Posts Tagged ‘Ukraine’

Homeless help humanitarian effort in Ukraine

Monday, September 4th, 2023

A group of homeless men joined “the pope’s team,” on 30 August and helped to unload a truck full of humanitarian supplies for Ukraine. The following day they received a personal thanks from Pope Francis. Cardinal Konrad Krajewski, the papal almoner confirmed that the Pope was aware of the men’s hard work. “I asked them 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

Aid to the Church in Need donates millions to Ukraine

Monday, June 19th, 2023
Aid to the Church in Need

Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) says its support for the Church in Ukraine topped €9.5 million last year. The Catholic charity’s 2022 annual accounts show almost 10 percent of its aid went to support 353 vital projects in Ukraine. Some of that was spent on internally displaced persons (IDPs). Ukranian Bishop Yosafat Hovera Read more

The pope’s still flying high

Monday, May 1st, 2023

Isten hozott Magyarországon! That’s a common way of saying, “Welcome to Hungary!” Literally, it means God (Isten) brought you here. And in the case of Pope Francis’ weekend visit to Budapest, the nation’s picturesque capital straddling both sides of the Danube, one could also say “ITA hozott”. ITA, of course, is currently Italy’s flagship airline. Read more

Vatican involved in secret Ukraine peace mission

Monday, May 1st, 2023

The Vatican is involved in a peace mission to try to end the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, Pope Francis said on Sunday, adding that it was also ready to help repatriate Ukrainian children taken to Russia or Russian-occupied land. “There is a mission in course now but it is not yet public. When it Read more

Far-right Poles have Ukraine on their minds at Independence Day march

Monday, November 14th, 2022

Warsaw’s annual “Independence March” by far-right nationalist groups has long been used to espouse Polish pride, but Ukraine was on their minds at this year’s event. “Hitler is dead but Putin is alive and he is repeating history with the Ukrainians,” declared Stanislaw Fidurski, a 95-year-old retired colonel at Friday’s march, which was led by Read more

Russia’s rape of Ukraine girls, boys and women: chilling

Thursday, October 20th, 2022
rape of Ukrainian women

Supplying Russian soldiers with Viagra and condoning the rape of Ukrainian women, men and children is being jointly criticised by the UN and Ukrainian Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk. Their stories “simply break the heart, make the blood run cold in your veins. “This war will go down in history as one in which Russia uses sexual Read more

Cardinal in Ukraine dodges Russian bullets

Monday, September 19th, 2022
Dodges Russian Bullets

Cardinal Konrad Krajewski and those working with him emerged unscathed after they came under fire on Saturday, near the Ukrainian city of Zaporizhzhia. Krajewski, was sent by Pope Francis to Ukraine to show the pope’s “closeness” to the Ukrainian people. “It would be good if you could go again to Ukraine, to the war zones, Read more

From contemplative silence to hosting refugees

Monday, August 29th, 2022
hosting refugees

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

Ukraine: “We are prepared for sudden and unexpected death”

Monday, August 22nd, 2022

A conversation with the 44-year-old bishop Bishop Pavlo Honcharuk of the Ukraine Latin diocese of Kharkiv – Zaporizhzhia. Honcharuk describes life in his diocese at the moment. Could you describe the situation in your diocese, which has become the main theatre of this terrible war? Our Church is alive and active! Priests and faithful are Read more