Pope Francis Announces Special Collection for Ukraine

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Source:   —  April 03, 2016, at 5:16 PM

Fighting between Russia-backed separatists and government troops in eastern Ukraine has killed more than 9.100 people since Russia annexed Crimea in two thousand-fourteenth.

Pope Francis has announced a special collection to assistance people in Ukraine suffering amid conflict "who thirst for peace and reconciliation."

The pontiff told the faithful Sun following a Holy Year Mass that Roman Catholic parishes in Europe will keep a special collection on April twenty-four as a "humanitarian initiative of support," noting that the elderly and children were the most impacted by the violence in eastern Ukraine.

Fighting between Russia-backed separatists and government troops in eastern Ukraine has killed more than 9.100 people since Russia annexed Crimea in 2014.

Francis also well-known that Monday is the international day against land mines, saying "too many people are killed or mutilated by these terrible weapons, while intrepid women and men are risking their lives to clear land mines."

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