Catholic Response for UKRAINE

In early March 2022, the representatives of major global Catholic-inspired humanitarian organizations formed a Catholic Response for Ukraine Working Group (CR4U) to coordinate their actions in the affected region (Ukraine, Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, Moldova, and Romania). The guiding principle for the coordination efforts is based on cultivating dialogue with the first-line actors as well as global level organizations. This effort is not intended to interfere with the initiatives undertaken by the respective Working Group members, but is be aimed at:

The members of the Working Group include:


International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC)

Msgr. Robert Vitillo - Secretary General

Christian Kostko, Management Consultant for CR4U Working Group


Caritas Internationalis

Moira Monacelli – Director of Operations

Caritas Europe

Maria Nyman - Secretary General


Jesuit Refugee Services Europe (JRS)

Fr. Alberto Ares, SJ - Regional Director

Claudia Bonamini – Policy and Advocacy Coordinator 


The Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union (COMECE)

José Luis Bazán - Secretary of the COMECE Working Group on Migration and Asylum, Legal Adviser

The Council of Bishops’ Conferences of Europe (CCEE)

Fr. Luis Okulik - Secretary of the Commission for Pastoral Care of Social Issues

Sovereign Order of Malta / Malteser International

Dr. Ivo Graziani - Chief of Cabinet to the Grand Hospitaller

Knights of Columbus

Mr. Szymon Czyszek


The Working Group collaborates closely with the following offices of the Roman Curia:

Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development (DSSUI)

Fr. Fabio Baggio - Under-Secretary


Migrants & Refugees Section (M&R)

Fr. Fabio Baggio and

Yuriy Tykhovlis - Regional Coordinator - Eastern Europe, Central Asia

Flaminia Vola - Regional Coordinator - Western Europe

Andrea Marchesani - Researcher

The shared strategic plan focused on five major areas:


The Working Group produces weekly updates on the situation in Ukraine and surrounding countries, featuring responses by the UN and other multi-lateral organizations as well as that of Working Group members, other Catholic-inspired, faith-based, and non-governmental organizations and other pertinent networking information and resource materials. Convenings of the Working Group are held bi-weekly and include presentations by various resource persons as well as updates by the Members and by officials of the Roman Curia and first-responders at field level.