More than 600,000 war-impacted and unwanted children in orphanages across Ukraine, Russia, former Soviet Union
Ukraine: Courage and faith in wartime
The Archdiocese of Ivano-Frankivsk, in western Ukraine, began to host displaced women and children at the beginning of the war.
Kharkiv, Ukraine: Bishop documents strikes on residential buildings
Bishop Honcharuk found refuge from the growing attacks in a bunker, along with about 40 other people, including Bishop Mytrofan, from the autocephalous Orthodox Church of Ukraine.
In Lviv, Ukraine, Father Grzegorz Draus: ‘The days feel like months’
“When they arrive, they are exhausted and terrified. The journey through Ukraine takes very long now”
ACN calls on contemplatives worldwide to join day of prayer for peace in Ukraine
The call for a day of prayer and fasting on March 2nd was an initiative of Pope Francis for the entire Catholic Church
Why Was Rome Finally Willing to Call Out Russia as an Aggressor?
The invasion caused massive hemorrhaging in the Vatican’s Russia policy since 2014.
Bishop of Kharkiv, Ukraine: ‘My message is short because we are under constant bombardment’
“It took me eight hours to travel 100 miles. The roads were full of people fleeing west.”
A Weak White House Makes a World of Difference
Russia has continued to crackdown on evangelism and unregistered church activity, which includes almost all religious practice outside of the Russian Orthodox Church.
International law says Putin’s war against Ukraine is illegal. Does that matter?
Putin’s invasion of Ukraine is illegal.
Priests in Ukraine: ‘We don’t have time to be frightened’
In reaction to the outbreak of war in Ukraine, Aid to the Church in Need is sending an aid package of one million dollars.
U.S. Bishops’ President Echoes Pope Francis’ Call for Prayer and Fasting for Ukraine
“I echo the Holy Father’s call for prayer and fasting to end the war in Ukraine.”
Ukraine: Church helps refugees and prays for peace
“War does not bring any solutions, only destruction, suffering, and lack of peace.”
Vatican Decries ‘Tragic’ Russian Invasion of Ukraine
Cardinal Pietro Parolin said in a video statement on Feb. 24 that Pope Francis’ appeal for ‘peaceful coexistence’ in the region has ‘dramatic urgency’ amid the ‘horrors of war.’
McConnell: Democrats’ Anti-Energy Agenda Hurts Working Families and Helps Putin
‘Three years ago, under Republican policies, the United States became a net exporter of oil for the first time in more than 70 years… Alas, a very different philosophy now controls Washington. In President Biden’s first year, our own oil imports from Russia hit a new all-time high.’
Catholic leader in Ukraine calls for an end to ‘idolatry of violence’
“There is a new idolatry of violence arising around the world, and as Christians we have to say no to violence, no to military action.”
Famine, subjugation and nuclear fallout: How Soviet experience helped sow resentment among Ukrainians toward Russia
As Russia amasses troops at Ukraine’s borders, and the threat of an invasion increases, many in Ukraine may be reminded of past attempts by its neighbor to crush Ukrainian independence.
Russia could unleash disruptive cyberattacks against the US – but efforts to sow confusion and division are more likely
Americans can probably expect to see Russian-sponsored cyber activities working in tandem with propaganda campaigns.
Seek Peace in Ukraine, Says U.S. Bishops’ Chairman for International Justice and Peace
“In this time of fear and uncertainty, we stand in solidarity with the Church in Ukraine and offer our support.”
Catholic Bishops of Ukraine and Poland Say Russia Tensions Pose ‘Great Danger’
The bishops issued their message the day after Pope Francis announced that Jan. 26 will be a day of prayer for peace in the Eastern European country.
5 things to know about why Russia might invade Ukraine – and why the US is involved
Russia has amassed an estimated 100,000 troops along its border with Ukraine over the past several months.
USCIRF Concerned by Russian Prosecution of International Memorial Society
In November 2021, the State Department designated Russia a CPC for the first time.
USCIRF Releases New Report on Religious Freedom Violations in Russia’s Republic of Chechnya
USCIRF again recommended that the U.S. Department of State designate Russia as a Country of Particular Concern
The Russian boot camps preparing children to fight for their country
Russia’s Military Kids: Putin’s supporters are champions of conservative values and of military might. With elections now looming Dateline visits a Russian bootcamp to meet an army of kids preparing to defend their country.
Azeri authorities block Christian pilgrimage from Armenia to Dadivank, demand extra paperwork
Pilgrims from Armenia are visiting Dadivank accompanied by Russian peacekeepers.