Ukraine War

Pope Francis on Palm Sunday 2022. Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Pope Francis Calls for an "Easter truce" in Ukraine on Palm Sunday 2022

Apr 10, 2022

“Let the weapons be put down. Let the Easter truce begin,” Pope Francis urged.

Pope Francis holds up a flag which he said was brought to him from “the martyred city” of Bucha, Ukraine at his general audience on April 6, 2022. Vatican Media

Blood of Bucha Victims "cries out to heaven" for End to Ukraine War: Pope Francis

Apr 6, 2022

The pope held up a blue and yellow flag which he said was brought to him from “the martyred city” of Bucha, Ukraine.

Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the Granaries in Floriana, Malta, April 3, 2022. Vatican Media.

Pope Francis Laments "sacrilegious war" in Ukraine as He Prays Angelus in Malta

Apr 3, 2022

‘May we be tireless in praying and in offering assistance to those who suffer,’ the pope said.

Pope Francis speaks to journalists aboard the papal flight to Malta on April 2, 2022. Courtney Mares/CNA

Pope Francis Says Papal Visit to Ukraine’s Capital, Kyiv, is “on the table”

Apr 2, 2022

Pope Francis on Saturday said a papal visit to Kyiv is "on the table," raising the possibility of a dramatic escalation of the Holy See's diplomatic and spiritual effort to bring about an end to the fighting that has raged in Ukraine since Russia invaded the country on Feb. 24.

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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 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.’

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"I pray to John Paul II": How Ukrainian Refugee Found Shelter at Pope’s Former Residence

Mar 23, 2022

‘Through the intercession of St. John Paul II, God led us to this residence,’ said Eleanor Petritschenko.

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Vatican Releases Text for March 25 Consecration Prayer for Ukraine, Russia

Mar 22, 2022

The Vatican has sent bishops around the world the text of the prayer that Pope Francis will lead on March 25 for the consecration of Ukraine and Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

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.’

Our Lady of Fatima. Ricardo Perna / Shutterstock.

Our Lady of Fatima Pilgrim Statue Arrives in Ukraine Prior to March 25 Consecration

Mar 17, 2022

A special statue of Our Lady of Fatima has arrived in Ukraine, ahead of Pope Francis’ consecration of the country and Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on March 25.

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.

Pope Francis in front of a statue of Our Lady of Fatima on the feast day of Our Lady of Fatima. Daniel Ibañez/CNA

Pope Francis to Consecrate Russia and Ukraine to Immaculate Heart of Mary

Mar 15, 2022

The consecration will take place on March 25.

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.

Mariupol, southeastern Ukraine. Secretariat of the Major Archbishop in Rome.

Ukraine's "City of Mary" Has Been Turned into a Cemetery, Ukrainian Catholic Leader Says

Mar 10, 2022

The besieged city of Mariupol is known as the ‘City of Mary.’

The Bishop’s Palace in Kraków, southern Poland. Mazur/

St. John Paul II’s Former Residence in Poland Opens Doors to Ukrainian Refugees

Mar 9, 2022

Almost 1.3 million Ukrainians have sought refuge in Poland.