Holy See receives medical supplies from Poland - Warsaw Archdiocese

The Warsaw Archdiocese said the transport was officially received by Papal Almoner, Cardinal Konrad Krajewski (pictured), who will look after its distribution. Claudio Peri/PAP/EPA

The Vatican has received masks, disinfectants and protective suits sent from Poland, to aid in the fight with coronavirus pandemic, the Warsaw Archdiocese press office told PAP on Saturday.

The Warsaw Archdiocese said the transport was officially received by Papal Almoner, Cardinal Konrad Krajewski, who will look after its distribution.

The donation of gifts was the result of recent talks between President Andrzej Duda and Pope Francis, in which the president informed the pope about the aid activities organised by Poland, including medical-military missions and assistance via equipment. He assured Pope Francis that Poland had not forgotten about the Italians who were suffering, and promised support. (PAP)

According to Polish Ambassador to the Holy See Janusz Kotański, the assistance would go not only to the most needy, but also to employees of the Holy See, the Vatican Gendarmerie and the Swiss Guard. "This is an example of Polish solidarity with suffering Italy, and with those who need it the most," Kotański said.

The transfer of medical supplies was conducted by PKN Orlen, Poland's biggest petroleum company.