Ukraine War

Pope Francis prays in St. Peter's Square on March 8, 2023. | Vatican Media

Pope Francis Says Imprisonment of Nicaraguan Bishop Reminds him of Hitler’s Dictatorship

Mar 10, 2023

Pope Francis called Nicaragua’s Daniel Ortega “unstable” and likened Nicaragua’s Sandinista government to Nazi Germany in an interview published Friday.

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Ukrainian Soldier Saved by Praying the Rosary, Priest Recounts

Feb 27, 2023

One year from the start of the war between Russia and Ukraine, a Catholic priest recounted how a Ukrainian soldier was spared from being killed by praying the rosary.

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"There is no foreseeable solution" to Ukraine War: Spokesman for Russian Catholic Bishops

Feb 27, 2023

Speaking with ACI Prensa, CNA’s Spanish-language news partner, Father Kirill Gorbunov, who is also vicar general of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of the Mother of God at Moscow, said that “the majority of the people are suffering” and that “after a year of war [with Ukraine], there is no foreseeable solution.”

Pope Francis attended a Vatican screening of the 2022 documentary “Freedom on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom” on Feb. 24, 2023. | Vatican Media

This was Pope Francis’ Spontaneous Prayer for Ukraine on Anniversary of War

Feb 25, 2023

Pope Francis said a spontaneous prayer for peace during a Vatican event for the first anniversary of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine on Friday.

Pope Francis looking at images from Ukraine at the general audience, Dec. 21, 2022 | Vatican Media

"It’s in these times when heroes and saints are born": Ukrainian Priest

Feb 24, 2023

On the first anniversary of the war in his homeland, Ukrainian priest Father Jurij Blazejewski highlighted the faith of the Ukrainian people and assured that “it is Christ who is winning there” in a conflict where “saints and heroes are born.”

Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk records a video message on April 8, 2022. |

Ukrainian Catholic Leader on Anniversary of War: We Need Spiritual Strength

Feb 24, 2023

Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk said Ukrainians need spiritual strength as much as ever as they mark one year since Russia’s full-scale invasion of their country.

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. | Photo courtesy of Father Vyacheslav Grynevych

Catholic Priest from Ukraine Gives Pope Francis Cross Made out of War Rubble

Feb 23, 2023

Father Vyacheslav Grynevych vividly remembers the first day of the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine one year ago.

Pope Francis waves to the faithful gathered on St. Peter's Square, Dec. 26, 2022 | Vatican Media

Pope Francis Renews Prayers for Peace in Ukraine, Calls on Catholics to Learn from Martyr

Dec 26, 2022

Pope Francis on Monday called on Catholics to pray for those who have harmed them — and those persecuted — as he renewed his Christmas call for peace in Ukraine and worldwide. 

With a cane in his right hand, 86-year-old Pope Francis delivers his 10th Christmas "Urbi et Orbi" blessing on Dec. 25, 2022. | Vatican Media

On Christmas Day, Pope Francis Prays for Prince of Peace to end "third world war"

Dec 25, 2022

In his Christmas Day blessing, Pope Francis prayed that leaders will listen to the “cries of the Prince of Peace” and bring an immediate end to the war in Ukraine and “the other theaters of this third world war.”

Pope Francis looking at images from Ukraine at the general audience, Dec. 21, 2022 | Vatican Media

Pope Francis: Let us Think of the Ukrainian Children Without Heat this Christmas

Dec 21, 2022

Pope Francis has urged Catholics not to forget the many children in Ukraine this Christmas who are suffering without electricity and heating amid the war.

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Ukrainian Archbishop: "Many will sing Christmas carols with our soldiers"

Dec 20, 2022

For months, the Greek Catholic Cathedral of the Resurrection in Kyiv was a refuge for more than 200 people. They made the basement a shelter against air attacks. In those days, Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk walked around in a bulletproof vest and a helmet, trying to comfort the afflicted.

Pope Francis with members of the group Leaders Pour la Paix at the Vatican, Dec. 2, 2022 | Vatican Media

Pope Francis: The Effects of the War in Ukraine are Being Felt all Over the World

Dec 2, 2022

Pope Francis said Friday that the war between Russia and Ukraine is an example of the “globalization of problems” with the far-felt effects of the energy and food crises.

Pope Francis holds a flag that he received from Bucha, Ukraine at his general audience on April 6, 2022. | Vatican Media

"Your pain is my pain": Pope Francis Pens Letter Marking 9 Months of War in Ukraine

Nov 25, 2022

In an emotional letter addressed to the people of Ukraine, Pope Francis wrote that he sees the cross of Christ in the tortures and sufferings endured by Ukrainians in nine months of war.

Cardinal Pietro Parolin celebrating Mass for peace in Ukraine on Thursday in the Basilica of St. Mary Major in Rome, Nov. 17, 2022 | Daniel Ibáñez / CNA

"We raise our prayers to God for peace in Ukraine": Vatican Secretary of State

Nov 18, 2022

Cardinal Pietro Parolin offered Mass for peace in Ukraine on Thursday in the Basilica of St. Mary Major in Rome.

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Benedictine Nun from Ukraine: The Church Building is in Ruins, but the Church is Alive

Nov 18, 2022

After the liberation of the Mykolaiv district in Ukraine from the Russian army last week, residents began to return to their homes with the hope of saving at least some of their possessions.

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Russia is "willing" to Speak with Pope Francis About the War in Ukraine

Oct 26, 2022

Russian presidential spokesman Dmitri Peskov said his government is willing to talk with Pope Francis, the United States, and France to find a solution to the war in Ukraine.

Pope Francis Says that He Tried to Help Ukraine, Russia Prisoner Swap

Sep 29, 2022

Pope Francis has said that he was involved in a prisoner swap between Russia and Ukraine.

Pope Francis speaks at his general audience in Paul VI Hall on Aug. 10, 2022. Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Vatican: Pope Francis’ Ukraine War Comments Not a "political stance"

Aug 30, 2022

The Holy See said Pope Francis’ recent comments on a car bombing that killed the daughter of an ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin should not be interpreted as a “political stance.”

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.