Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk

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Among the victims of the Russian missile attack was a four-year-old girl with Down syndrome named Liza.

Ukrainian Catholic bishops pray for victims of missile strike in Vinnytsia

Jul 16, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Ukrainian Catholic bishops gathered in prayer together for the victims of a Russian missile strike on the city of Vinnytsia,... Read more

Pope Francis and Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk.

Pope Francis assures Ukrainian Greek Catholic bishops of prayers, 'involvement' to end war

Jul 11, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis said he is praying for Ukraine and working behind the scenes to help suffering Ukrainians.   Read more

Pope Francis on Palm Sunday 2022 in St. Peter's Square.

Pope Francis joins UN chief’s appeal for Ukraine war Easter truce

Apr 21, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

The Eastern Orthodox churches and the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church will celebrate Easter on April 24 this year. 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

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

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

The aftermath of the Russian occupation of Bucha, Ukraine.

Ukrainian Catholic leader denounces ‘horrific war crimes’ in Bucha

Apr 4, 2022

By CNA Staff

Major Archbishop Shevchuk said: ‘Europe only saw such scenes in the liberation from the Nazis.’ Read more

Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk records a video message on March 23, 2022.

Don’t let certain news be the ‘inner occupier of your person,’ says Ukrainian Catholic leader

Apr 1, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

“Let us eradicate evil from our hearts. Let us be Christian and human, even in the circumstances of war,” Shevchuck... Read more

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Ukraine war is a reminder of an invisible spiritual battle, Catholic leader says

Mar 31, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

Major Archbishop Shevchuk said: ‘Bring the devil to light and we will overcome.’ Read more

Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk, pictured in 2021.

‘I’m sorry for the tears,’ says Ukrainian Catholic leader as he details life under bombardment

Mar 29, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

Major Archbishop Shevchuk said his daily video messages ‘were spontaneous, just to let everyone know that I’m alive.’ 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

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

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

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

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

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

Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk records a video message on March 17, 2022.

Ukrainian Catholic leader: ‘Women are becoming the first victims of the occupation’

Mar 17, 2022

By CNA Staff

Major Archbishop Shevchuk referred to a viral image known as the ‘Kyivan Madonna.’ Read more

A kindergarten in Okhtyrka, a city in northeastern Ukraine that has seen intense fighting.

Ukrainian Catholic leader: Innocent children’s blood is ‘on the hands of the criminals who began this war’

Mar 16, 2022

By CNA Staff

Major Archbishop Shevchuk said that ‘almost 100 children have died as a result of bombing.’ Read more

His Beatitude Sviatoslav Shevchuk.

‘We are grateful’: Ukrainian Catholic leader welcomes consecration to Mary’s Immaculate Heart

Mar 16, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

Major Archbishop Shevchuk said: ‘This is a spiritual act long awaited by the Ukrainian people.’ Read more

A screenshot from a video from Ukraine that went viral on March 12, 2022 during Russia's attack on Kyiv, the Ukrainian capital.

Is the viral video of the Blessed Sacrament traveling through Kyiv fact or fiction?

Mar 15, 2022

By Shannon Mullen

A video from Ukraine tweeted on March 12 quickly went viral. But did it show the Blessed Sacrament traveling through... Read more