, 2022

By Joe Bukuras

Jason Jones' Vulnerable People Project has helped Christians and other minorities escape the Taliban in Afghanistan since U.S. forces pulled... Read more

Mariupol, southeastern Ukraine.

Ukraine's ‘City of Mary’ has been turned into a cemetery, says Catholic leader

Mar 10, 2022

By CNA Staff

The besieged city of Mariupol is known as the ‘City of Mary.’ Read more

Archbishop Borys Gudziak of the Ukrainian Archeparchy of Philadelphia.

'Pray for the conversion of Vladimir Putin': Philadelphia's Ukrainian archbishop reacts to Russian invasion

Mar 9, 2022

By CNA Staff

The Ukrainian Archbishop of Philadelphia fears that the Russian invasion will again lead to the suppression of Catholicism in Ukraine,... Read more

Patriarch Kirill of the Russian Orthodox Church.

Irish Catholic bishops call on Patriarch Kirill to support Ukraine ceasefire

Mar 9, 2022

By CNA Staff

‘This invasion and aggression reminds us of the fragility of peace, even in Europe,’ the bishops said. Read more

The Bishop’s Palace in Kraków, southern Poland.

St. John Paul II’s former residence in Poland opens doors to Ukrainian refugees

Mar 9, 2022

By CNA Staff

Almost 1.3 million Ukrainians have sought refuge in Poland. Read more

The ruined Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin, built in 1862, in Ukraine’s Zhytomyr region.

Ukrainian Catholic leader: ‘Our spiritual heritage is being destroyed by bombing’

Mar 9, 2022

By CNA Staff

Major Archbishop Shevchuk said that ‘priests are being killed.’ Read more

Papal envoy Cardinal Konrad Krajewski meets with Archbishop Mieczysław Mokrzycki and Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk in Ukraine on March 8, 2022.

Papal envoy meets Catholic leaders in Ukraine

Mar 9, 2022

By CNA Staff

Cardinal Konrad Krajewski is one of two cardinals visiting the war-torn country at the pope’s behest. Read more

Polish Knights of Columbus unload a truck full of supplies for refugees fleeing Ukraine.

Ukrainian, Polish Knights of Columbus marshal resources to help care for refugees

Mar 8, 2022

By Jonah McKeown

Polish and Ukrainian Knights of Columbus have been working together to provide aid to the millions of refugees fleeing Ukraine... Read more

Some members of the Campomar Hernando family with Archbishop Mario Iceta Gavicagogeascoa of Burgos.

Missionary family returns to Spain from Ukraine: 'We witnessed God's miracles'

Mar 8, 2022

By ACI Prensa

César Campomar and María Auxiliadora Hernando and their ten children have lived in Ukraine since 1997 where they went to... Read more

Pope Francis delivers his Angelus address on March 6, 2022.

How Pope Francis’ tone on the Ukraine war has shifted

Mar 8, 2022

By Andrea Gagliarducci

The pope’s words at the Angelus marked a subtle but important change. Read more