Posts Tagged ‘Russia-Ukraine’

Global food crisis; war’s spectral shadow looms large

Monday, May 30th, 2022
Global food crisis

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

Join Pope Francis as he consecrates Ukraine and Russia

Thursday, March 24th, 2022

New Zealand’s Catholic bishops are inviting all Catholics in New Zealand to join with them and others across the globe to pray with Pope Francis as he consecrates Ukraine and Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. New Zealand’s bishops are asking Catholics to offer special prayers for everyone caught in the Ukraine war by Read more

Ukrainian family reunification gets Caritas support

Thursday, March 24th, 2022

Caritas is standing behind the government’s announcement to allow the reunification of families for Ukrainians living in New Zealand. “We welcome this announcement in that it provides a shelter from the storms of war. It’s a way out for vulnerable Ukrainians leaving a war zone and seeking to reunite with family members. “This expanded category Read more

Poles welcome over a million refugees into their homes

Thursday, March 10th, 2022

Well over a million refugees have crossed the border from Ukraine into Poland since the Russian invasion began three weeks ago. The Catholic Church in Poland is among those stepping up to welcome and care for for them and is encouraging all Poles to do the same. Poles as one are responding with open arms. The Read more

Questioning the morality of Ukraine’s violent resistance

Wednesday, March 9th, 2022

The response of Catholic moral theologians to the Russian invasion of Ukraine has been universally negative. “The war in Ukraine is a spiritual, human and ecological catastrophe,” said Eli S. McCarthy, a peace activist at Georgetown University’s Justice and Peace Studies, in a recent email to me. The view is shared by Catholic pacifists as Read more

Kirill, the extremely political Russian Orthodox patriarch

Monday, March 7th, 2022

“May the Lord preserve the Russian land… A land which now includes Russia and Ukraine and Belarus and other tribes and peoples.” A Sunday sermon with very political overtones. It was delivered on February 27 at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow by Patriarch Kirill, head of the Russian Orthodox Church. The 75-year-old Read more

Ethical practice: Russian investments off-limits in NZ

Thursday, March 3rd, 2022

Good ethical practice has it that now’s the time to rid yourself of any investments in schemes that benefit Russia in any way. Early starters are KiwiSaver managers, some of whom have been selling millions of dollars in investments in Russian companies. Others, like the New Zealand Superannuation Fund, are reviewing their positions as Russia Read more