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 Vatican officially announces humanitarian action in Zaporizhia, intended for victims of Donbas conflict

Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin paid the official one-day visit to Zaporizhia June 16 where he officially announced the launch of Vatican's humanitarian action "Pope to Ukraine" intended for the victims of the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

Censor.NET reports citing Religious Information Service of Ukraine.

Cardinal Parolin started his visit to Ukraine in Zaporizhia, with plans to visit the capital city after that. He has scheduled meetings with the Ukrainian president, representatives of state and local authorities, hierarchy of the Catholic Church, internally displaced persons, and the Committee of "Pope for Ukraine" in Kyiv.

On April 24, following the call of Pope Francis, Catholics around the globe began collecting assistance to Ukraine. In addition, a significant amount of donations was allocated personally by the Pope. To distribute the aid, a special technical committee was established. Bishop of Kharkiv and Zaporizhzhia Diocese of Roman Catholic Church in Ukraine Jan Sobilo, who is renowned for multiple humanitarian activities, was appointed Chairman of the committee.

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"We have great hope for sincere help of people who care, as the funds from the Pope should be given to the poorest of the poor. I understand very well that there may be a lot of criticism, accusations of unfair distribution of the funds and I am ready to be a "cat to be skinned alive," the Bishop joked during the press conference.

"There will always be those unsatisfied, but the funds will be allocated transparently. The Committee will decide to whom they will be provided and there will be full accountability. We will work together with government agencies, departments of social protection of ordinary citizens, priests, parishioners of various churches. We understand peculiarities of sending aid to the territory uncontrolled by Ukraine - it will go through the distribution to needy believers," he said.


 
 
 
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