Posts Tagged ‘Russia-Ukraine’

30 priests killed: Russian military also destroy churches

Thursday, March 21st, 2024
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Allegations of systematic attacks by the Russian military against Ukrainian religious leaders and deliberate destruction of churches have sparked outrage. The outrage follows the death last month of a 59-year-old Orthodox priest, Fr Stepan Podolchak (pictured). The Tablet reports he was tortured to death by Russian soldiers. Human rights groups condemned his death and those Read more

Vatican Bank denies receiving funds from Russia

Monday, September 18th, 2023

After a close aide to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy accused Pope Francis of being a Russophile, and the Vatican of receiving Russian funds, the Catholic Church issued a statement denying the accusations on Sunday (Sept 10). “The IOR does not receive or invest money from Russia,” read a statement by the Institute for Religious Works, Read more

Vatican moves to reunite Ukrainian children taken to Russia

Monday, July 24th, 2023
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A Vatican plan is underway to reunite Ukrainian children with their families, a senior Vatican official says. The Ukrainian children were taken to Russia during the war. The plan The Holy See’s plan to reunite the children followed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s explicit request for its help, when he met Pope Francis at the Vatican Read more

Cluster bombs – Church chastises Catholic pragmatic President

Monday, July 17th, 2023
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US Bishops’ International Justice and Peace Chairman, Bishop David J. Malloy, has expressed public concern regarding President Joe Biden’s decision to supply Ukraine with cluster bombs for use against Russian forces. He is raising questions about the ethical implications of the Catholic President’s move. Malloy, in a statement issued by the Peace Committee, highlighted the Read more

Why a just peace in Ukraine will require more than defeating Putin

Thursday, June 8th, 2023
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As long as there has been a war in Ukraine people have called for peace. Some propose peace simply defined as a halt to the fighting. They cite the suffering: More than 300,000 Ukrainian and Russian soldiers have been killed or wounded, thousands of civilians have been killed, and more than nine million Ukrainians have Read more

From contemplative silence to hosting refugees

Monday, August 29th, 2022
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The contemplative Benedictines of Solonka, in Ukraine, near Lviv, are used to silence and external solitude, but they have opened the doors of their monastery and their cloister to hosting refugees affected by the war. Since the end of February 2022, they have welcomed hundreds of needy families. “During the first few weeks of the Read more

Global food crisis; war’s spectral shadow looms large

Monday, May 30th, 2022
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Vatican newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano, is warning of a looming disastrous global food crisis. The Italian version of the paper devoted most of its 24 May front page to the matter saying the crisis will be particularly catastrophic in the Middle East, North Africa, and Southeast Asia. The paper says the food shortage is a direct Read more

Kirill must not be Putin’s altar boy, says Pope

Thursday, May 5th, 2022

Pope Francis has warned the leader of Russia’s Orthodox Church that he “cannot become Putin’s altar boy.” In a recent media interview Francis says Patriarch Kirill’s support of the war in Ukraine became clear to him during their 40-minute zoom discussion in March. In this, Kirill spent half the time reading out justifications for President Read more

They’re butchering the innocent in Ukraine

Thursday, April 28th, 2022

A religious sister based in Ukraine speaks of invading Russian forces butchering innocent people. The Russia-Ukraine war isn’t a war of military combat between armies using weapons, she explains. It’s something else. She speaks of massacres. Of  dead children. Dead civilians. Of repression and brutal sexual assaults on women and children. Sister Ligy Payyappilly sees Read more

People from war-torn countries all bring hope

Monday, April 4th, 2022

People leaving war-torn countries, like Ukraine, for a new life in New Zealand all bring one thing with them – hope, an immigration industry veteran says. New Zealand’s history of helping out people amid violent conflicts include Polish refugees in the 1940s, Vietnamese and Cambodian people in the 1970s and 1980s, and people from Somalia Read more