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Russian-Ukraine war

Answering the refugee crisis as a matter of faith

By Waseem Ahmad, Anne Burghardt, and Mark Hetfield — June 22, 2022
(RNS) — Faith groups are usually the first responders when people are displaced, and the last.

Russian Orthodox head escapes EU sanctions thanks to Orban

By Samuel Petrequin — June 2, 2022
BRUSSELS (AP) — The Hungarian government said sanctioning Kirill would have been inappropriate on grounds of respect for religious freedom.

Ukrainian Orthodox primate: ‘We are called to stop this evil’

By Lew Nescott Jr. — May 31, 2022
(RNS) — Epiphanius, leader of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, called Patriarch Kirill 'more of a state authority than a religious pastor,' and alleged that Kirill shares responsibility for war crimes with Putin.

How a witch is using her grandmother’s Slavic magic to aid Ukraine’s war effort

By Emily McFarlan Miller — May 20, 2022
(RNS) — Madame Pamita's new book 'Baba Yaga's Book of Witchcraft' was released just after Russia's invasion of Ukraine — 'exactly at the time that it was so needed,' she said.

Vatican foreign minister to visit Ukraine as pope toes delicate line

By Nicole Winfield — May 17, 2022
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Archbishop Paul Gallagher's trip comes as the Holy See toes a delicate line in trying to keep alive newly improved ties with the Russian Orthodox Church while offering support to the “martyred” Ukrainian faithful.

How burying the dead keeps the living human

By Dimitris Xygalatas — May 9, 2022
(The Conversation) — Ukrainian families’ anguish at not being able to bury their loved ones underscores a deep human need, an anthropologist writes.

Faith-based NGOs are helping Ukraine’s children. Now we have to prove it.

By Brian Peterson — May 6, 2022
(RNS) — Faith-based aid groups need to prove the effectiveness of their holistic approach to caring for refugees.

Lost in Ukraine and SCOTUS: Five urgent Christian persecution situations

By David Curry — May 6, 2022
(RNS) — The American media’s single-story focus has crowded out alarming developments on the religious freedom front.

EU reportedly mulling sanctions on Patriarch Kirill

By Jack Jenkins — May 4, 2022
(RNS) — On Tuesday, Patriarch Kirill denied that Russia’s actions in Ukraine amounted to an invasion, insisting ‘Russia has never attacked anyone.’

Will the World Council of Churches expel Kirill? We talk with Bishop Mary Ann Swenson

By Jack Jenkins — May 3, 2022
(RNS) — ‘The Orthodox community is very, very important in the World Council of Churches,’ Swenson said.

Pope Francis says NATO, ‘barking at Russia’s door,’ shares blame for Ukraine

By Claire Giangravé — May 3, 2022
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — In an interview with Il Corriere della Sera, the pope said he hopes to visit Moscow and meet President Vladimir Putin.

How the war between Russia and Ukraine is roiling the faith tradition they share

By J. Eugene Clay — May 3, 2022
(The Conversation) — Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has put a spotlight on the views of the Russian Orthodox Church.

Muslims mark Eid al-Fitr holiday with joy, worry

By Kathy Gannon, Mariam Fam, and Niniek Karmini — May 2, 2022
CAIRO (AP) — This year, Muslims around the world are observing Eid al-Fitr in the shadow of a surge in global food prices exacerbated by the war in Ukraine.

Dreher’s war, part 1

By Mark Silk — April 30, 2022
(RNS) — The first of two columns on how America's best-known Orthodox Christian writer looks at the war in Ukraine.

What Russia’s crimes in Ukraine reveal about the secular culture’s ethics

By Charles C. Camosy — April 29, 2022
(RNS) — In the world of Catholic moral theology, some crimes are called intrinsically evil.
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