Cardinal Krajewski (right) hands the ambulance over to Lviv authorities

By Benedetta Capelli 

March 30 2022

The Papal Almoner, who arrived in Lviv on Sunday, has delivered the ambulance donated and blessed by Pope Francis for children injured in the ongoing war in Ukraine. It will be assigned to the Regional Center for Mother and Child Health.

In a concrete sign of closeness, support and help to the Ukrainian population experiencing great suffering because of war, Cardinal Konrad Krajewski, who heads the Office of Papal Charities, has brought a fully equipped ambulance to Lviv.

Ukrainian authorities, who are providing for some  250,000 internally displaced people from war zones, received the gift from Pope Francis who had blessed the vehicle in the Vatican before its departure.

“It is a great privilege for me to hand over the special gift of the ambulance on behalf of the Holy Father”, said Cardinal Krajewski . “It has a symbolic value, because the ambulance is used to save lives”.

“The Pontiff is always the one who builds bridges, who brings peace, and this ambulance is specifically for the people who suffer but also represents the Holy Father embracing them. It is a way of saying: “I am close to you, I suffer with you and I ask and beg for peace for this country which is in great difficulty”.”

“I have already handed over this ambulance to the prefect of Lviv and he thanked me, he thanked the Holy Father and said that the ambulance is destined for the paediatric hospital to save the children who come from war areas”, the Papal Almoner explained.

For injured children

The gift will be assigned to the regional Center For Mother And Child Health. One Ukrainian official  said it was an important gift because the number of refugees in the area has increased significantly. “Thank you Cardinal Krajewski! We thank Pope Francis for his prayers, for remembering Ukraine: it gives us strength! We want our next generation not to see war and to be healthy ”, he said.

Late in the morning today the Papal Almoner prayed in Lviv Cathedral.

This is his second visit to Ukraine since the outbreak of the war to bring Pope Francis’ closeness and support to those enduring the conflict. From 6 to 12 March he went to Rivne, Zhovkva and other conflict-affected places. -Vatican News

Pope Francis and Cardinal Krajewski inspect the ambulance in the Vatican