CNEWA Canada

War in Ukraine: Full-Scale war in it’s Second year

February 24th marks the second anniversary of the full-scale Russian attack on Ukraine. Our hearts, minds, and most sincere prayers are with all those affected by what has been a merciless war.  

Europe has not experienced such violence and destruction since World War II. The Russian attack has changed everything, however. Sadly, we continue to hear of the unimaginable numbers of people who are forced to flee Ukraine and the surrounding region so that they may rebuild their lives. The effects of this war leave not only physical but psychological wounds for countless people in Ukraine as well as those who have been welcomed to Canada.  

On this somber anniversary, we reflect on the following words from the “Pastoral Letter on Ukraine, Canada, and the Church,” which urges Christians to join in prayer and action for peace in Ukraine.  

“Without in any way minimizing or ignoring the suffering and sorrow caused by war and violence in other areas of the world,” the letter begins. 

“We stand together in inviting Christians and all people of good will to prayerfully consider how we are all called, and might contribute to, the achievement of peace in and for Ukraine.”  

With your support and generous trust in the mission of CNEWA, we are able to work hand in hand with partners like Caritas Ukraine who are on the frontlines of various projects which bring hope and healing to many affected by the war.  

We work with our partners on the ground to aid the displaced and provide medical care, living essentials and food. For us, 2024 has become a year focused on helping the millions of traumatized children within Ukraine by providing protection, safe living conditions and psychological support. As many children have become orphaned, CNEWA sees this as a pressing priority -one that must be addressed. 

Though there are insurmountable wounds from this war, both seen and unseen, we must support those affected by it with prayer and our own ability to give when we find it hard to hope. Join us as we continue to seek reconciliation in this dark time – for those in Ukraine and all those affected.  

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