: Vatican will establish special 'The Pope for Ukraine' committee

16:20 Jun. 12, 2016

Vatican will establish special 'The Pope for Ukraine' committee

Pope Francis waves to the crowd as he arrives for his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, May 18, 2016. (AP Photo)

Pontiff's appeal helps collect donations for Donbas

Pope Francis has initiated the creation of a special committee for distributing charity funds collected for Ukraine, reports Radio Vatican.

The new committee will be titled 'The Pope for Ukraine'. Jan Sobiło, Auxiliary Bishop of Kharkiv-Zaporizhia, has already been appointed its chief.

The donations have been raised in response to Pope's appeal to help the victims of the armed conflict in Ukraine's Donbas. In addition to the collected funds, Pope Francis will make a personal contribution to the humanitarian aid to Ukraine. According to the Holy See's official statement, "the proceeds are destined exclusively for the benefit of the population afflicted by war, without distinction on the basis of religion, confession or ethnic origin."

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