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Monday, September 19, 2022
Close call in Ukraine for the Pope's personal representative
Pope Francis’ representative in Ukraine shot at while delivering aid
The incident happened while the Polish-born cardinal was bringing food and other supplies to people stuck in a “no-man’s land” on the front lines.
Krajewski and his companions came under small-arm’s fire and sought cover. “For the first time in my life,” he told Vatican News afterward, “I didn’t know where to run … because it’s not enough to run. You have to know where to go.”
Cardinal Konrad Krajewski, Prefect of the Dicastery for the Service of Charity, gets shot at as he delivers humanitarian aid in Pope Francis’ name near the Ukrainian city of Zaporizhzhia, emerging unscathed and continuing his mission.
Zaporizhzhia is a city in southeastern Ukraine, on the banks of the Dnieper river. Its nuclear power plant, which has been described as the largest in Europe, was offline for nearly a week as a precaution given the heavy fighting in the area. It is now back in operation, the New York Times reported Saturday.
Pope Francis announced Sept. 11 that Krajewski, prefect of the Dicastery for the Service of Charity, would be returning to Ukraine to “give concrete witness of the closeness of the pope and the Church.” This is his fourth trip there as papal almoner since the Russian invasion began on Feb. 24.
Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy told Reuters Friday that it was too soon to tell if Ukraine’s counteroffensive in the northeast part of the country will mark a turning point in the nearly seven-month-long war.