Posts Tagged ‘Russia-Ukraine war’

Ukrainian archbishop pushes back on Francis’ war-cause comments

Monday, June 20th, 2022
NATO provoked Russia into Ukraine

The head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church has pushed back on Pope Francis’ comments that Russia was possibly provoked by NATO into invading Ukraine. “The gift of reason from the Holy Spirit is so necessary in today’s world so that the devil’s wiles do not deceive the human person,” said Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk, head Read more

Silence kills: continue to speak out on Ukraine

Thursday, June 2nd, 2022
Silence kills

Silence kills, and the Ukrainian Catholic Church is urging the world to continue to speak out about Ukraine’s struggle to survive. Major Archbishop Svietoslav Shevchuk’s appeal comes as Ukraine’s largest Orthodox church (UOC) reasserts its independence from the Moscow Patriarchate. “We are seeing today how silence can kill,” Shevchuk says. Everyone who chooses to stay Read more

Moscow-affiliated Orthodoxy faces uncertain future in Ukraine

Thursday, May 26th, 2022

Moscow-affiliated Ukrainian Orthodox parishes are defecting to an autonomous Ukrainian Church. By the dozen. During most of April and May, the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Moscow Patriarchate (UOC-MP) has been losing four or five Ukrainian parishes a day. Most individuals and parishes leaving the UOC-MP are affiliating with the Orthodox Church of Ukraine (OCU). The OCU is Read more

Archbishop: Vatican’s approach to Russia “naive and utopian”

Thursday, May 26th, 2022
Vatican's approach “naive and utopian.”

In an interview with the Polish Catholic news agency KAI, the president of Poland’s Catholic bishops’ conference has said that the Vatican’s approach to Russia is “naive and utopian”. Archbishop Stanisław Gądecki, 72, was asked about his meeting with Archbishop Paul Gallagher, the Vatican’s Secretary for Relations with States, following a May 17-20 visit to Read more

Papal envoy prays at mass grave in Ukraine

Wednesday, April 20th, 2022

A papal envoy prayed beside a mass grave in Ukraine on Good Friday. Cardinal Konrad Krajewski, during a visit to a newly liberated area of northern Ukraine, was pictured praying on April 15 at a grave containing 80 bodies. The Holy See press office said that the papal almoner traveled to Borodianka, a town around Read more

No role for pope in Ukraine

Monday, April 11th, 2022

Pope Francis deserves our admiration, prayers and support for his tireless efforts to promote peace and goodwill among nations, peoples and religions, and for constantly reminding us that everything and everybody in the universe are interconnected. His intense advocacy for the health of our planet, his concern for the poor, and his courageous stance to Read more

It is not a holy war

Monday, March 21st, 2022

Archbishop of Wellington Cardinal John Dew says Pope Francis is deeply concerned about the invasion being justified as a holy war. In recent weeks, the Russia’s Patriarch Kirill has used religious language to justify his support for Russia’s military aggression. Even Kirill’s own supporters are looking elsewhere, says Dew. “The invasion has created new ecumenical Read more