Pope Francis' Presence Felt in Ukraine as 2 Vatican Cardinals Arrive to Support the People on Behalf of the Church
The head of the UGCC and the Metropolitan of the RCC in Ukraine met in Lviv the personal envoy of the Pope
On Tuesday, March 8, Cardinal Konrad Krajewski, the distributor of papal alms, arrived in Ukraine on a special mission. The purpose of his visit is to testify to the personal closeness of the Holy Father Francis to the Ukrainian people suffering from the war.
His Beatitude Sviatoslav, Father and Head of the UGCC, and Archbishop Mechyslav Mokshytsky, Metropolitan of the Lviv RCC in Ukraine, met the papal legate in Lviv. Cardinal Krajewski said that he wanted to visit social service centers in Ukraine and meet with refugees and all those who are victims of Russia's war against Ukraine.
During the meeting, Cardinal Krajewski, His Beatitude Sviatoslav and Archbishop Mieczyslaw had the opportunity to speak directly with Pope Francis. The papal legate told the Holy Father about his first impressions of the visit, in particular about what he saw in Poland. The Pope was also informed about the program of his envoy's visit to Ukraine, which was previously discussed by the participants of the meeting.
It is important to note that the papal legate's visit to Ukraine is not scheduled to end. The Holy Father instructed him to be in Ukraine as long as necessary to provide support for the Ukrainian people on behalf of the Apostolic See in these dramatic moments of its history.
"Pope Francis wants to be present in person through his legate. And this is the purpose of his visit, "the Head of the UGCC emphasizes.
A detailed program of Cardinal Konrad Krajewski's stay in Ukraine has not yet been published, but it is known that on Thursday, March 10, he will visit the UGCC's social service centers and take part in a joint prayer with representatives of the All-Ukrainian Council of Churches and Religious Organizations.
Recall that during a Sunday meeting with pilgrims on March 6, 2022, Pope Francis announced a special mission of two cardinals - Cardinal Krajewski, the Eliminarian to deliver aid to the needy, and Cardinal Czerny. at. prefect of the Dicastery of service to holistic human development. According to the Holy Father, the presence of two cardinals there, on the spot, is the presence not only of the Pope, but also of all the Christian people who want to be close and say: "War is madness! Stop, please! Look at this cruelty! ”