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 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

People raise the Ukrainian flag at Pope Francis' Angelus address at the Vatican, March 6, 2022.

Catholic journalist flees Ukraine capital: 'The war brings me closer to God'

Mar 8, 2022

By Katie Yoder

A Catholic Ukrainian journalist documenting daily life in Ukraine following Russia’s invasion of the country has miraculously escaped Kyiv, she... Read more

Cardinal Pietro Parolin speaks in a Vatican News interview published Nov. 30, 2021.

Cardinal Parolin urges end to attacks in call with Russia’s foreign minister

Mar 8, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

The Vatican’s secretary of state “conveyed Pope Francis’ deep concern about the ongoing war in Ukraine.” Read more

Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk records a video message in Kyiv, Ukraine, on March 8, 2022.

Ukraine’s resistance to Russian invasion a ‘miracle,’ says Catholic leader

Mar 8, 2022

By CNA Staff

Major Archbishop Shevchuk compared the war to Poland’s 1920 ‘Miracle on the Vistula’ Read more

The Armenian Cathedral of Lviv.

Lviv's Armenian Cathedral removes Christ statue for safekeeping amid Ukraine conflict

Mar 7, 2022

By Christine Rousselle

A picture of a statue of Christ being removed from the Armenian Cathedral of Lviv for safekeeping has gone viral... Read more

The Knights of Columbus has sprung into action to provide aid to victims of the war in Ukraine.

Facing a 'defining moment,' Knights of Columbus leader vows ongoing support for Ukraine

Mar 7, 2022

By Alejandro Bermudez

Much like 9/11 was a defining moment for the United States, “the brutal invasion of Ukraine will be a defining... Read more

Polish volunteers help Ukrainian refugees arriving at a train station in Przemyśl, southeastern Poland.

Catholic leader thanks Poles for welcoming 1 million people fleeing Ukraine war

Mar 7, 2022

By CNA Staff

‘May the Lord God repay you a hundredfold,’ said Major Archbishop Shevchuk. Read more

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

‘I will go to Ukraine, as far as I can,’ says papal envoy

Mar 7, 2022

By CNA Staff

Cardinal Konrad Krajewski is one of two Vatican cardinals visiting the war-torn country. Read more

Pope Francis delivers his Angelus address at the Vatican, March. 6, 2022.

Pope Francis sends cardinals to Ukraine, where ‘rivers of blood and tears flow’

Mar 6, 2022

By Katie Yoder

Pope Francis condemned Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and expressed his solidarity with the country on Sunday. Read more