Pope Francis expressed gratitude to The Papal Foundation for its efforts to provide aid to Ukrainians suffering amid the war in a meeting at the Vatican on Thursday.

The foundation’s executive director David Savage told CNA on April 28 that it had recently approved an initial grant of $100,000 to support the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church (UGCC) as it organizes new offices in Lviv, western Ukraine.

“The grant for the UGCC Patriarchal Curia will go towards maintaining Church structures and strengthening institutional capacity so it can better provide large-scale humanitarian assistance and pastoral care in Ukraine during the war,” Savage said following the meeting with the pope.

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