On the evening of Feb. 23, Emmanuele and Maria Capretti gathered with a community of other Catholic missionary families and Ukrainian Catholics in a home in Kyiv.
As they do every Wednesday evening, they prayed, listened to the word of God, and sang the psalms. Front page news headlines and rumors had been warning of an impending invasion of Ukraine by Russia for weeks. If the invasion were to happen, the families guessed, it would surely strike the eastern part of the country already embroiled for years in armed conflict with Russian-backed separatists, before Kyiv.
Still, the Caprettis, with their five children (ages 1 to 7) and another on the way, had to discern what to do in the same dilemma faced by the rest of the country: to stay or to go?