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Pope Francis dedicated nearly all of his Angelus address on Oct. 1 to the war in Ukraine. | Vatican News

Pope Francis Appeals to Putin for an Immediate Ceasefire in Ukraine

Oct 2, 2022

Pope Francis made a direct appeal to Russian President Vladimir Putin for an immediate ceasefire on Sunday, imploring him to end the “spiral of violence and death” in Ukraine.

Pope Francis delivers the Angelus address on 18 September 2022. Credit: Vatican Media

Christians Cannot be Indifferent to Corruption: Pope Francis

Sep 18, 2022

Pope Francis said Sunday that Christians should not become discouraged or remain indifferent to stories of corruption, but instead “be creative in doing good with prudence.”

Pope Francis and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. Quirinale.it/President.gov.ua via Wikimedia.

In Phone Call, Ukraine's President Thanks Pope Francis for Praying for His Country

Aug 13, 2022

“Our people need support of world spiritual leaders who should convey to the world the truth about acts of horror committed by the aggressor,” the Ukrainian president said.

Pope Francis prays the Angelus from the window of the Apostolic Palace on July 3, 2022. Vatican Media/CNA

Evangelization Not "personal activism" But a Witness of Love: Pope Francis

Jul 3, 2022

In his Angelus address, the pope posed a question: “How do we bring the good news of the Gospel to others?

Pope Francis prays the rosary for peace in Rome’s Basilica of St. Mary Major, May 31, 2022. Vatican Media.

Pope Francis Prays Rosary for Peace in Ukraine and Around the World

May 31, 2022

The pope meditated on the Sorrowful Mysteries of the rosary in union with Marian shrines around the world.

Pope Francis at the Easter Vigil Mass on April 16, 2022. Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Pope Francis Weeps at Ukraine Suffering, Calls for Daily Rosary for Peace

May 1, 2022

Pope Francis has again lamented the suffering caused by the invasion of Ukraine and encouraged the faithful to pray a rosary every day for peace.

Pope Francis meets members of the Papal Foundation in the Vatican’s Clementine Hall, April 28, 2022. Vatican Media.

Pope Francis Thanks Papal Foundation for Aid to Ukraine

Apr 28, 2022

The pope said that the foundation brings ‘love, hope, and mercy’ to those it supports.

Pope Francis pictured at the Easter Vigil Mass on April 16, 2022. Daniel Ibanez/CNA

God is Weeping for the Victims of the Ukraine War: Pope Francis

Apr 23, 2022

The pope offered a reflection on "Our Lady of Tears."

Major Serhiy Volyna, who has been leading the 36th marine brigade in the battle for the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol, pictured holding his letter to Pope Francis. Religious Information Service of Ukraine

Ukrainian Soldier Appeals to Pope Francis to Help Save People of Mariupol, a Besieged City

Apr 19, 2022

Major Serhiy Volyna, who has been leading the 36th marine brigade in the battle for the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol, pleaded with the pope to help do something to safely evacuate people from the city.

Pope Francis speaks during his weekly general audience on April 6, 2022. Vatican Media

We are Witnessing the "impotence" of the UN in Ukraine war: Pope Francis

Apr 6, 2022

The pope made the comments during a reflection on his recent trip to Malta at his weekly general audience.

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Catholic Leader in Ukraine Says Ongoing War Reminder of Spiritual Battle "with the devil"

Mar 31, 2022

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

Pope Francis at the general audience in Paul VI Hall on March 2, 2022. Vatican Media

"Enough!" End War Before it Ends Us, Pope Francis Says as Ukraine Invasion Continues

Mar 27, 2022

"Before the danger of self-destruction, may humanity understand that the moment has come to abolish war, to erase it from human history before it erases human history," Pope Francis said in another plea for peace more than one month after Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Pope Francis prays during the penitential service at St. Peter's Basilica, March 25, 2022. Vatican Pool.

Full text: Pope Francis' Homily at Penance Service, Consecration to Immaculate Heart

Mar 25, 2022

On March 25 Pope Francis led a celebration of the sacrament of penance and the act of consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary in St. Peter's Basilica. The following is the full text of the pope's prepared homily.

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

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

Mar 25, 2022

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

Pope Francis celebrates a centenary Mass marking the apparition of the Virgin Mary to three children in Fatima, Portugal, 13 May 2017. Credit: Tiziana Fabi / AFP via Getty Images)

Catholic Bishops in Africa Respond to Pope Francis’ Call for Ukraine, Russia Consecration

Mar 23, 2022

Catholic Bishops in Africa have, in separate statements, responded to Pope Francis’ call for prayer and consecration of Russia and Ukraine scheduled to take place on the Solemnity of the Annunciation, Friday, March 25.

Pope Francis prays at the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fatima in Portugal on May 12, 2017. Vatican Media.

Vatican Confirms Pope is Inviting World’s Bishops to Join in Ukraine-Russia Consecration

Mar 18, 2022

The pope is asking the bishops ‘to join him in praying for peace and in consecrating and entrusting Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.’

Pope Francis prays for children in Ukraine, March 16, 2022. Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

Pope Francis: After a Nuclear War, Humanity Would Have to "start from scratch"

Mar 16, 2022

The pope was speaking on the 21st day of the war in Ukraine.

Sisters from Przemysł, Poland, help Ukrainian refugees. Private archive.

Hundreds of Catholic Convents in Poland Offering Variety of Help to Ukraine’s Refugees

Mar 15, 2022

Nearly 1.8 million people have entered Poland from Ukraine since the full-scale Russian invasion.

Banner calling for the consecration of Russia is displayed during Pope Francis' Angelus in St. Peter's Square on March 13, 2022. Vatican Media

“In the name of God, I ask you: stop this massacre” in Ukraine: Pope Francis

Mar 13, 2022

Pope Francis called for an end to the “harrowing war” in Ukraine on Sunday, condemning Russia's reported attacks on pregnant women and children in the eastern city of Mariupol.

Civilians are evacuated from Irpin, a city next to the Ukrainian capital Kyiv. State Emergency Service.

Ukrainian Catholic Leader Says Russian Invasion Turning into War against Civilians

Mar 11, 2022

Citing official statistics, Major Archbishop Shevchuk said there were more deaths among civilians than the military.