The Archdiocese of Ivano-Frankivsk, in western Ukraine, began to host displaced women and children at the beginning of the war.
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.
“When they arrive, they are exhausted and terrified. The journey through Ukraine takes very long now”
The call for a day of prayer and fasting on March 2nd was an initiative of Pope Francis for the entire Catholic Church
The invasion caused massive hemorrhaging in the Vatican’s Russia policy since 2014.
“It took me eight hours to travel 100 miles. The roads were full of people fleeing west.”
Russia has continued to crackdown on evangelism and unregistered church activity, which includes almost all religious practice outside of the Russian Orthodox Church.
Putin’s invasion of Ukraine is illegal.
In reaction to the outbreak of war in Ukraine, Aid to the Church in Need is sending an aid package of one million dollars.
“I echo the Holy Father’s call for prayer and fasting to end the war in Ukraine.”
“War does not bring any solutions, only destruction, suffering, and lack of peace.”
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.’
‘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.’
“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.”
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.
Americans can probably expect to see Russian-sponsored cyber activities working in tandem with propaganda campaigns.
“In this time of fear and uncertainty, we stand in solidarity with the Church in Ukraine and offer our support.”
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.
Russia has amassed an estimated 100,000 troops along its border with Ukraine over the past several months.
In November 2021, the State Department designated Russia a CPC for the first time.
USCIRF again recommended that the U.S. Department of State designate Russia as a Country of Particular Concern
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