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Papal envoy delivers aid to Ukraine under gunfire

Polish Cardinal Konrad Krajewski said in a Sept. 17 interview he and fellow clergy escaped attack while delivering humanitarian aid to suffering Ukrainians on Pope Francis' behalf.

Pakistani bishops say they need more help after deadly flooding

Record monsoons have created a dire need for emergency food, structural repairs and medical aid, said three bishops whose dioceses have been hit hard.

Pope: Under right conditions, nations may buy weapons for self-defense

Speaking to journalists Sept. 15 after his three-day trip to Kazakhstan, the pope responded to a question regarding the sale of weapons to Ukraine, saying that it can be "morally acceptable" under proper conditions.

Ukrainians ‘feel the power of your prayer,’ says major archbishop

The intercession of faithful "stops the war" and is "the source of our optimism (and) hope that together we will defeat evil," said Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk of Kyiv-Halych Sept. 14, designated by European bishops as a day of prayer for Ukraine.

Pope urges world leaders to ‘work for peace, not weapons’

"Only by serving the cause of peace, will you make a name for yourselves in the annals of history," said Pope Francis Sept. 15, speaking on the final day of the Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions in Kazakhstan.

Pope: Religions must be purified of extremism, self-righteousness

Fundamentalism, which "defiles and corrupts every creed," must be replaced with "open and compassionate hearts," said Pope Francis Sept. 14 at the Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions in Kazakhstan.

Arriving in Kazakhstan, pope makes case for peace

Ahead of an interreligious conference in the Central Asian nation, Pope Francis lamented "the senseless and tragic war that broke out with the invasion of Ukraine," and called peace the "essential path to development for our globalized world."

Papal almoner to make fourth visit to Ukraine

Polish Cardinal Konrad Krajewski will visit the cities of Odesa, Zhytomyr, Kharkiv and other locations in war-torn eastern Ukraine in coming days, with itinerary dates and details unspecified most likely due to security reasons.

Ukrainian bishops back U.N. reports of citizens deported to Russia

The forced relocation of Ukrainian citizens -- including children in orphanages -- is "just one of many human rights violations" being committed by the Russian Federation amid its brutal invasion of Ukraine, said bishops.

British Catholics, Pope Francis pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth II

Britain's longest-reigning monarch, who died Sept. 8, was a model of "unstinting service to the good of the nation" who lived out "devotion to duty, steadfast witness to faith in Jesus Christ and firm hope in his promises," said the pope.