A representative of the Vatican, Cardinal Konrad Krajewski, is on a visit to Lviv. He visited the city on the occasion of the consecration of the Church of St. John Paul II and the territory of the construction of a Shelter for Single Women.
This is reported by the press service of the Lviv City Council.
The Cardinal began his stay in the city by visiting the town Hall. The guest of honor met with the mayor of Lviv Andriy Sadovyi and left an entry in the Book of Honorary Guests of the city.
"That we may never cover God with ourselves! With prayer and blessing for the residents of beautiful Lviv," Cardinal Konrad Krajewski wrote in the Book of Honorary Guests of Lviv.
Before the visit to the town Hall, the Cardinal, together with the Deputy Prime Minister of Poland Jacek Sasin, visited the Pulpit and the Boim Chapel, walked around the Market square and looked at the farmers' fair, which today earned near the town Hall.
During his visit to Lviv, the papal almoner (distributor of alms) Cardinal Konrad Krajewski, together with the Deputy Prime Minister of Poland Jacek Sasin and Mayor of Lviv Andriy Sadovyi, also honored the memory of the newest Heroes at the memorial of the Heroes of the Heavenly Hundred.
They laid flowers at the Memorial and prayed for the defenders of Ukraine. Mayor Andriy Sadovyi told the guests of honor the history of the construction of the Memorial. He then noted that the city of Lviv expects a second visit of the Cardinal together with the Pope.
After laying the cornerstone for a future Home for single and homeless women, the cardinal said:
"My country is now the Vatican, although I am a Pole. And today I represent Pope Francis. And I also want to say that the poor have always been and will be numerous. The office that I represent is the part that deals with charity matters. Today, when we embedded the cornerstone, I was telling that when our account is empty, it is good. Therefore, my task is to make sure that the Pope's account is always empty. And if it's empty, it means that we've helped a lot of people. And among those whom we provide aid, there are also residents of Lviv. Jesus never looked at nationality, origin, or religion; he just helped. And our task is to help. And the Pope's aid is unique in that as soon as we start providing it, there are many more people who support this initiative. And so we are happy that the Pope supported the first brick."
Metropolitan and Archbishop of the RCC of Lviv Mieczyslaw Mokrzycki is convinced that the visit of Cardinal Konrad Krajewski is a special gesture of Pope Francis.
"Cardinal Konrad Krajewski, as the Pope's almoner, will come here to us to also show the affinity of Pope Francis with our people, our Church in Ukraine. This is a great gesture of Pope Francis, as well as the great love of Cardinal Konrad Krajewski, who was a close collaborator of Pope John Paul II for many years," he said.
Among the key events of the visit is the consecration of the Church of St. Nicholas. John Paul II (Lviv-Sokilnyky).