Tag: Christmas

Ukrainians Celebrate Orthodox Christmas at a Holy Site Long Linked to Moscow

As the tug of war for the Orthodox faithful in Ukraine rages on, the head of the church that is loyal to Kyiv delivered a Christmas sermon for the first time at the country’s most historically significant monastery. The Mass on Saturday marked a deeply symbolic moment, showing the deep fracture with the separate Moscow-led […]

Pope Francis’ Christmas Address Bemoans ‘Grave Famine of Peace’

Pope Francis used his Christmas address from a balcony overlooking a crowded St. Peter’s Square on Sunday to call for “concrete gestures of solidarity” with besieged Ukrainians living through the holiday “in the dark and cold, far from their homes due to the devastation caused by 10 months of war.” Lamenting that the “icy winds […]

Christmas in Ukraine: Flickering Lights, Patriotic Trees and Hope for Peace

KYIV, Ukraine — Hundreds of missiles and drones aimed at Ukraine’s energy infrastructure have left millions of people without power — and dozens of cities without Christmas lights. It was no accident that the wave of attacks came before the holidays and in the darkest and coldest time of year, said Denys Shmyhal, Ukraine’s prime […]

At Least 7 Killed in Kherson Shelling, Fueling Anger Over Christmas Strikes

Bridget Brink, the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, condemned the “brutal” strike on a city whose citizens had “already suffered so much” when retreating Russian forces cut off power and water to Kherson on their way out. “Truly horrific, especially on Christmas Eve,” she tweeted. Russia’s war in Ukraine is now fought in two largely separate […]

A Christmas Tree Brings Life to a Destroyed Palestinian Village

Amid the limestone ruins of homes in a village razed by Israeli forces long ago, a Christmas tree adorned with red and gold baubles went up on a recent evening, watched by a crowd of former residents and their descendants. Shahnaz Doukhy, 44, her husband and two sons were among about 60 people who attended […]

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