The head of the Pope's charitable office, Cardinal Konrad Krajewski, has sent an open appeal to the world's Catholics asking them to donate thermal clothing which will be sent to Ukraine. Energy shortages resulting from the war have left many Ukrainians to brave the harsh winter without heat.
FR. VYACHESLAV GRYNEVYCH
General Secretary, Caritas Spes Ukraine
We don't have electricity for almost the whole day. We have to be careful when managing our time and needs because, for example, if you have a heating system, if you have to cook something, you have to time it exactly.
In his letter, Cardinal Krajewski asks for help to ensure that Ukrainians aren't cold for Christmas, and leaves the address of the Dicastery for Charity Services in the Vatican's Sant'Egidio courtyard where the clothing will be received. It will then be taken to Kyiv later this month.
The Polish cardinal was one of the Pope's envoys sent to Ukraine as his representative. He has been to Ukraine four times since the war began, and on one trip he brought this ambulance donated by Pope Francis to Lviv.