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Pope Francis, with Cardinal Konrad Krajewski, blesses an ambulance headed to Ukraine’s Ternopil region (CNS/Dicastery for Charity Services)

Pope Francis blessed an ambulance filled with medicine and first-aid equipment that will travel almost 3000 kilometres from the Vatican to support those wounded in Ukraine. Source: OSV News.

Cardinal Konrad Krajewski, papal almoner, will make his eighth trip into Ukraine to donate the ambulance and medical supplies to a hospital in the country’s Ternopil region, the Dicastery for the Charity Services announced yesterday. 

In Ternopil, “many convoys arrive every day which transport civilians and soldiers forced to flee the border area with Russia, where the fighting is most fierce,” the dicastery said.

It will be the third ambulance the Pope has sent to Ukraine and will be “a valuable tool to support those rescuing injured people”.

During his trip, the cardinal will also inaugurate the St John Paul II rehabilitation centre on Pope Francis’ behalf “for the integral physical and psychological rehabilitation of those who have suffered war trauma”.

The centre and others like it, “desired by Pope Francis”, were built with the contribution of some pontifical foundations, such as Aid to the Church in Need and the Papal Foundation, the statement said.

The dicastery noted that the centres “are open to everyone without any distinction of faith, of nationality and without any exclusion”.


Pope donates ambulance, opens rehabilitation center in Ukraine (By Justin McLellan, OSV News)