13:56 Jun. 17, 2016
Vatican is eager to help the victims of violence in eastern Ukraine - Cardinal Pietro Pazolini
Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Secretary of State of His Holiness the Pope, says that the Holy See would provide several million euros in donations to Ukraine to support "victims of violence in eastern Ukraine," according to the BBC's Ukrainian language news service.
According to Parolin, the funds will be given to internally displaced people who have left their homes, residents of the so-called "grey zone" near the front line, people who live in the territories beyond the control of Ukrainian authorities, especially children, the elderly and single-parent families with young children, as well as people who have lost home, the wounded people and those who have suffered from tortures.
The most essential aid will be first provided including staple food, water, clothes, medicines, shelter, according to Parolin who was visiting the Ukrainian city of Zaporizhia.
The aid will be distributed through the Catholic Church's charitable organizations, as well as other humanitarian organizations and volunteers. The Vatican Secretary of State introduced in Zaporizhia a special 'The Pope for Ukraine' technical committee chaired by Bishop Jan Sobilo.
Reported by UNIAN