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Pope appreciates S. Koreans' contribution to vaccine sharing campaign

All News 17:43 July 15, 2021

SEOUL, July 15 (Yonhap) -- Pope Francis has thanked Cardinal Andrew Yeom Soo-jung, archbishop of Seoul, for contributing to the Vatican's initiative to provide COVID-19 vaccines to poor countries, the Archdiocese of Seoul said Thursday.

In May, the archdiocese sent the Vatican US$1 million it raised during a donation campaign. Cardinal Yeom started the fundraising on Easter Sunday in April, responding to the pope's call to distribute the life-saving doses to the poor and vulnerable.

This photo released by the Archdiocese of Seoul on July 15, 2021, shows a letter Pope Francis sent to Cardinal Andrew Yeom Soo-jung, the archbishop of Seoul, on June 1. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonnap)

"I received the offering that you, on behalf of the Archdiocese of Seoul, sent me to provide COVID-19 vaccines for the poor," Pope Francis said in a letter sent to Cardinal Yeom on June 1.

"I would like to thank you for your significant gesture of charity. Thanks to your donation many vulnerable and needy people around the world will be able to benefit from the vaccine through the work of the Office of Papal Charities," he said.

Catholic dioceses across the country will continue to raise funds for the vaccine-sharing campaign through Nov. 27, the last day of the Jubilee of the 200th anniversary of the birth of St. Andrew Kim Tae-gon, the first native Catholic priest and patron saint of Korea, the Archdiocese of Seoul said.

In this AFP photo, Pope Francis appears on a balcony of the Agostino Gemelli Polyclinic in Rome, where he is recovering from intestinal surgery, on July 11, 2021. (Yonhap)


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