Money from Pope will go to migrants on Belarus border, Polish charity says

Money donated by Pope Francis will be used to help migrants stuck on the border between Poland and Belarus, a Catholic Polish charity has said.

Since last summer, thousands of migrants, most from the Middle East, have attempted to cross the Polish frontier from Belarus and enter the European Union.

The Vatican announced on Tuesday that the pope will send EUR 100,000 to Caritas Polska, "to deal with the migration emergency on the border between the two countries."

Caritas Polska's director, Father Marcin Izycki, said on Thursday that the donation from the pope, "will be allocated to emergency aid and long-term support for people coming to Poland."

He added that the support of the Vatican would allow it to expand the scope of its intervention activities.