All funds donated by parish of the Roman Catholic Church in Europe on April 24 will be passed on to a fund managed by the Pontifical Council for humanitarian assistance to IDPs from Donbas, informed Head of Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church Svyatoslav Shevchuk during a press conference in Kyiv.
“These donations, initiated by Pope Francis, are a forerunner of a large scale humanitarian assistance aimed at easing the suffering of war victims in Ukraine”, - Shevchuk informed.
According to Shevchuk, the event will be officially announced by Secretary General of Vatican cardinal Pietro Parolin, who is expected to visit Ukraine.
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Currently the Vatican is gathering information about the number of people, who require assistance.
According to the President of international charity fund “Caritas-Ukraine” Andriy Vaskovych, currently the number of Internally Displaced Persons in Ukraine has reached 1,7 million people. 9,000 people have been killed as a result of military activity, 21,000 people have been injured. The data will be handed over to the administration of the Vatican.