Statement on War in Ukraine

Soldiers of the 18th Airborne Corps arrive in Wiesbaden, Germany, in support of NATO allies. U.S. Army photo.

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services, USA, issued the following statement on the war in Ukraine:

“The world watches in horror as one European Nation invades another and we cry out: when will the insanity cease?  In the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, the concern is immediate. As I make pastoral visits to military installations in Wyoming and Colorado, I can feel the tension and the uncertainty. Many troops are already deployed in central Europe and others are on the way.

“I would ask my brother Bishops and priests to be sensitive to the families of those deployed—some are also from National Guard Units (“Civilian Soldiers”). Many worship and are active in civilian parishes and schools. They need support, interest, and prayerful concern.

“We all pray for peace and for an end to the aggression against the good people of Ukraine. I cannot help but to remember the many Catholics of the Ukrainian Eparchies in our country who must have families and friends now caught up in a senseless war.

“May Our Lady of Peace intercede for us!”