The "Pope for Ukraine" campaign from the Most Holy Father Francis aimed at helping all citizens of Ukraine who became victims of the military operations in the East or turned into internal migrants. The Apostolic Nuncio in Ukraine, Archbishop Claudio Gugerotti, reported this at a press conference, Ukrinform reports. In total, he said, the campaign participants managed to collect 16 million euros.
“The Pope wanted to make the way in which this assistance is distributed really special. On one Sunday, Pope said from the window of his apostolic palace during the Angelus prayer that the money would be gathered... The collection (of funds, ed.) was held in all the churches of Europe. And the result was very generous: more than 11 million euros, to which the Pope added another 5 million from his personal funds," Gugerotti said.
He noted that the "Pope for Ukraine" campaign was proclaimed so that Ukrainians did not feel lonely and abandoned, and was aimed at those who are victims of the war in Donbas.
For the distribution of this fund on the September 1st, 2017, the State Vatican Secretariat approved the Technical Secretariat headed by His Excellency Eduard Kava OFM Conv, the Bishop-assistant of the Lviv Archdiocese of the Roman-Catholic Church who took up the work of the Technical Committee. 15-20 June 2016 the Vatican State Secretary Cardinal Pietro Parolin launched “the Pope for Ukraine” Initiative by his visit and a Technical Committee “in loco” was organized in Zaporizhzhya, headed by Jan Sobilo, Bishop-assistant of the Kharkiv-Zaporizhzhya diocese of the Roman Catholic Church in Ukraine. The Technical Committee had been working from June 20, 2016, until September 1, 2017. During this period more than 400 projects of big and small grants have been studied and the key partners have been chosen for further cooperation. Currently, the competition of grant projects’ applications is closed. The Technical Secretariat continues its work with the humanitarian organizations which gained a good reputation on the previous stage of the Initiative. The main goal of the Initiative at this point is getting ready for the winter.
Earlier Pope Francis in the Easter appeal wished for peace to Ukraine.
"Ukraine needs the fruits of peace to strengthen the steps for the benefit of consent and facilitate the implementation of the humanitarian initiatives, needed by the population," he said.