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Father Vyacheslav Grynevych gave Pope Francis with a cross made out of broken glass and rubble from destroyed buildings in Kyiv on Feb. 21, 2023.

Catholic priest from Ukraine gives Pope Francis cross made out of war rubble

Feb 23, 2023

By Courtney Mares

The Catholic priest and his team have worked tirelessly to provide food, shelter, protection, and health and psychological support to... 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

Pope Francis at the general audience in St. Peter's Square on March 14, 2018.

Pope Francis appeals for displaced women and children in Syria

Feb 9, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis appealed Sunday for the protection of women and children fleeing violence in northwestern Syria as more than half... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the Pontifical North American College, Rome on May 2, 2015.

Pope condemns 'arrogant' abuse of power that leads to war, violence

Sep 29, 2016

By Elise Harris

In a passionate speech on Thursday, Pope Francis condemned as arrogant the mentality of revenge and the abuses of power... Read more

Pope Francis kisses a child in St. Peter's Square for the general audience, Dec. 9, 2015.

Don't love concepts – love people, Pope Francis tells aid workers

May 24, 2016

Addressing a global summit on humanitarian aid, Pope Francis offered encouragement and a reminder – don’t ever forget that each... Read more

Caritas Internationalis secretary general Michel Roy speaks with CNA in Rome Sept. 17, 2014.

Weapons, low funding hinder Middle East humanitarian aid

Sep 20, 2014

By Ann Schneible

Foreign weapons and a lack of funding are among the serious challenges facing humanitarian response efforts in the Middle East,... Read more

International Committee of the Red Cross.

Three Red Cross workers remain kidnapped in Syria

Oct 14, 2013

A day after their kidnapping in Syria, the whereabouts of three relief workers from the Red Cross remain unknown, though... Read more

Catholic Relief Services celebrates 70 years.

Catholic Relief Services honored on 70th anniversary

Jun 4, 2013

In recognition of the 70th anniversary of Catholic Relief Services last week, the mayor of Baltimore declared an official “Catholic... Read more

Anglican Archbishop Desmond speaks during a UN press conference on October 11, 2012

Anglican archbishop lands massive prize for peace efforts

Apr 5, 2013

South African apartheid fighter Archbishop Desmond Tutu has been awarded the prestigious Templeton Prize in recognition of the Anglican churchman's... Read more