March 28, 2014

Emergency Aid for Kiev & Odessa-Simferopol, during the Ukrainian Crisis

The international Catholic pastoral charity, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), is granting the Archdiocese of Kiev and the Crimean Diocese of Odessa-Simferopol emergency aid totaling $82,600. The intention is to help relieve distress and deprivation during the current crisis.

"In view of the persisting critical situation in Ukraine, the Archdiocese of Kiev and the Diocese of Odessa-Simferopol have asked us for support," Magda Kaczmarek, head of the relevant national section, confirmed.

Two thirds of the grant will be used among other things for the care of the sick, for psychological assistance, and for medicine.  One third of the money will be made available to military chaplains for gasoline and other transportation costs, especially for transfers between the mainland and the Crimean peninsula.

Auxiliary Bishop Jacek Pyl of Odessa-Simferopol had previously made a dramatic appeal to all parties involved in the Crimean conflict, admonishing them to renounce violence.  In his appeal, Bishop Pyl's said:

I am calling on all the people both faithful and the others that in the name of the solidarity with the heritage of our Fathers, who cared for the development of our Autonomous Republic of Crimea, to stay away from extremisms and in this hard time do not let the brotherhood among Crimean people to be broken. 

“In ARoC, we have Ukrainians, Russians, Crimean Tartars, Armenians, Poles, Germans, Czechsand many others living peacefully together.”

“For many centuries we had the Orthodox, Muslims, Protestants, Catholics, Jews, Karaims, people of other denominations together with atheists living in Crimea.”

“We cannot let our ethnic background nor our religion divide us now. We are children of the same God; the only God, who is our common Father."

 Aid to the Church in Need was founded in the ruins of WWII, during the Christmas
 Season of 1947.   It's chain of command literary begins with the Chair of Peter and
 it's the Catholic Church's version of the historic Marshall Plan.  It now enjoys the
 status of a Pontifical Foundation.  As the title indicates, ACN's clientele are those
 in need  ...  sometimes in immediate need.  So, if you are compelled to be part of
 the ACN experience, even in something as simple as donating a Mass stipend or
 two, feel free to contact Michael Varenne at  You're
 also welcomed to contact ACN via:

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