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The title image from of The Siege of Chernihiv video (Common Home TV)

A new video from apostolate Common Home TV depicts the reality of the war in Ukraine and those who remain in the country working for peace. Source: Redemptorists Oceania. 

Common Home TV was granted rare access to the Redemptorist community in Chernihiv. From February 24 to April 4, unguided bombs indiscriminately hit the city, causing civilian casualties and the mass destruction of infrastructure.

In the Siege of Chernihiv, Ukraine-based Redemptorist Fr Taras Kchik explains the dramatic, never-before-seen footage of Russia’s invasion. 

The video shows the mobilisation of the Redemptorists and their efforts to help the community. From opening the church to shelter those who could not escape to organising supplies; to supporting hospital staff and those in palliative care, the Redemptorist charism of supporting the abandoned comes to life in this short documentary.

The choice to remain and provide support is a dangerous one; since the recording of this video two Redemptorist priests have been arrested and detained by Russian forces.

Fr Taras’ Redemptorist confrères in Oceania are committed to working towards a swift and peaceful end to this conflict.

Ukrainian Catholic Bishop Mykola Bychok, also a Redemptorist, said: “Through watching this video, I have seen the wounds of Ukraine and its people. St Alphonsus Liguori, the founder of the Redemptorists, was close to the people, especially to the abandoned. 

“Following his example, Ukrainian Redemptorists were and still are also close to people, giving them support during the war. They have shown them the unconditional love of God through their ministry: we are not alone; God is with us.”

Common Home TV is an apostolate of the Redemptorists of Oceania that aims to provide a platform for quality Catholic video content from producers both national and international. 


The Siege of Chernihiv (Redemptorists Oceania)