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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Archbishop Stanisław Gądecki with Bartholomew I of Constantinople in Warsaw, Poland, on March 29, 2022.

Orthodox leader and Polish Catholic archbishop pray for peace in Ukraine

Mar 29, 2022

By CNA Staff

Patriarch Bartholomew I is visiting Poland to offer his blessing to Ukrainian refugees. Read more

Father Jason Charron with an orphan from Ukraine.

A Catholic priest and a parishioner team up to rescue Ukrainian orphans 

Mar 28, 2022

By Francesca Pollio Fenton

A Ukrainian Catholic priest, who is married and a father of seven, recently accompanied one of his parishioners on a... Read more

Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk records a video message on March 28, 2022.

Catholic leader: Ukraine war presents the world with a choice

Mar 28, 2022

By CNA Staff

Major Archbishop Shevchuk said: ‘Make your choice. Stand on the side of the innocent victims of unjust aggression.’ Read more

Pope Francis and Cardinal Konrad Krajewski with the ambulance bound for Ukraine.

Vatican cardinal brings ambulance from Pope Francis to Ukraine

Mar 28, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

This is the second time that Cardinal Konrad Krajewski has traveled to Lviv since full-scale war broke out. Read more

Pope Francis reads the Act of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary in St. Peter’s Basilica, March 25, 2022.

Pope Francis consecrates Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Mar 25, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

In his homily, the pope said that the consecration ‘is no magic formula but a spiritual act.’ Read more

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

As it happened: Pope Francis’ Consecration of Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Mar 25, 2022

By CNA Staff

Our reporters were inside St. Peter’s Basilica for the consecration of Ukraine and Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Read more

Pope Francis in front of a statue of Our Lady of Fatima in St. Peter’s Square on May 13, 2015.

5 things to know about Pope Francis’ consecration prayer to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Mar 25, 2022

By Courtney Mares

The prayer will be recited by Catholics worldwide on March 25. Read more

Epiphanius I of Ukraine and Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk meet on March 23, 2022.

Ukrainian Greek Catholic leader meets head of Orthodox Church of Ukraine

Mar 24, 2022

By CNA Staff

Major Archbishop Shevchuk requested the meeting with the leader of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine. Read more

Bishop Rudolf Voderholzer with Ukrainian refugees in front of Msgr. Georg Ratzinger’s former home.

Home of Benedict XVI’s late brother opens doors to Ukrainian refugees

Mar 24, 2022

By CNA Staff

Benedict XVI visited his ailing brother at the house in June 2020. Read more

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‘I pray to St. John Paul II every day’: How a Ukrainian refugee found shelter at the pope’s former residence

Mar 23, 2022

By Solène Tadié

‘Through the intercession of St. John Paul II, God led us to this residence,’ said Eleanor Petritschenko. Read more

Holy Trinity Cathedral, a cathedral of the Russian Orthodox Church in Jerusalem.

Catholic leader: Pray for peace in Ukraine before Russian Orthodox cathedrals worldwide

Mar 23, 2022

By CNA Staff

Major Archbishop Shevchuk praised an interfaith gathering outside a Russian Orthodox cathedral in Jerusalem. Read more

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