The desecrated face of a statue of the crucified Christ in a Jerusalem church should move Catholics around the world “to recognize the pain of so many of our brothers and sisters” in the Holy Land, who have experienced the tragedy of violence and natural disasters, said a top Vatican official.
Vatican official asks Catholics to give to Good Friday collection
Malawi and Mozambique caught in dire consequences of Cyclone Freddie
Over 490,000 people have been displaced and are sheltering in over 500 sites across flood-affected areas of Malawi, as communities begin to reckon with the damage wrought by the Tropical Cyclone Freddy weather system, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
American Catholics stand with Ukraine, one year after Russian full-scale invasion
Metropolitan Archbishop Borys Gudziak of Philadelphia, head of the Ukrainian Catholic Church in the U.S., told participants at a Feb. 18 ecumenical prayer service in New York that “everywhere (he) went” during a recent trip to Ukraine, “people thanked Americans” for their generous aid and advocacy over the past year.
Catholic charities sending millions in aid to an ailing Syria and Turkey after deadly earthquake
Following the Feb. 6 earthquake that left more than 40,000 dead and thousands more injured or homeless, humanitarian needs in Turkey and Syria are desperate, especially in Syria that has suffered a bloody civil war for almost 12 years.
‘We cannot defend ourselves without arms,’ Ukrainian archbishop says in a Catholic panel
Archbishop Shevchuk said he was “very concerned” by news of escalating Russian frontline attacks, as bombing became an “everyday reality” in many regions of Ukraine, and he reiterated his gratitude for Western support.
Catholic aid agencies launch emergency collections for quake victims in Turkey, Syria
A powerful 7.8 magnitude earthquake rocked areas of Syria and Turkey early that morning, toppling hundreds of buildings and killing more than 2,800 people.
Ukraine’s embattled religious orders keep faith and hope alive amid war
hroughout the war, friars from Ukraine have been sending letters to their Dominican communities across the globe, and to journalists, describing efforts by fellow clergy to sustain church life amid scenes of devastation and despair from Lviv in the west to Izyum and Kherson in eastern Ukraine.
Vatican funding for charitable works totals $10.7 million in 2022; $2.2 million alone goes to needs in Ukraine
The Vatican Dicastery for the Service of Charity, led by Polish Cardinal Konrad Krajewski, spent $2.2 million in 2022 for humanitarian help in Ukraine.