Pope asks Europe’s Catholics to support the victims of war in Eastern Ukraine

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Pope Francis has appealed to Catholics in Europe to undertake a collection in their churches for humanitarian aid for Ukraine on Sunday 24 April 2016.

The purpose of this collection is to show support and compassion to victims of this all but forgotten hybrid war that continues unabated in the east of the country.

In this audio interview, Bishop Hlib Lonchyna, Eparchial Bishop of the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of the Holy Family of London, joins us in the studio to explain the Holy Father’s appeal and to remind us of the painful human suffering that continues two years after the conflict started.

Some 1.7 million people have been internally displaced. A million refugees have fled to neighbouring countries. Half a million do not have basic food and hundreds of thousands do not have access to safe drinking water.

Duration: 8m 14s


You can listen to our interview here.