Pope Francis has reportedly sent financial aid to the residents of the fire-stricken areas in Greece.
According to Vatican News, Pope Francis sent a financial support package destined to those in Greece affected by fires that devastated several parts of the country, particularly the island of Evia, the Peloponnese and Attica.
Specifically, the amount of 50,000 euros was sent thru Caritas Hellas, the humanitarian branch of the Catholic Church in Greece.
According to a Vatican press release, the donations are meant to express “Pope Francis’ feelings of spiritual closeness and paternal encouragement to the people and territories affected.”
“They accompany prayer and are part of the aid that is being activated throughout the Catholic Church, which also involves numerous charitable organisations.”
About Caritas Hellas
Founded in 1976 by the Catholic Bishops in Greece, Caritas Hellas (Caritas Greece) has a mission to promote and safeguard human dignity through social support services to migrants and refugees, advocate on behalf of the poor and needy and provide humanitarian aid when natural disasters or other types of emergency situations occur.
Caritas Hellas has an extensive range of programmes that include offering nourishment and expert social support services to a rapidly growing population of refugees and immigrants, young people in need, the elderly and needy families. On a daily basis, the service includes the distribution of food, clothes, education, counseling and psychological support to 300 people, including 80 children. In addition, Caritas Hellas also has a prison-visiting programme that offers ethical support and facilitates links with families.