: Vatican spearheading humanitarian mission to Ukraine

16:29 Apr. 23, 2016

Vatican spearheading humanitarian mission to Ukraine

Pope Francis, right, and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko are silhouetted during their meeting at the Vatican, Nov. 20, 2015. (AP Photo)

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On Sunday, April 24, most of the European Catholic churches are to raise funds for the humanitarian needs in Ukraine, thus responding to the Pope Francis' appeal.

The parishes are not only to spread the pontiff's initiative but also to inform their congregations about victims and consequences of the armed conflict in Ukraine's Donbas.

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The Vatican delegation headed by the Secretary of the Pontifical Council 'Cor Unum' that regulates humanitarian aid from the Holy See, will visit Ukraine after this Sunday's fund-raising event in the European churches.

'Of course, Ukraine is very grateful to the Pope. He announced fundraiser in Europe, although it is quite a peculiar thing: we are in Europe, so it turns out to be that Europe collects money for itself! The Holy Father does not focus on the strategic issues. Where the sufferings are, he always wants to help,' said Claudio Gugerotti, Papal Nuncio to Ukraine, according to RFE/RL.

Watch also Pope Francis prays for peace in Ukraine during Easter sermon in Vatican

In addition to the collected funds, Pope Francis will make a personal contribution to the humanitarian aid to Ukraine. However, the exact sum of Pope's donation remains unknown.


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