Dispatch of new humanitarian aid for Ukraine. Photo: Dicasterio per la Carita e il Servizio

Vatican to open home for war widows and single mothers in Ukraine

A major Korean company that has sent 300,000 rations of freeze-dried broth to the Vatican for distribution to people in the areas most affected by the war

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(ZENIT News / Vatican City, 08.30.2023).- Pope Francis’s almoner, Cardinal Konrad Krajewski, announced the dispatch of new humanitarian aid for Ukraine, which has just arrived at the Vatican from South Korea, along with an innovation for widows and mothers with children of soldiers who died in combat.

Two International Road Transport vehicles are carrying a shipment of food gifts from a major Korean company, which has sent 300,000 servings of freeze-dried broth to the Vatican for distribution among the population in the areas most affected by the war. These highly nutritious foods can be easily prepared with hot water.

Assisting in the unloading and transfer of the aid at the complex of the Greek-Catholic parish of Santa Sofia in Rome, from where it will depart to Ukraine, were 30 homeless individuals, guests of Pope Francis’s Dormitory, who readily volunteered to organize the shipment of aid.

Such operations have been carried out 106 times since the war in Ukraine began, as many times as trucks have been sent, explains the Pope’s almoner.

“In the upcoming trips to Ukraine,” adds the cardinal almoner, “we will not only bring food, but we will also inaugurate a large house in Lviv for war widows and mothers with children, built with the assistance of other organizations, but in which the Holy Father has played the leading role.”

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