Ukraine War

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.

Father Oleksandr Repin among the church ruins | Benedictine Missionary Sisters

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.

Vladimir Putin / Credit: Flickr from Global Panorama (CC BY-SA 2.0) Pope Francis / Daniel Ibañez, ACI Press

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.

Pope Francis meets Kateryna Prokopenko and Yulya Fedosiuk in St. Peter’s Square on May 11, 2022. Vatican Media.

Pope Francis Meets Wives of Ukrainian Soldiers Fighting to Defend Mariupol

May 11, 2022

‘You are our last hope. We hope that you can save their lives. Please don’t let them die.’

Pope Francis waves to pilgrims gathered in St. Peter's Square for the Regina Caeli on May 8, 2022. Vatican Media

Mother’s Day: Pope Francis Sends Moms "Our prayer, affection, best wishes"

May 8, 2022

In his Regina Caeli address, Pope Francis asked the faithful to celebrate their mothers in a special way on Sunday, for Mother’s Day, and urged continued prayers for peace in Ukraine.

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.

The aftermath of the Russian occupation of Bucha, Ukraine. Ministry of Digital Development Mikhail Fedorov via Wikimedia (Public Domain).

Marking Two Months of War, Pope Francis Says "the attack must be stopped"

Apr 24, 2022

Pope Francis on Sunday renewed his call for a truce in Ukraine, saying "the attack must be stopped."

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 is interviewed by Lorena Bianchetti at the Vatican. Screenshot from A Sua Immagine.

"World has chosen the path of Cain", Pope Francis in Interview Aired Good Friday 2022

Apr 15, 2022

‘War is everywhere,’ he told interviewer Lorena Bianchetti.

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"Speak out forcefully" against "abominable actions" in Ukraine: Pope Francis to Pilgrims

Apr 12, 2022

In a message to participants in an interreligious pilgrimage to Ukraine, Pope Francis said “the present moment leaves us deeply troubled, because it is marked by the forces of evil.”