Posts Tagged ‘Russia-Ukraine conflict’

Tauranga baker’s mission to help feed hungry in Ukraine

Thursday, April 11th, 2024

Tauranga baker Harriet Campbell is on a mission to help in Ukraine. She wants to feed the hungry in the Ukrainian war zone. Not somewhere in the left-right-out corner either. On the front line. Just as she was in this picture (front) when she was packing medical supplies. This isn’t a sudden whim. She and Read more

WYD 2023: Russians and Ukrainians participate without crossing paths

Monday, August 7th, 2023

On the stage in the Garden of the Empire Square in the Belém district of Lisbon , Mariia, 31, Natalia, 33, and Oksana, 28, sing a patriotic song in Ukrainian, holding the blue and yellow flag, in the admiring silence of the assembly. They come from Ternopil, in the western part of their country devastated Read more

World Youth Day presses devotion and politics of war

Monday, August 7th, 2023
World Youth Day

At World Youth Day on Friday, politics and devotion met briefly. Crux reports on August 5 that during a semi-private meeting, a Russian Orthodox bishop expressed regret for the Ukraine war, thanking Francis for supporting the Ukrainian people. “I would like to thank you very much for all you have done for the Ukrainian people,” Read more

Young Russians and Ukrainians will join Pope in Lisbon

Monday, July 31st, 2023
young Russians and and Ukrainians

The Vatican hopes its help will enable young Russians and Ukrainians to enjoy a friendly encounter at World Youth Day (WYD) this week. Pope Francis will arrive in Lisbon, Portugal on Wednesday for the August 1-6 international WYD gathering. Delegations of young Russians and Ukrainians are expected to be there despite their countries being at Read more

Nun gives taxi drivers no option to ferry supplies in Ukraine

Monday, May 15th, 2023
taxi drivers

Two Ukranian taxi drivers have found themselves delivering supplies to the neediest in Ukraine. Ivan Smyglia and Denys Kurpikov say Sister Lucia Murashko presented them with “no other option”. Murashko (pictured with the taxi drivers) is a member of the Sisters of the Order of St Basil the Great of the Ukrainian Catholic Church. She’s Read more

‘We cannot defend ourselves without arms,’ Ukrainian archbishop

Monday, February 13th, 2023

The head of the Ukrainian Catholic Church has defended President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s requests for long-range weapons, although a Vatican diplomat warned that arm supply is a complex topic. “I cannot morally endorse this request for arms because I don’t know all the details — but we cannot defend ourselves without arms,” said Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Read more

Kyiv ‘cannot let Putin steal Christmas’

Thursday, December 8th, 2022
Putin cannot steal Christmas

The mayor of Kyiv has said the city “cannot let Putin steal our Christmas” as Ukrainians prepare to celebrate the festive season with darkened trees. As Russian airstrikes knock out power and wreak havoc on critical infrastructure, Kyiv’s mayor Vitaly Klitschko said Christmas trees will be erected across the Ukrainian capital to mark Christmas and Read more

Pope appeals to world leaders to avert the threat of nuclear war

Thursday, October 27th, 2022
threat of nuclear war

Pope Francis led leaders of world religions in an appeal to politicians to avert the threat of nuclear war over the Russia-Ukraine conflict. The Pope’s move came as Russian president, Vladimir Putin, oversaw a dramatic Russian military drill simulating a massive nuclear strike on Wednesday. Putin repeatedly claims that Ukraine was preparing a “dirty bomb”. Read more

Pope condemns ‘relentless’ bombing of Ukrainian cities

Monday, October 17th, 2022
'relentless' bombing of Ukrainian cities

Pope Francis has condemned Russia’s “relentless bombing” of Ukrainian cities, saying the attacks had unleashed a “hurricane of violence” on residents. Speaking to a large crowd at his weekly general audience in St Peter’s Square, Francis also appealed to “those who have the fate of the war in their hands” to stop. “My heart is Read more

Russian Catholics, including clerics, fear conscription

Monday, October 3rd, 2022
Russian Catholics fear conscription

A senior Russian priest said many young Catholics fear being forced into conscription along with their priests to join the war against Ukraine. The priest, who asked not to be named, also dismissed President Vladimir Putin’s threats of nuclear war as “just words”. “Although I’m not a military person, I don’t think the Russian army Read more