Rome Newsroom, 01 March, 2022 / 5:25 pm (ACI Africa).
A Catholic priest in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv is coordinating humanitarian efforts from a basement bomb shelter, where he has taken in 36 other people, mostly children, and their pets.
Father Vyacheslav Grynevych is the executive director of Caritas-Spes, a Catholic charity currently seeking to provide food, drinking water, safe accommodation, and hygiene kits to those affected by Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine.
As the sound of explosions and sirens filled Ukraine’s capital in recent days, the priest has had to continue his efforts from a basement shelter.
“We prepare projects and coordinate activities, even when hiding in the bomb shelters,” Grynevych said via Zoom at an online press conference on March 1.
“In my house, we have 37 people — children, generally with mothers — they felt this safe place in our church, in our house,” he said.