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Ukraine risks becoming “forgotten war”, Pope Francis says

Pope Francis holds a weekly general audience at the Vatican, on 10th January, 2024.

Vatican CityReuters Pope Francis is concerned that international attention is shifting away from the nearly two-year-old Russian war against Ukraine, the Ukrainian eastern-rite Catholic Church said on Wednesday. Russia launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February, 2022, and the two sides are locked in what has been described as a war of attrition, amid […]

Ukraine church leader: No deal with Russia if they see us as colony

Ukraine Kyiv Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk

Vatican CityReuters The head of Ukraine’s Byzantine-rite Catholic Church met Pope Francis on Monday and said there can be no dialogue with Russia as long as Moscow considered the neighbour it invaded a colony to be subjugated. Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk’s trip to the Vatican was his first trip outside Ukraine since the Russian invasion […]

Ukrainians want Russians removed from Pope’s Good Friday procession

Italy Rome Via Crucis Way of the Cross

Vatican CityReuters The Vatican’s decision to have both Ukrainians and Russians take part in Pope Francis’ “Way of the Cross” procession on Friday has caused friction with Ukrainian Catholic leaders, who want it to be reconsidered. The annual Via Crucis event on Good Friday at the Colosseum consists of the 14 Stations of the Cross, […]

Ukraine’s Catholic leader invites Pope to visit and help bring peace

Vatican Pope Francis and Ukrainian Greek Catholic Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk

Vatican CityReuters The leader of Ukraine’s Eastern-rite Catholics said on Tuesday he has invited Pope Francis to visit the country, calling it a huge gesture that would help bring peace at a time of tension with Russia. Speaking to reporters in a video conference from Kyiv, Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk said there was no need […]