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Pope Francis and Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk.

Vatican reassures Ukrainian Catholics that pope did not intend to praise Russian imperialism

Aug 29, 2023

By Alexey Gotovskiy, Courtney Mares

Pope Francis made the comment while speaking off the cuff during a live video conference with Russian youth Aug. 25.  Read more

Young Catholics participating in the 10th edition of the Russian Youth Gathering in St. Petersburg, Russia, watch a livestream of Pope Francis at the Basilica of St. Catherine of Alexandria on Aug. 25, 2023.

Pope Francis encourages young Russian Catholics to be ‘bridge builders’

Aug 26, 2023

By Alexey Gotovskiy

Without referring directly to Russia’s war in Ukraine, the Holy Father called on the youth to pursue peace “in the... Read more


Spokesman for Russian Catholic bishops: ‘There is no foreseeable solution’ to Ukraine war

Feb 27, 2023

By Ana Paula Morales

Father Kirill Gorbunov said that “the majority of the people are suffering” and that “after a year of war [with... Read more

Pope Francis talks to young people in St. Peter’s Basilica on March 15, 2022.

Pope Francis invites Catholic bishops worldwide to join him in consecrating Russia, Ukraine

Mar 17, 2022

By Alejandro Bermudez

In a letter sent urgently on Mar. 17 to all U.S. Bishops, the Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, Archbishop... Read more

The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception of the Holy Virgin Mary, Moscow, Russia.

Catholic leader in Moscow welcomes Russia’s consecration to Immaculate Heart of Mary

Mar 16, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Archbishop Paolo Pezzi said he hoped Mary’s intercession would ‘stop the bloodshed.’ Read more

The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Moscow, the cathedral of the Archdiocese of the Mother of God at Moscow.

Russia’s Catholic bishops call on leaders to end conflict with Ukraine

Feb 25, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

They said they were ‘deeply shocked’ by the outbreak of full-scale war. Read more

The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Moscow.

Pope Francis encourages Catholics in Russia to witness to the Gospel

Oct 11, 2021

By Courtney Mares

As the Soviet Union was disintegrating 30 years ago, St. John Paul II appointed apostolic administrators for the pastoral care... Read more