Say it ain't so, Pope Francis!
While delivering his weekly Sunday homily, the leader of the Roman Catholic accidentally uttered the Italian equivalent of the F-word.
The Pope inadvertently confused the Italian word "caso," which can mean a case or example, with the swear word "cazzo," though he hardly let it rattle him as he made his way through his sermon. more >>
The head of the Ukrainian Catholic Church has called on the people to be ready to sacrifice their lives to protect the country's freedom, as the threat of a Russian attack looms over the horizon.
"Ukraine, unfortunately, has been pulled into a military conflict. So far no one is shooting, so far people are not dying, but it is obvious that military intervention has already begun," Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk of Kiev-Halych said in a statement over the weekend, Catholic News Service reported on Monday.
"Our people and our country are currently in danger," the archbishop added. "We must stand up for our country, to be ready -- if necessary -- to sacrifice our lives in order to protect the sovereign, free, independent, and unified state." more >>
As the crisis in Ukraine remains precarious and Russian President Vladimir Putin says he reserves the right to use force to bring things under control there, this statement from the Embassy of the Russian Federation to the United Kingdom explains exactly how he feels about it.
In the statement, released on March 1, Russia says they are hoping for a political solution to the crisis.
Russia remains open to cooperation with all partners in order to seek a political solution to the crisis. What is needed is a clear understanding that this cooperation is honest and based not simply on the ability to hold fruitful negotiations but also on the ability to comply with agreements that take account of the interests of the entire Ukrainian people and all partners of Ukraine. more >>
President Barack Obama condemned Russia's military intervention in Ukraine, saying on Monday that the United States is considering diplomatic and economic steps "that will isolate Russia."
Russia is on "the wrong side of history," Obama told reporters from the White House as he denounced the country for violating Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity and international law.
"There a violation of previous agreements that Russia has made with respect to how it treats and respects its neighbors, and as a consequence we got strong statements from NATO, from the G7, condemning the actions that Russia has taken," he stated. more >>
British Foreign Secretary William Hague has called the growing crisis in Ukraine the "biggest in Europe in the 21st Century" as 6,000 Russian troops took control of the Crimean Peninsula in Ukraine on Monday.
"Clearly we are very concerned about any possibility of a further move by Russia in other parts of Ukraine but that does not mean the position in the Crimea is stable," Hague told BBC.
"This is a very tense situation and dangerous situation that Russia's intervention has now produced." more >>
Ukraine's acting president Oleksandr Turchynov has called for the full mobilization of the country's troops early Sunday, and had sought help from NATO amid fears of war. The nation's Foreign Minister has also looked to seek help from U.S. and U.K. leaders as the newly installed leadership in the troubled country quickly moves to guarantee its security.
The developments in Ukraine have been sparked after Russian President Vladimir Putin received his parliament's unanimous approval to deploy troops in Ukraine - defying warnings from the United States and Western countries not to intervene. Russian troops have already moved in an united with local allies to largely take control in Crimea, a Black Sea province of Ukraine that once belonged to Russia until 1954, and remains largely pro-Russian.
Ethnic Russian forces, who seized Crimea without any violence over the weekend, made attempts to disarm the small Ukrainian contingents there Sunday, according to Reuters. more >>