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Recent Grants

The Papal Foundation has awarded support to over 100 programs and projects in 2018. Grants and scholarships have totaled $15,000,000 as of yet, and reach around the world.

Eastern Europe
The Middle East
Africa
Central and South America
The Caribbean
Asia
The Pacific

Western Europe and North America
International

Eastern Europe

  • Albania – $88,000
    The Daughters of Mary Help of Christians resumed their apostolate in Albania after the end of the Communist period in 1991. In Tirana they established the Maria Mazzarello Center which houses a kindergarten for 75 children, an after-school program, and a residence for young women studying at the university. After years of encouragement from families, the Sisters have decided to expand their work so as to accompany children from kindergarten through college by building a new school center that would include all grades while continuing their current apostolic works. 

  • Albania – $12,000
    The Daughters of Charity and the Vincentian Fathers in Kosovo and Albania have organized small communities of young people into “Vincentian Youth Marian” groups, forming them in Vincentian spirituality and service to the poor. As an extension of this work, the Daughters of Charity will be running a two-week camp for young people aged 16 through 30. In addition to periods of common prayer and training in human formation, the expected 70 participants will serve the poor at various locations including an orphanage, nursing home, psychiatric hospital, handicapped center, and visits to homes. As part of this service, items such as food, clothing, and cleaning supplies are needed.

  • Romania – $100,000
    The Friars Minor have carried out missionary activity in Romania since the 13th century. Among their social and charitable activities is the provision of material support for the Roma (gypsies), abandoned or poor families, the elderly, the homeless, and the needy. One of the initiatives through which they accomplish this task is the project “Spreading Hope” which is underway in one of the poorest areas of the Romanian capital. The Province bought a house for €275,000 in this area in 2014 in order to implement and develop this initiative, which provides meals, clothing, baths, educational meetings, prayer groups and other programs for children and youth. The Province has paid €175,000 towards the purchase of the house and asks for assistance in helping with the final payments on the house.

  • Romania – $100,000
    Erected in 1884, the Diocese of Iaşi is situated in the eastern part of Romania along the border with Moldova and serves a population that is around 5% Catholic. Along with other pastoral projects, the Diocese seeks to encourage social care initiatives through the help of Caritas. There are state run hospitals and clinics that can provide care to the people but the Bishop is aware of the need for the local Church to shows its merciful face to the people in the area of healthcare. The Bishop would like to open a palliative care center (a hospice), a service rarely available to the Romanian people, especially in this Diocese, and it would provide an opportunity to minister spiritually and physically to those nearing the end of their lives.

  • Romania – $100,000
    The parish church in Vişeu de Sus, Romania was constructed in 2005 in the Gothic style. The parish numbers 312 members, most of them older and impoverished, living without a pension and without sufficient daily sustenance. It was built with great sacrifice on the part of the faithful who themselves have urgent need of financial assistance. The economic crisis has also touched the Church in this area, the priests themselves sharing in the difficulties by celebrating Masses and performing baptisms and burials without receiving stipends. Because the church is constructed out of wood, it has quickly succumbed to the elements, especially the abundant rain. Additionally, the heating system for the church no longer works and the faithful must attend Mass in temperatures that, at times, fall 20 degrees below zero. The priests have often sought out more humane locations for the celebration of Mass, in private homes, in schools, in other buildings, but have lost some of their numbers to the Orthodox tradition. The Pastor desires to repair the church so that it may provide a fitting place for worship.

  • Russia – denied
    To buy a home for an unmarried mother

  • Serbia – $100,000
    The Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Belgrade was built in 1925. Following the Second World War it was not used as an ecclesiastical structure for 40 years. It is the only church in the capital city with sufficient capacity to welcome large numbers of people. Although the structure is relatively new, the presence of corrosive humidity has affected the entire structure and rendered the crypt unusable. Important celebrations must often be held in the co-Cathedral, which does not hold all the faithful. The Archbishop wishes to renovate the Cathedral and to establish a small museum, an ecumenical pastoral center and add several meeting rooms. He would also like adapt a part of the Marianum complex to be a residence for elderly and infirm priests. The total cost of the renovations is approximately $527,930. The Archdiocese expects to be able to receive approximately $82,120 from benefactors and from the city of Belgrade.

  • Slovakia – $35,600
    The Church of Saint Michael the Archangel in Slovany was built in 1896 in the neo gothic style. Situated in the center of a small village which dates back to 1252, the church is adjacent to the main road and consists of a tower, a rectangular nave, an upper gallery and a sanctuary where the main wooden altar is located. It is noticeably lacking a sacristy, possibly because the church was built on such a small parcel of land. In 1935 it underwent some renovations but essentially kept its original appearance. Because of its proximity to the nearby river, its plasterwork is in serious disrepair on account of the dampness. The Parish Administrator would like to initiate significant renovations to the church, especially to repair and restore the façade and the stuccos inside. The Parish Administrator expects to receive a third of the funds from other sources and asks assistance in financing the remaining amount.

  • Ukraine – $100,000
    The financial and economic crisis and the military conflict in the east of Ukraine is now in its fourth year. There is a high level of unemployment and low living standards in the region of Truskavets. There is an urgent need to assist people affected by the war and those who suffer with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, particularly soldiers returning from war. Because of the current political situation, these people are the most vulnerable and have no one to ask for help because there are not enough specialized centers to provide psychological rehabilitation. The Diocese wants to respond to this need by creating a Rehabilitation Center in a building already owned by the Diocese. On a monthly basis the Center will be able to assist more than 150 people including children through counseling services, to provide meals and accommodation to 90 people, as well as to provide conferences and qualification training courses in English, Polish, computer science, cooking and business management. The most pressing need in the renovation is the repair of the roof and the renovation of the mansard level. 

  • Ukraine – $100,000
    The Kyiv Three Holy Hierarchs Spiritual Seminary was established in 2010 in order to prepare future priests for central, eastern and southern Ukraine. With the help of benefactors the Seminary has constructed the Church of the Holy Trinity and living quarters, which house 65 seminarians. What remains to be built is a conference hall which will be utilized for educational purposes, spiritual conferences, parochial meetings and other events. This facility requires funding beyond the means of the Seminary and the Rector asks for financial assistance in constructing the conference hall and the corridors leading to it.

  • Ukraine – $96,100
    The Ukrainian Catholic University was founded as an open academic community with the mission to form leaders to serve with professional excellence in Ukraine and internationally. One of its main goals is to foster intercultural, inter-confessional, cross-institutional and interdisciplinary cooperation within the Ukrainian academic environment in particular and society as a whole. Modern Ukrainian families are being affected by modern gender ideology, the consumerist way of thinking that promotes cohabitation, high divorce rates, and the reluctance of young people to marry and procreate. In order to foster positive change and promote alternative behavior, the Ukrainian Catholic University with three of its departments (Institute of Marriage and the Family, Philosophy and School of Bioethics) in partnership with the Prolife Movement, the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church Institute of the Family, and Lviv Publishing House would like to translate into Ukrainian and promote St John Paul II’s Theology of the Body. This project is aimed primarily at Ukrainian youth and will include not only a translation of the Wednesday Audience texts, but also video clips and round table discussions. The project will be implemented in two phases of production and presentation over a three year period.

The Middle East

  • Lebanon – $40,000
    The Missionary Sisters of the Very Holy Sacrament administer an orphanage and school in the town of Beit Hebbak. The orphanage houses eighty girls and the school has 1,325 students from the surrounding villages. The area, which was already impoverished has experienced further hardships with the influx of refugees from Syria. The Sisters try to bring the love of Christ to these children, the majority of whom are Muslim. As the Sisters ask very little from the families to support the school, they rely on outside funding to continue their work. They ask the Foundation for funds to purchase food, clothing and medicine for the orphanage and for fuel to heat the buildings and for the kitchen.

 

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Africa

  • Angola – $100,000
    The Dominican Missionary Sisters of the Rosary were founded in Peru in 1918 to evangelize those most in need, especially the poor. The Congregation came to Angola in 1954 and has been serving in the city of Lubango since 1996. Their work includes the integral formation of children, youth, and leaders in the community, the psycho-social accompaniment of young people and preventative healthcare. In the villages many children cannot obtain a basic elementary education (through fifth grade) because a school is not available. In order to be educated they must walk long distances to find a teacher to help them keep up with their studies or move to another place. Some are able to enroll in evening classes but often do not attend them for lack of safety. Those without sufficient means are not able to travel to other villages, and thus remain outside the educational system, risking prostitution and addiction. The Sisters would like to build a combined elementary and middle school containing five classrooms, offices, a library, a computer lab and restrooms, in order to provide a basic education to nearly 900 children. The Sisters ask for financial assistance to realize this project.

  • Benin – 78,000
    The Diocese of Natitingou is located in the northwestern part of Benin where it shares borders with Togo to the east and Burkina Faso to the north. Tanguiéta, one of the most important towns, is situated 50 km north of Natitingou. Education is the highest priority in the diocese so that the Church can help reform the educational system from inside, starting with the youngest children. Parents are desirous of a school in the village. Currently, if they want their child to attend a school the child must travel far. Parents must then also wait until the child is old enough, i.e. 6 or 7 years old, for the child to travel to school unaccompanied. In the meantime, the parents leave the education of the child to babysitters. In this situation the child often is treated poorly in addition to receiving a poor education. From the perspective of the evangelization and the development of the people, the Bishop sees it as imperative for every parish to have its own primary school. The Bishop, in seeking to build the kindergarten, expects to receive 20% of the cost through other means and asks the remainder from the Papal Foundation.

  • Burkina Faso – $77,000
    The Archdiocese of Ouagadougou has 145 priests, 16 of whom are retired. Aware of the need to provide for aging priests whose health prohibits them from living in parish rectories, the Archdiocese has sought to provide accommodations for some time. In 2017 they were able to open a small home with eight rooms which was adjacent to the Catholic hospital. This arrangement has proved ideal. The Archdiocese wishes to construct a similar unit on the same property to house eight more retired priests.

  • Burkina Faso – $100,000
    The Diocese of Ouahigouya in Burkina Faso has no place to convene meetings with the clergy, the religious, or the laity. Additionally, the laity find it hard to not have a place to gather for meetings or to hold activities. In order to aid evangelization the Bishop desires to construct a pastoral center with lodgings to that distance will not impede attendance at diocesan meetings or events. The Diocese already has two hectares of land available for building. The pastoral center will be two floors with two dormitories, a library, a large meeting room and an oratory on the first floor, and private bedrooms on the second floor. The most urgent need is to complete the construction of the first floor so that the laity and religious sisters will have a place to sleep for meetings.

  • Burundi – $100,000
    The Diocese of Rutana was established in 2009 and since that time the Bishop has been working to put in place the needed diocesan structures. The region suffers from a high rate of uneducated youth, orphans, former child soldiers and many who have been emotionally wounded by war. More than 40,000 Burundians are in refugee camps outside the country, but are expected to return in the coming years. The Bishop sees this as a critical time in the life of the Diocese, a period when people are in great need of healing and reconciliation. In response, he wishes to construct a center for lay formation in order to strengthen youth and adults in human, moral, and Christian values.

  • Burundi – $60,000
    In 2016 the Papal Foundation awarded the Bishops’ Conference of Burundi a grant to assist in the construction of the National Center for the Permanent Formation of the Catholic Action Movements and of the Laity. With the first phase of the construction completed the Center has been able to form over 11,000 persons each year. The Center is presently engaged in a second phase of construction which includes an enlargement of the building, the construction of a chapel and the purchase of necessary furnishings. The Coordinator has received donations from other sources and seeks funds from the Papal Foundation to finish the project.

  • Burundi – $100,000
    The Diocese of Muyinga, Burundi, was founded in 1968 and is situated in the northeastern part of the country. Since its foundation the Diocese has endeavored to contribute to the construction of public infrastructures including education, healthcare and in economic sectors. Due to the growth of the city and surrounding areas the Diocese would like to build a conference center. Being one of the poorest dioceses in the country, the conference center would greatly help people by providing jobs within the center. It would also provide an income that the Diocese could in turn use for pastoral work. Its proximity to neighboring Rwanda and Tanzania will enable the center to host international conferences. The Center is projected to hold 600 people. The Diocese expects to receive nearly 45% of the necessary funds through other sources.

  • Cameroon – $62,000
    In 2017 the Diocese of Kribi received a grant of $80,000 from The Papal Foundation for the construction of a Bishop’s residence. Since that time, a new Bishop has been installed in the Diocese. He has sent a progress report on the work achieved thus far and requests additional funding to install a drainage system, waterproof the foundation, landscape the courtyard, reforest the area and install a fence around the perimeter of the property.

  • Central African Republic – $3,500
    The Daughters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus were founded in 1831 in Bergamo, Italy. Their apostolate includes missionary work, pastoral ministry, the education of youth and the care of the sick. In Bangui the sisters operate a home for orphans and children in difficulty, helping to reinsert the children into their extended family or seeking to secure their adoption. The sisters also operate a kindergarten and elementary school for the children under their care and for other children living nearby. The Superior requests financial assistance for the installation of two solar panels so that they compensate for the lack of stable and continuous electricity, a problem not only for their home but for the entire city. The lack of electricity poses a serious obstacle to the well-being of the home, both in terms of illumination and in the use of any means of communication (internet, telephone, etc).

  • Chad – $100,000
    In the Doba Region of Chad, there is a very high population of young people, 35% of whom have not attended school. In an attempt to reach these children and with the help of the Papal Foundation, the Missionaries of Saint Francis de Sales began construction of a school in 2017. They are near to completing the first phase of construction, which is the ground floor of the school building. They now seek funds to complete the second floor of the building. 

  • Côte D'Ivoire – $85,000
    The Diocese of Agboville is one of fifteen dioceses in Côte d’Ivoire erected in October 2006 by Pope Benedict XVI. There are many priests in the Diocese and in the country who, after their initial formation in the Seminary, have been in pastoral settings for over twenty years without the benefit of any additional intellectual, spiritual or pastoral renewal. Programs of study undertaken in Europe generally last for year, a lengthy period of time that poses difficulties in finding a replacement, not to mention the increased cost of living and studying abroad, creating obstacles for those pursuing additional formation or renewal. The Bishop of Agboville would like to create a three month intense program of continuing spiritual formation with classes in Scripture, Sacraments, Canon Law, Administration, Pastoral Theology, and Technology so that the priest participants may renew themselves intellectually and spiritually and return quickly to their respective assignments. The program is intended for priests in the dioceses in Côte d’Ivoire, however it is open to priests from other Francophone countries in Africa.

  • Democratic Republic of Congo – $50,000
    In recent years the number of candidates enrolled in the Saint Augustine Major Interdiocesan Seminary from the nine Dioceses of the Province of Kisangani has increased from 74 to 114. The Seminary has 96 rooms, making the conditions for study and formation less than ideal. As a result, some Dioceses are turning to other seminaries. For the upcoming year the number of students is expected to exceed 114. For this reason, the Archbishop would like to enlarge the dormitories at the Seminary, adding two buildings with sixteen additional rooms in each. The Archbishop expects to receive 20% of the funds locally and 40% of the funding from another source.

  • Democratic Republic of Congo – $70,000
    The church of St Mark in the Archdiocese of Lubumbashi was erected as a parish in 1993 and construction was completed the following year through the generous donations of the parish of St Mark in Germany. Now, 25 years later, the church can no longer accommodate the 6000 people who come to Mass, a 940% increase from its foundation. The faithful must stand outside for Mass and various sects have been trying to recruit them. They have some success because it is neither convenient nor comfortable to regularly attend Mass outside, especially in the rain. A new church building with a seating capacity of 5000 people is underway, paid for by the parishioners, but they do not have the necessary funds to pay for the roof.

  • Ethiopia – $100,000
    The Congregation of the Daughters of Saint Anne was founded in 1866 in Piacenza, Italy, and quickly spread to five continents. The Sisters have been present in Ethiopia since 1968 and are committed to pastoral programs, education, care for the elderly, widows, orphans and the blind, as well operating health care centers. St Raphael School for Blind Children was started by the Cistercian Fathers and transferred to the care of the Daughters of Saint Anne in 2012. The school serves 75 students, who otherwise would spend their lives as beggars on the street, and prepares them for University and the work force. All operational expenses are entrusted to donors. One major source of funding is no longer able to support their work. The Superior is seeking funding to support the daily operations of the school.

  • Ethiopia – $100,000
    The Catholic Mission of the Consolata Missionaries in Modjo, Ethiopia, was started in 1993 to contribute to the growth and development of the people. More than half of the inhabitants of Ethiopia are under the age of 18 and education is one of the ways to contribute to their dignity and to help the young contribute to the country’s progress. For this reason, the Mission has undertaken the following works: operating a kindergarten serving 240 children, training women for the workforce, offering basic healthcare to women and children, offering grants to send the destitute to high school, and providing sexual education to the youth. Because the Catholic Church has given great attention to the integral formation of youth and community leaders, the Consolata Missionaries built a Spirituality Centre for young people with the aim of giving workshops, seminars, spiritual formation and retreats. The Centre has 48 bunk beds in dormitories. Now, however, the Centre would like to offer the same opportunities of spiritual formation and retreats to adult laity, priests and religious. The Centre is adding 30 private bedrooms to offer suitable accommodations for those who want to take time for rest and prayer. Included in the same building will be some common rooms where groups can meet, recreate or take meals. The construction is underway and about half of the project is funded. Some of the remaining work includes: doors and windows, wall and floor finishing, painting, electrical installation, water supply, and water tanks.

  • Ghana – $72,000
    The Diocese of Damongo was created in 1995 but its Cathedral was not constructed until 2016 due to lack of funds.  The population of the area is largely animist and Muslim, with less than 8% of the population being Catholic. The five priests assigned to the Cathedral are currently residing at a distance of three kilometers, which makes it difficult for them to be present to the people they have been sent to serve. With the support of the Bishop, the Administrator of the Cathedral seeks funds for the first phase of construction for a rectory which would accommodate eight priests.

  • Ghana – $50,000
    The Religious of the Virgin Mary were founded in 1684 in the Philippines to address social concerns. The Sisters in Ghana continue this charism today by instructing women in vocational skills so that they are able to contribute economically to their families. The elders in a remote region of the Archdiocese of Accra have donated a plot of land to the Sisters to be used as a training school, which would instruct women in the region in sewing, hairdressing, catering, soap making, computer skills, and care for child and the elderly. This facility would also have some space allotted to a dormitory so that women from distant regions could stay for a period of study.

  • Ghana – $36,400
    Saint Arnold Janssen Parish was established in 2012 specifically to serve Catholic civil servants living in the area and to evangelize the indigenous Dagomba people. The Dagomba are 70% Muslim, 25% traditional African believers and 5% Christian. For this reason, the Divine Word Missionaries who have been entrusted with this parish have a very small faith community. Currently Mass is offered under a canopy at the pastor’s residence. As the number of Christians slowly grows, it has become increasingly important that a proper church structure be built. The parishioners have been able to lay the foundations and manufactured the bricks for the church, but they lack funds to complete construction.

  • Kenya – $35,700
    The Augustinian Recollect Sisters, a contemplative community, came to the Diocese of Lodwar from Mexico in 2010 at the request of the Bishop. The convent houses three Sisters and two aspirants. The biggest challenge the nuns face is sustainability. The fact that the Diocese is located in an arid area prone to frequent droughts makes it impossible for the nuns to depend on agriculture to sustain them. Due to the equally high poverty levels in the area, there is very little local economic support. When a benefactor came forward to assist them in their proposal to build a guest house, the Diocese readily welcomed the idea. The guest house would be a source of income for the sisters as the city receives a large number of visitors who need accommodation. The guest house would also assist the sisters in attracting vocations. The construction of the guest house is nearly complete, and the Superior of the Sisters asks for help with the furnishings.

  • Kenya – $72,000
    The Little Sisters of Saint Joseph moved their house of formation for postulants from Ngong Diocese to Nairobi in 2009 because of the opportunities available there for formation courses with other religious. The Sisters are currently using a small room as a chapel, which only accommodates the postulants and their formators. Their Provincial Superior would like to construct a chapel that would accommodate twenty-five persons. This would enable a larger numbers of Sisters and guests to pray together and would provide a more fitting place of worship.

  • Kenya – $60,000
    The Collegine Sisters were founded in 1717 especially to teach the faith to underprivileged girls. Their works in the Archdiocese of Nairobi include hosting retreats for young people, priests and religious. Due to the pressing need for such work, and because their current facility is insufficient, the Sisters wish to build a retreat house that would accommodate up to 200 day guests and fifty overnight guests. The house would include a chapel, library, classrooms, dining room, and twenty bedrooms.

  • Lesotho – $100,000
    St Monica’s Parish was founded in 1876. The parish property houses a number of institutions including a convent and school for girls, a monastery and school for boys, a health care center, a primary school, a catechetical training center, the Cathedral, built in 1974, and the Parish House, built in 1937. The Parish House is, in its present state, uninhabitable. The priests who serve at the Cathedral and the parish offices have taken up residence in the Catechetical Training Center. Because the Parish House is adjacent to the health care center, it is an ideal location for those priests who offer counseling services.

  • Lesotho – $100,000
    With the assistance of the Papal Foundation and contributions from the faithful, the Diocese of Mohale’s Hoek has been constructing Saint Patrick’s Cathedral for several years. Now the final phase is underway. This consists of adding the roof and wall finishings, and the associated professional fees. The Bishop seeks further funds to assist with the completion of the project.

  • Lesotho – $98,300
    The Lesotho Catholic Bishops’ Conference in their 2006 plenary assembly established a Parliamentary Liaison Program under the Commission for Justice and Peace to act as the face of the Church and a vehicle for contact between the Church and the Parliament of the Kingdom of Lesotho. Since then relationships have been developed with the Parliament and Government which remain positive and place the Commission in an ideal position to move into a new phase of strengthening policy engagement as well as facilitating the Bishops’ Conference to further engage the Parliament and other state organs. This three year project will provide an avenue for the Church to enhance the democratic rights of citizens, and civil society in general, and to have an input in the Parliamentary policy making and legislative processes especially during the reforms of the Constitution and of Parliament which are about to take place. The first phase will emphasize the building of a strong network at a local and national level, strengthening the understanding and appreciation of the Bishops, mobilizing clergy, seminarians and religious to engage in this ministry, concretizing the teaching of the Popes, and training parish justice and peace committees on policy engagement and advocacy.

  • Madagascar – $100,000
    The Diocese of Ambanja in Madagascar was erected as a Prefecture in 1848 and became a diocese in its own right in 1955. Less than 2% of the population is Catholic, the majority of the population being animists. In the preceding years, thanks to the work of the clergy and of some female religious congregations, new parishes were created along with dispensaries, hospitals for treating leprosy, children’s homes, nursing homes, and new schools. The Catholic Schools serve nearly 35,000 students through high school and university. For the Bishop, the greatest treasure that a diocese can have is a congregation of contemplative nuns. Several years ago he asked for four nuns from a Poor Clare Monastery in Sicily and they took up residence in the Retreat Center. The Bishop desires to build them a suitable Monastery so that they may fully live their consecration. With the help of some donations they have built a formation house for aspirants and novices and the nuns have begun living here. But they are still in need of a main building for the professed community, a guest house and a chapel.

  • Madagascar – $57,000
    The Trinitarian Sisters of Rome established a foundation in Madagascar in 1961. Since then, the Congregation has prospered with sixteen local communities in six dioceses. In 2015 it was decided to move the novitiate house from the Diocese of Ambatondrazaka, the place of the first Trinitarian Community, to the capital city, Antananarivo, where other congregations also have novitiate houses. This would allow the Trinitarian novices to benefit from formation programs in the area. The Congregation has received funds to construct the new building, but they seek assistance in installing a security wall around the property.

  • Madagascar – $80,000
    The Christian faith has been preached in the Manadriana District of Madagascar since 1890, and the Church there is flourishing. The main church in the region is in the town of Ambovombe. Three priests serve the thousands of faithful who attend Mass at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church and at chapels in the surrounding region. The current church structure is unable to hold half of the parishioners for Sunday Mass, and liturgical celebrations must be held outside on important feast days. The pastor, with the support of the Bishop, seeks to construct a new church which will have a capacity of 1,800 and will also include a sacristy and priest’s offices. The faithful in the area are supporting the project through their own monetary contributions and by making bricks to be used in the construction of the new church. The pastor has also sought assistance from Church in Need and Catholic Mission Work International to support this project.

  • Malawi – $94,400
    The Diocese of Karonga was erected in 2010, and since that time the Bishop has worked zealously to establish the infrastructure needed for the effective running of the local Church. He has sought funding from the Papal Foundation and various other charitable organizations to complete these projects, the most recent of these being the Bishop’s residence which was completed in June of 2017. As the last such project, the Diocese seeks assistance for the construction of curial offices. 

  • Mali – $78,000
    An Apostolic Prefecture since 1942, Mopti became a Diocese in its own right in 1965. It is organized into seven parishes and is one of the vastest dioceses in the world covering 893,109 km2, containing within its confines parts of the Sahara. Christians (both Catholics and Protestants combined) and tribal religions each count for 2% of the population in this predominantly Muslim country. The inhabitants live by means of subsistence farming, raising livestock, fishing and artisan work, occupations made more difficult by abject poverty, insufficient healthcare and inadequate infrastructure throughout the entire country. In 1971 the Diocese ordained its first native born priest and today has 35 diocesan priests and two bishops, one retired. Three priests are sick and others are moving towards retirement. The Bishop seeks to build a home where elderly and infirm priests can live in tranquility.

  • Namibia – $82,200
    The Namibian Catholic Bishops’ Conference offices and accommodation facilities are located in Klein Windhoek, Namibia. The building has dents and large cracks in the walls. Failing to restore the building may cause further unrepairable damages and lead to the loss of the building altogether. The renovation plan includes work to the external walls of the building, work to gutters and metal windows, fixing the leaking roof, sealing and fixing basement slabs, the renovation of five bedrooms, lobby, kitchen and dining area.

  • Nigeria – $65,000
    The Clarissan Missionary Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament opened Maria Ines Nursery and Primary School twenty-five years ago to form girls intellectually and spiritually. Seeing the need to continue this formation through the adolescent years, the Congregation sought and received funds to build a secondary school which can accommodate up to 480 students. Because many prospective students live at a distance from the school, and because a boarding school would provide a safe and wholesome environment for these girls, the Congregation determined that dormitories should be built. The Sisters seek assistance to construct the first block of dormitories for their secondary school.

  • Nigeria – $100,000
    Located in the Niger Delta region in the south of Nigeria, the Diocese of Ikot Ekpene was erected in 1963. Although poverty and illiteracy are the largest problems from a secular viewpoint, the proliferation of the Pentecostal religion has created many issues in the Diocese resulting in the loss of faith as well as the abandonment of children by their parents. In order to provide proper catechesis and values education, the Diocese began construction of the Retreat and Youth Development Centre, a 200 room facility with 3 chapels, offices, dining space and recreational facilities. Beyond retreat work, the Centre is also designed to provide rehabilitation of troubled youth, family and marriage counselling, and spiritual direction. To date the Diocese has raised nearly $1.4 million and seeks to obtain the remaining $182,000 to finance the construction of the roof.

  • Nigeria – $100,000
    St Dominic Catholic Hospital is located on the periphery of Ibadan, Nigeria. It is a secondary healthcare facility established in 2003 as a clinic to address the health needs of indigent people and was upgraded to a hospital in 2010. Operated by the Dominican Sisters of St Catherine of Siena with headquarters in Rome, it offers 24-hour service and treats over twelve thousand patients annually. In its present state the hospital is only able to perform 40% of necessary diagnostic imaging exams. The remaining 60% of patients must travel to the nearest available hospital over 25 km (15.5 miles) distant, a journey of at least an hour and a half due to bad road conditions. Emergency conditions requiring further investigation often result in the loss of life as the patient must travel to another diagnostic center and then back to the hospital for treatment. The Hospital seeks to construct a building for the addition of a new CT machine along with the necessary installation and training. The total cost of the project is €387,000. The majority of the funding will come from other sources.*

  • Republic of the Congo – $39,000
    The Center for Christian Study and Research is a work of the Bishops’ Conference of the Congo. It was founded in 1970 by Dominican Father Gérard Eschbach and, in 1988, the apostolate was entrusted to the Society of Jesus. The Center is aimed at assisting university students and those who seek to deepen their faith, and consists of a library, study areas, and a conference room. The majority of visitors have come to use the library or to speak with the Jesuit Fathers. In the last decade the Center has experienced difficulties due to the deterioration of the building and the inability to purchase new books for the library, and therefore has not been open since September 2016. The Bishops’ Conference, as well as the Director of the Center, wishes to renovate the building by installing running water, repairing windows and walls that are leaking, and adding a restroom.

  • Rwanda – $70,000
    The Health Center of Masaka is an approved health center in the Archdiocese of Kigali, built in 1962 and under the direction of the Pallottine Sisters since 1977. The Health Center serves a population of 35,843 inhabitants, seeing approximately 2,500 patients a month, many of whom are destitute. The Center offers prenatal and postnatal care, vaccinations, basic healthcare, laboratory work, wound care and operates both a nutrition center and treatment center for those afflicted with HIV/AIDS. During recent social service visits to the homes, the Sisters have discovered the need to expand the services offered to include basic dentistry, physical therapy and counseling. The Sisters expect to receive almost two-thirds of the funding necessary from other sources. The Sisters request further assistance in realizing the expansion of the Health Center.

  • Rwanda – $74,000
    Since 1962 the National Secretariat of Catholic Education (SNEC) has as coordinated activities in nearly 1400 schools serving more than 1.2 million students. The years following the Genocide have been marked by a decline in faith and active participation in the life of the Church, especially among the youth. In response to this and other pastoral challenges facing the young people, including suicide, prostitution and drug abuse, the SNEC has developed a comprehensive pastoral program for enhancing youth ministry in the Catholic Schools in Rwanda. Within a five year period, the SNEC intends to enhance pastoral and social structures in school communities, provide trained youth ministers and produce teaching and learning materials for youth ministry. The President of the Episcopal Conference of Rwanda seeks financial assistance in initiating this project.

  • Rwanda – $65,000
    The Rwandan Province of the Jesuits was formed in 1999 following the tragic events of the Genocide, as a result of the Jesuits’ desire to remain in the region to bring peace and reconciliation to those whom they had served since 1966. The Urumuri Centre promotes research, reflection and dialogue on issues pertaining to the social, economic, and religious experiences of the people. Their current project aims at a two year formation of civil servants, Catholic professionals, young adults in tertiary studies and people working with Catholic institutions to promote the integrity of creation and the inalienable dignity of every member of society. The Urumuri Centre expects to receive half the funding needed for this project from other Jesuit Provinces or Missions and through local support. The Director seeks assistance in obtaining the necessary funds to fully realize the project.

  • South Africa – $100,000
    The Archdiocese of Durban, South Africa, is in the advanced stages of planning the establishment of a rehabilitation center at Ekukhanyeni, a rural parish north of Durban, to provide residential treatment for those struggling with addiction to drugs and alcohol. The project seeks to address an ever-growing drug epidemic, exacerbated by the developmental challenges facing South Africa: prohibitively high fees at the reputable and effective rehabilitation centers, the scarcity of low cost, state run facilities and the uneven national distribution of rehabilitation centers. Though the Center will have a strong Catholic ethos, it will be open to anyone who is in need, especially the homeless. It will employ a combination of psycho-social therapy, post medical detoxification and rehabilitative skills training for a period of up to 12 months. The Archdiocese has dedicated land and buildings for the development of the Center, but funds are needed to rehabilitate more buildings and the grounds as well as meet operational costs.

  • South Africa – $36,000
    St Joseph’s Theological Institute is a national seminary and institute of higher learning serving thirteen religious Congregations and four Dioceses in South Africa. It is home to more than 200 students from more than 20 African nations. Because of serious concerns related to cost and the ability of the local economies to fund seminaries in the long term, the Institute has been developing strategies for greater efficiency and self-sustainability. Among these is the better utilization of natural resources in response to recent problems with drought, water rationing, and a 220% increase in the cost of water within a one year period. An audit has determined that the local dam is capable of providing a steady stream of drinking water with the addition of the standard purification processes. A plan of maintenance has been developed which will cost no more than one third of the cost of the municipal water. The Institute will receive some funding for this project through other donors and seeks the remainder from the Papal Foundation in order to increase the sustainability of the Institute.

  • South Africa – $100,000
    The Diocese of Klerksdorp is a poor but growing diocese in South Africa. There are 32 parishes and 10 outstations. The Diocese is mostly rural and has experienced the economic downturn resulting from the closure of the mines, compounding the situation of those who already suffer from poverty and hunger. The Diocese does not a have place in which the various sodalities, numbering almost twenty, can hold their meetings, weekend retreats, workshops, conferences and seminars. The venues run by non-Catholics are too expensive. Consequently, when the Diocese or one of the sodalities sponsors an event, the people sleep in the halls and classrooms of schools and conditions are neither safe nor sanitary. The total cost of the project is $4.6 million. The Bishop asks for $300,000 over the course of three years.

  • South Sudan – $100,000
    Saint Joseph’s Society for Foreign Missions or Mill Hill Missionaries were founded in England in 1866. In 1938 the Missionaries arrived in Sudan taking the mission outposts vacated by another missionary congregation and continuing the work of evangelization and education among the indigenous tribes. In 1964 hundreds of missionaries were expelled by the government. More than a decade later the Mill Hill Missionaries returned in order to take up a severely restricted apostolate. The Civil War led them to the painstaking work of community building and formation. At the end of 2013 the Missionaries had to abandon their mission and seek refuge in nearby Kenya losing everything. In January 2017 two missionaries returned to Juba and have taken charge of a small parish on the outskirts of town and minister to the thousands of people who live in poverty because of the Civil War. The priests are presently living in a converted clinic but have need of adequate and secure housing. The priests are also seeking 70% of the funds from other sources.

  • Swaziland – $100,000
    The Good Shepherd Mission Hospital was established in 1949 and is under the care of Good Shepherd Parish. It is the only Catholic hospital in Swaziland and also the most preferred because of its adherence to the Catholic Church’s medical ethics. The Hospital is located in a poverty-stricken area and the minimal fee charged the patients plus the subsidy from the Ministry of Health cover a little more than 80% of all the expenses, leaving the Diocese to pay for the rest. The anesthetic machine in the Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) section of the hospital and the one in general surgery have both reached the limits of their service after 25 years. Both of these machines are essential equipment to the hospital which performs nearly 4000 operations every year. Without these machines, the hospital would not be able to operate. A grant of $100,000 would represent 85% of the cost of two new anesthetic machines. The Diocese and the Hospital would pay the remainder of the cost.

  • Swaziland – $100,000
    Our Lady of the Assumption Cathedral (OLOA) was consecrated in 1958 and is the mother Church of the 16 parishes in Swaziland. OLOA also enrolls 3000 students in its five schools: one co-ed preschool, one primary and one secondary school for boys and one primary and one secondary school for girls. Three men’s congregations (Dominicans, Salesians, and Consolata Missionaries) operate out of OLOA running homes for street children, youth centers, and a hospice. One priest works with the deaf community and the priests, the sisters, and the Bishop minister to the sick and homebound. The parish is vibrant with 3000 parishioners at the Cathedral and nearly 600 members spread across its six mission parishes. There are a number of associations and committees that meet regularly at OLOA and even non-Catholic groups regularly meet there. Fifteen years ago OLOA constructed a two story building with seven classrooms. Now the space is no longer adequate. Additionally, the parish has need of a library, a store room for the St Vincent de Paul Society’s goods, a laundry for the priests and more classroom space. Though the parishioners are poor they have raised some funds and have agreed to donate materials to help construct a new three story building as an addition to the present one. OLOA and the Diocese will also contribute so that more than half of the cost will be funded locally.

  • Tanzania – $15,000
    The Benedictine African Sisters of St Gertrude were founded in 1968 to respond to the social, economic and spiritual needs of the people in Tanzania, especially the most marginalized. The Benedictine Sisters provide medical, educational and pastoral services, entrepreneurial training for women and youth, and engage in formation and missionary work. This project is directed towards the support of orphans and vulnerable children, educating them about the disease which afflicts them, teaching them how to live positively and productively in the community, and aiding their guardians or caregivers in vocational skills so that they will be able to financially support the children. The Director of the program seeks assistance in furnishing the materials for the program and supplying a small stipend for the staff.

  • Tanzania – $10,100
    The Society of Montfort Brothers of Saint Gabriel was founded in the eighteenth century to evangelize and educate the youth, particularly the poor. The Brothers have been serving in East Africa since 1983, where they administer technical, agricultural and special education schools in Tanzania and Kenya. There are currently thirty Brothers in formation. As education is the Congregation’s apostolate, it is vital that the Brothers themselves receive an education that will permit them to serve in one of their schools. Ideally, ten Brothers are sent for higher studies each year, but the Congregation does not have the necessary funding to provide this training.

  • Tanzania – $100,000
    The Diocese of Kondoa, Tanzania, was erected seven years ago, carved out of the territory of the Diocese of Dodoma. With 13 parishes, 20 priests and four religious congregations, it is the newest and smallest of the dioceses with a Catholic population of barely 60,000. More than 90 percent of the population is Muslim and a strong centralized Catholic presence is needed for both administrative and pastoral reasons. Presently, the Bishop and his secretariat operate from an old parish house which is inadequate for this purpose. The Vicar General and other diocesan officials operate from their own parishes, some located more than 80 kilometers distant. The Bishop expects to receive funds from other sources but seeks additional funding from the Papal Foundation to begin constructing the Bishop’s residence which would also contain archival and office spaces as well as a chapel and several bedrooms.

  • Togo – $75,000
    In 2006 the mission parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe was inaugurated. Through the generosity of the Papal Foundation a church was built for the parish. In the twelve years since its foundation the parish has built a primary school and a college (middle school) and five additional primary schools located in outlying villages. More than 100 students will graduate from the primary schools in the outlying villages every year, but having no Catholic college in those villages the students will be forced to attend the poorer quality public schools. The Pastor seeks funds to assist in the construction, already underway, of a dormitory for girls, the conversion of the present convent into a dormitory for boys and the construction of a new convent for the Sisters so that the students from the outlying villages may continue to attend a Catholic School.

  • Togo – $97,200
    The Bishop of Dapaong is aware of the need continually to form and strengthen his priests and their collaborators in their mission of service and catechesis. To this end, the Diocese sponsors a five-day workshop at which 130 priests, religious and lay people discuss the work of the past year and make plans for the year ahead. The Diocese also sponsors three meetings for its seventy priests for their pastoral and spiritual formation. In the past, these meetings received support from organizations and individual benefactors in Europe, but in recent years, less assistance has been provided from these sources. 

  • Togo – $39,150
    The Daughters of Mary Immaculate have been serving in Togo since 1968. They are present in three dioceses with an apostolate which includes early childhood education, medical care for the underprivileged, and formation of faith communities. In 2015 they opened a new mission in Lomé. They wish to construct a chapel next to the convent that will be used by the Sisters and will also accommodate the many lay people who attend the daily Mass and participate in retreats organized by the Sisters.

  • Zambia – $30,000
    The predominantly rural Diocese of Chipata, Zambia, is comprised of 27 parishes and 9 mission stations. The Church is young and growing and the Diocese has a vibrant catechetical formation program along with various other ministries. Though the Diocese has been blessed with vocations, there are still many places that go without Mass for long periods due to the lack of priests. In these places, Sisters, Catechists and Lay faithful teach the faith and provide pastoral care. The Diocese has made every effort to provide adequate materials for celebrating the Liturgy in the absence of a priest on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation. However, the materials printed in 1976 are no longer suitable in light of the recent changes in the liturgy. The Diocese desires to print the proper readings and prayers for the three liturgical cycles in the local language for use in those places where Mass is not readily available.

  • Zambia– $100,000
    Five years ago, the Bishop of Monze began to raise funds to renovate the Cathedral. Because it was not possible to raise enough funds at that time, the project was suspended. Last year, the new Bishop of the Diocese began fund raising again for this project. With further study, it became clear that it would be more advisable to build a new, larger structure at a different location. This would better serve the growing Catholic population, allow for space for a catechetical classroom and a parking lot, and would be a prominent symbol of the Church in the heart of the city. 

  • Zambia – $100,000
    The Diocese of Kabwe was established in 2011 from territories of the Archdiocese of Lusaka and the Diocese of Mpika. Since that time, the work of the Diocese has been conducted in classroom blocks at the Pastoral Centre, which has involved administrative and pastoral challenges. Recognizing the need for separate Diocesan offices, a plot of land has been purchased, the land has been prepared and architectural plans have been approved by the municipality. The Diocese has sought aid from various sources in Europe for this undertaking, but still needs further assistance to begin construction.

      

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Central and South America

  • Argentina – $38,000
    In recent months, the Fundación Católica Argentina de Migraciones, which works under the auspices of the Episcopal Conference of Argentina, has seen a large increase in the number of immigrants seeking assistance, the majority of whom are Venezuelans seeking a better quality of life. These men and women experience great difficulty in entering the work force legally, and often are made to work longer hours with less pay than their Argentinian counterparts. The Commission assists these immigrants by giving them legal advice and directing them to health, education and employment centers where they can receive services to help them integrate into Argentinian society.

  • Argentina – $100,000
    Born at a time of turmoil and persecution of the Catholic Church in Argentina, the Agencia Informativa Católica Argentina (AICA) is a Catholic news agency dedicated to the work of the Catholic Church in Argentina. Founded in December 1955 by the Argentine Bishops’ Conference, it issued its first weekly bulletin six months later. Today it distributes its news bulletins daily via email to subscribers and is a respected news source for over fifty newspapers and radio stations. The Director of AICA seeks funding to support the work of the Agency, specifically to upgrade and maintain the Agency’s website, to continue the publication and distribution via email of the daily news bulletin, and to publish the Annual Ecclesiastical Directory.

  • Argentina – $100,000
    Maranatha is a Civil Association that was born in the Archdiocese of Córdoba, Argentina, in 2010 with the objective of rekindling faith in Jesus who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. It carries out its mission through the production of audiovisual materials and educational programs for moral formation. The Association has put together a two year plan to develop and implement audiovisual programming through a special TV App called Brochero. This App will broadcast a variety of content including Mass, events, weekly Vatican news, documentaries, serials, educational courses and prayers.

  • Bolivia – $75,700
    Because of a scarcity of funds, the Episcopal Conference of Bolivia has not been able to maintain its level of funding to assist migrants. The recent increase in those arriving in Bolivia in search of a better life has necessitated a greater response from the Church. The Conference wishes to restore and increase funding to the works already undertaken, which include houses of welcome for immigrants, both on the borders and in towns, and training centers to facilitate their ability to find employment.

  • Brazil – $62,900
    The Pastoral Service for Migrants of the Episcopal Conference of Brazil has centralized various initiatives to assist this growing population. Under its auspices, migrants are helped to obtain legal status, receive food and clothing, job training, instruction in Portuguese, pastoral attention, and are welcomed into the local community. 

  • Brazil – $100,000
    The Diocese of São Gabriel de Cachoeira is a vast ecclesiastical district situated in the extreme northwest of the Amazon State. It is home to the Yanomâmi people, an indigenous tribe that has preserved unaltered their traditions and way of life, venturing into the cities only once a month to buy necessities. At the Mass they desire to participate in a manner in keeping with their traditions, including feathers, spears and body paint. The Yanomâmi people would like to have a larger church in which to worship so as to keep the Catholic faith alive in the tribe and to prevent other denominations from entering their villages. They express gratitude for all that the Church has done and continues to do for them. In collaboration with an architect, they have designed and are helping with the construction of the church. The Bishop is asking for the monetary resources to pay for the construction.

  • Brazil – $64,800
    The Baby Jesus Community (Comunidade Jesus Menino) began in 1988 in Brazil inspired by an experience of working with special needs teenagers. Two years later a home was bought where abandoned special needs children could be protected by a loving family. Today the Community has four homes serving 41 young people, 19 of whom are bedridden. They are aided by five consecrated members and numerous volunteers. Many of those who first received care here as infants are now adults but cannot work or live on their own due to their special needs. In order to continue offering a life with dignity, love and care, the Community has sought partnerships and agreements with various organizations, but these only cover about 73% of the expenses. The Community seeks additional funding to provide for the daily needs of those committed to their care.

  • Chile – $83,500
    Migrants to Chile face great difficulties in navigating the legal system which permits them to obtain a visa and to work lawfully. Those who do not meet these requirements risk being deported. The Chilean Catholic Institute for Migration (INCAMI) assists immigrants with this process through lectures as well as through individual meetings. Due to a shortage of trained personnel, many would-be clients do not receive the necessary services. INCAMI seeks further funding in order to hire a coordinator and four professionals to carry out this work in four different regions. Seeing the need for greater national awareness and training to address the needs of migrants, INCAMI also seeks funds to sponsor a training day for those involved in various aspects of service for migrants.

  • Chile – $90,000
    Since 1970 the Daughters of Charity have administered the only institution which cares for poor and marginalized elderly in Santiago. They current care for seventy-two residents. To ensure the dignity of the residents, there is an urgent need to expand the living quarters, hallways and bathrooms of the home, which do not permit adequate space to transport those in wheelchairs and gurneys. Recently government officials informed the Sisters that they will not be able to receive further federal support if the conditions in the home are not improved.

  • Colombia – $30,000
    Caritas in Colombia is working to support new migrants, particularly those coming from Venezuela, by providing humanitarian assistance to families and by administering more than sixty centers that distribute information and foster meetings and dialogue. Recognizing that political actions can do much to alleviate this situation, they are also sponsoring five workshops on political, social, and theological responses to migration, and eight meetings on the 2018 Global Compact for Migration.

  • Colombia – $100,000
    Founded on August 15, 1952, the Diocese of Zipaquirá is located just north of Bogotá in the center of Colombia. The Diocese has 36 seminarians, 179 diocesan priests and 13 religious priests in 75 parishes serving approximately 660,000 Catholics. The Diocese has 41 priests over the age of 60; the average age of the priests is 52 years. In 2006 the Claretian Missionaries gave land to the Diocese in order to build a retirement home for priests. The land was blessed and the first phase of construction began in 2011. The Center, named after Saint John Vianney, was intended not only to serve as a retirement home for aged and infirm priests of this and neighbouring dioceses, but also to serve in the formation of priests throughout their ministry, to be a place of ongoing formation for religious and laity, and to be the Pastoral Center for Clergy. In the third phase of construction, the Bishop would like to build a chapel for 250 people, sacristy, atrium and columbarium. The Bishop expects to receive two-thirds of the funding from other sources.

  • Colombia – $100,000
    The Pope Paul VI Institute for the Study of Human Reproduction was founded in 1985 to answer the call for reproductive health care that fully respects life. The Institute has developed a new approach to women's health care that embodies the best principles of medicine, offers quality treatments to women and challenges mainstream medicine, which relies on contraception, in vitro fertilization, and abortion. In Colombia the Pope Paul VI Institute operates under the name “City of Fertility”. The Director of the Institute in Colombia would like to provide training for two medical counselors, five professionals and two educators to assist the Institute in the dissemination of the Creighton Method and NaPro Technology, to fortify the natural methods of fertility in Colombia and to aid couples in identifying the causes of infertility. In the work of disseminating this information, the Institute hopes to counteract those influences which have led to the deterioration of the family.

  • Costa Rica – $100,000
    The Catholic University of Costa Rica was founded in 1993 by the Bishops’ Conference. Divided over seven campuses it serves 1350 students and 190 seminarians. In a country where the nuclear family and social values are disintegrating and alcoholism, drug addiction and delinquency are on the rise, education becomes an important tool to counteract these evils especially among the indigenous people and those living in poor, rural areas. The Cuidad Neily Campus, located in the rural southern part of the country near the Panama border, enrolls more than 165 students, most of them young mothers. The student body also includes immigrants who have fled their home countries because of violence and lack of educational or employment opportunities. The majority of the classes are offered in the evenings and on the weekends in order to make studies possible for those who work. Because of the growth in the number of students on this campus and the lack of adequate maintenance to the buildings, the University seeks to renovate a building so that it will have all that is necessary to provide a quality education: 17 classrooms, administrative offices, a computer room, a library, meeting rooms, and a playroom for the small children of the students.

  • Ecuador – $55,000
    Caritas in Ecuador is working to assist migrant families by providing material support, following their cases, offering information workshops for them, and arranging meetings between Ecuadorians and the new migrants. On the political level, Caritas is sponsoring several meetings and workshops on the 2018 Global Compact for Migration.

  • Ecuador – $91,100
    The Augustinian Monastery of the Incarnation was badly damaged by several earthquakes that struck the area of Quito in 2016. Walls and ceilings were severely cracked, revealing signs of serious structural damage. The kitchen and living quarters were considered too dangerous for further use. In 2017, with the support of local benefactors, a part of the monastery was repaired. The nuns request further assistance to repair the remainder of their home.

  • Ecuador – $100,000
    The Apostolic Vicariate of Mendez comprises a large area in southwest Ecuador in the Amazon region. The Vicariate is still a missionary region because of the many native peoples in the region. The Bishop relies on the help of priests, religious and laity to bring the faith and support the formation of the inhabitants of Mendez. The Vicariate has made use of a parish hall for meetings and formation programs for those sent to evangelize the region. Unfortunately, in recent years the structure has deteriorated, thus limiting the number of meetings and the number of participants who can be accommodated at these gatherings. The Bishop seeks to construct pastoral center that would include an auditorium, smaller meeting rooms, and a dining area.

  • Guatemala – $100,000
    The poverty rate in Guatemala is one of the highest in Latin America and it is one of the most violent countries in the Western Hemisphere. Three out of four people in the country live below the poverty threshold and the majority live in rural agricultural communities. Guatemala suffers from an unequal distribution of wealth and of land. The majority of the land is owned by only 2% of the population. Many of the families in the Diocese of Saint Rose of Lima lack decent and safe housing and lack the financial means to build or repair a home. The Diocese wants to construct 20 apartments for families who live in extreme poverty. In addition to serving the material needs of the people, the Diocese also tries to provide for their spiritual needs through mission programs which began in 2009. Through these programs nearly 6,000 men, women and children have deepened their faith. The Diocese conducts these programs in conjunction with Catholic Cross Outreach.

  • Guatemala – $100,000
    The Sisters of Mary were founded in Korea in 1964 to serve the poor in underdeveloped countries. Since 1997 the Sisters have been present in the Archdiocese of Santiago where they run both a residential school for 900 girls, Girlstown, and a corresponding school for 1,000 boys, Boystown. The children live at the school 350 days of the year and the sisters provide food, shelter, clothing, medical and dental assistance along with a quality education and basic vocational skills. The most pressing need, that the Sisters and students have identified, is to replace more than 600 bedframes and mattresses which were purchased twenty years ago. The Sisters expect to receive 42% of the funds from other benefactors.

  • Honduras – $100,000
    The image of the Virgen de los Remedios, which belonged to one of Cortés’ soldiers, has been venerated in Latin America since the first Mass was offered in Mexico on April 21, 1519. The image was brought to Honduras by an official of the Cathedral in Mexico City who stayed in the city of Sonaguera for a time. A church was eventually built in honor of the Virgin and pilgrimages began. In the Jubilee Year 2000, the Diocese of Trujillo, in which Sonaguera is located, organized a celebration in honor of the Virgen de los Remedios. More than five thousand people attended from all over the country and beyond. The current church structure was found to be too small for the large number of pilgrims. Seeing the people’s great love for Our Lady, the Bishop has decided to construct a diocesan Shrine in honor of the Virgin. The planned structure will have a capacity of 1,300. It is hoped that the presence of such a Shrine will encourage the faith of the people of the region.

  • Mexico – $100,000
    The Sisters of Mary were founded in Korea in 1964 to serve the poor in underdeveloped countries. Since 1992 the Sisters have been present in Mexico where they run a Girls’ Town in Chalco and a Boys’ Town in Guadalajara. The latter accommodates and educates 1,600 boys from all over Mexico. In addition to other technical skills, these boys need to have computer training in order to be competitive in the job market. The Sisters seek to purchase fifty computers for their computer lab.

  • Panama – $100,000
    The Franciscan Sisters of Mary Immaculate run the only retreat house in the Archdiocese of Panama City. They welcome priests, religious, parish groups and members of various movements in the area for times of silence and prayer. Due to the small size of the house, the Sisters are only able to welcome fifteen guests at a time. They seek to build a new facility which would accommodate 32 guests. The structure would comprise a chapel, kitchen, dining area, large meeting room and bedrooms. The Sisters have been able to raise a large part of the funds through the generosity of benefactors, but additional assistance is required.

  • Paraguay – $15,000
    In response to the great number of Venezuelans seeking a better life in Paraguay, and the many legal and cultural needs that arise from this migration, the Bishops’ Conference of Paraguay seeks to employ two coordinators who will implement the following projects: organizing meetings to assist migrants to obtain documentation, creating a web site for them, arranging meetings with government and labor leaders, organizing tours of historic and religious sites, obtaining funds for migrants in need, and providing psychological and medical assistance.

  • Peru – $67,300
    The Bishops’ Conference of Peru has organized a large-scale response to the migration crisis which is affecting the country. It has a house of welcome for migrants, assists them with documentation, finding employment and receiving pastoral, medical and psychological care. It is publishing materials to help guide migrants with their integration into Peruvian society, and there is special attention is being given to newly arrived children and adolescents. The Conference is also celebrating the Week for Migration in every Diocese in the country.

  • Peru– $100,000
    The Diocese of Chachapoyas was established 214 years ago, and yet, there has never been a contemplative monastery in its territory. The Bishop of the Diocese sought and obtained approval for the foundation of a Carmelite Monastery from the Congregation for Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life in 2014. In December of the following year, a small community was formed. Since that time the Community has been using a very small house as their convent. The Ordinary seeks to construct a convent and chapel for their use. He has received funds from several charitable organizations in Germany and seeks the remaining funds from the Papal Foundation.

  • Peru – $99,000
    The Episcopal Conference of Peru is a permanent institution composed of the Bishops of Peru who promote the greater good of the Church in Peru. For many years the Episcopal Conference has worked out of its present location in Lima. Due to the climate and intense humidity, the infrastructure of the premises has deteriorated, damaging the all parts of the building. The much needed renovation will include the replacement of stairs, handrails, doors and grates. Other urgent repairs include replacing the tubing for the water filtration system, which has leaked water and salt into the walls and floors of the building. Floors and walls need to be repaired and repainted. Finishing touches include the purchase of new desks, shelves, cabinets and other office furniture. The purpose of this project is to improve the work environment so that the Bishops may in turn offer better service to the people of Peru in all its pastoral needs.

  • Uruguay – $100,000
    The Shrine of Our Lady of Verdún is the most important Marian pilgrimage site in Uruguay. It was inaugurated in 1901 and receives several thousand pilgrims each weekend. On April 19th, the feast of the Shrine, the number of pilgrims swells to between seventy and one hundred thousand people. Uruguay is the least religious country in Latin America, its secularization beginning around the same time as the building of the Shrine. The people are very simple with little religious instruction, yet they retain a great devotion to Our Lady. The Bishop would like to build a multimedia center at the Shrine to be an indoor area where: pilgrims can receive catechesis from the three Sisters who oversee the Shrine or from educational videos, the faithful can receive the Sacrament of Penance, and the Sisters can address any other needs of the pilgrims.
      

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Asia

  • Bangladesh – $100,000
    Since 2009 the Salesians of Don Bosco have been working among the Mandi/Garo tribal groups in the Parish of Utrail, concentrating primarily on youth formation. In keeping with the explicit intention of the Bishop that they should bring about a qualitative change in the education being given to the poor and the youth and that more opportunities should be created to reach out to the poor, the Salesians reorganized St Xavier’s Primary School that the Diocese had entrusted to their care and raised it to the level of a Junior High School. In 2011 they started a hostel in makeshift accommodation for poor Garo children coming from the more distant villages. In 2012 a proper hostel was built and the number living in the hostel increased steadily. The school quickly progressed to the level of a High School and needy students from other parishes started flocking to the hostel with the intention of studying at St Xavier’s. With the number of students staying at the hostel soaring to 85, it became necessary to divide the students among two hostels, one for the younger boys, the other for the older boys. However, the older boys are staying in the makeshift accommodation and the Salesians are expecting a further increase in numbers because of the College that will open in 2019. The Salesians are seeking to construct a new hostel near the High School to accommodate boys between the ages of 14 and 20, frequenting classes 9 through 12. The total cost of the project is $142,169.

  • Bangladesh – $100,000
    St Joseph’s Primary School at Bonpara is a recognized school in the area. Presently, there are 650 children enrolled in kindergarten through fifth grade divided among 14 classes. The school operates in its own two-storey building with eleven classrooms and two offices. The school lacks a library, a computer lab, a science lab, a bookstore, and an auditorium. Additionally, the government has required all primary schools to educate students through the eighth grade creating an impetus for the addition of classroom space. The present school building is located near the parish, but the parish has property which has been zoned for use as a school and wants to construct the new school on this property to avoid complications with the government. The new school building, which would have space for 1100 students, would also be able to serve as a location for formational and social events for the parish. The local people are not able to provide financial support for the construction of a new school because of their poverty. Both the Diocese and the Parish have contributed funds to this cause and other donors are being sought.

  • India – $29,200
    The Archdiocese of Trivandrum was established in 1932 by Pope Pius XI and has brought to fruition several parishes, mission stations, and institutions. Among its more than 2 million Catholics are the Dalit (the untouchables), those belonging to the lowest castes in India. The Archdiocese has set up schools, hospitals, and chapels to facilitate the social and educational development of the largely agricultural and low wage earning blue collar communities. One of the fundamental needs is to provide a place of worship. The mission in Parottukonam, started in 1991, is in desperate need of a church. The present structure is in a dilapidated condition and is not spacious enough to accommodate all the faithful. Cardinal Baselios Cleemis expects to receive 50% of the funding from other sources.

  • Mongolia – $100,000
    The Salesian Sisters of Don Bosco were founded in 1872 and have been serving in Mongolia since 2007. At the request of the Bishop, the Sisters started a kindergarten and elementary school with both schools operating out of the same facilities. The government has asked that the kindergarten relocate to a new building as the facilities are no longer sufficient for both schools. The kindergarten will be built adjacent to the elementary school. Funds are still needed to install a heating system.

  • Myanmar – $50,000
    Saint Joseph’s Catholic Major Seminary was founded in 1957 and is the only major seminary in Myanmar. It trains seminarians from the country’s sixteen dioceses as well as candidates from religious congregations. There are currently nearly 190 seminarians studying there. The current chapel, which measures eighty by fifty feet is insufficient in size for the growing number of students. The rector with the support of the Cardinal Archbishop of Yangon seeks funds to construct a new chapel.

  • Myanmar – $100,000
    The Diocese of Pekhon was established in 2005 out of the Archdiocese of Taunggyi. The people of the region experienced armed conflict between ethnic groups and the military government from 1962 to 1995, and this has caused much poverty, continued hostility within society, and a lack of human and religious formation. The Bishop of this Diocese is making every effort to support and deepen the faith of his people. Many organizations have been organized to form the laity, religious and clergy, which have regular retreats and ongoing formation days. The Bishop seeks funds to assist with the construction of a Diocesan Formation Center, which would include sleeping accommodations, meeting rooms and a large chapel. Construction has already begun, but the Diocese is only able to provide 30% of the overall cost.

  • Pakistan – $22,500
    The Diocese of of Multan is located in the southern region of the Punjab province of Pakistan. There are a total of 15 parishes located mostly in rural and semi-urban areas where most of the population are tenant farmers. The village of Chak 26 M is a mission outpost of St Peter’s Parish in Gulzaib, but it has no church building where the priest can celebrate Mass for the 150 families that live there. The parish priest has offered Mass in homes, in halls, and even in the local school. Other Christian denominations have church buildings and some of the faithful are turning to those denominations to fulfill their need for a spiritual environment. Both the Diocese and the Pontifical Society for the Propagation of the Faith have made contributions. The Pastor seeks assistance from the Papal Foundation to secure the remaining funds to construct a much needed church building.

  • Sri Lanka – $78,880
    The Congregation of the Sisters of the Cross of Chavanod was founded in France in 1838 with the intention of reaching out to the poorest of the poor. In 1951 the Congregation arrived in Sri Lanka and in the past sixty-three years has worked in the fields of education and social work. They give special attention to women who are elderly, infirm or neglected, helping them to live the remainder of their lives with dignity. In order to help the poor elderly women, the Sisters started a small house on the convent premises in 1968 with two rooms. As the years passed and the need grew, the Sisters added more rooms to the house. The existing home is now in a dilapidated state. The roof needs repair, doors and windows are decayed, walls are cracked. When it rains, the whole house gets wet. The Congregation has paid for part of the project and the Sisters have had materials donated.

  • Vietnam – $29,400
    Quy Hoa Convent, establish in 2007, is one of eleven convents for the Lovers of the Holy Cross in the Diocese of Vinh, where the Sisters educate youth at their kindergarten and through catechism classes, treat patients at their small clinic and visit the poor, the sick and the elderly. At first, the convent housed four sisters, but then as the needs grew in the nearby parishes the Congregation sent more Sisters to this convent. Presently, there are four postulants, five novices, and nine professed sisters residing in a convent with four rooms. The living conditions of the Sisters are truly poor because those whom they serve are poor. A local sea disaster has increased the financial strain because many local residents are unemployed. The Sisters have saved some funds and are seeking the help of other benefactors.

  • Vietnam – $94,100
    The Dominican Monastery of Our Lady of the Holy Spirit was founded in 2002 by six apostolic Dominican Sisters who had served their respective Congregations for many years but felt called to a more contemplative life. The Nuns took up residence in a small house, but as the Community has grown to eleven nuns, five novices, and three postulants, the present house is no longer adequate. The Nuns had to turn away some candidates due to lack of space. The Nuns have secured land and the necessary permission to build. The monastery will include a chapel, spaces for the professed sisters, spaces for those in formation, guest rooms, and spaces for manual labor and common activities.

  • Vietnam – 32,500
    The Van Tang Community, a mission station in the Diocese of Vinh, Vietnam, has a Catholic population of 800 people, 200 of whom are school age. Residents are farmers with an annual income of $100. Even though life is difficult and busy, the people make the education of their children a priority. Catechism classes meet twice a week in private homes. This is a difficulty for both the students and the home owners, affecting the quality of education. In order to address the situation, the parish has made plans for a twelve classroom school to use for catechism classes and for other meetings or activities of the parish. Through local contributions and other sources of funding, the parish has raised over 70% of the money needed.

The Pacific

  • Australia – $20,000
    Until recently the people of Torres Strait were largely Anglican. In 2014 the Anglican Bishop asked for himself and the people of the area to be received into the Catholic Church as members of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross. Having granted the permission, the Holy See provided funds to assist with the formation of the clergy and laity of the area. In 2016 the Bishop reversed his decision, and in 2017 he and the Chancellor became members of a schismatic group. The monies previously allocated for the area were returned to the Holy See. The majority of the people on the island of Duaun in Torres Strait did not join with the Bishop and Chancellor but rather expressed their continuing desire to become members of the Catholic Church. This past year these individuals were received into the Catholic Church, and the area became a mission of the Ordinariate parish in Cairns, Australia. The Ordinariate plans to train and support a catechist and an acolyte to serve the people of Duaun and to evangelize other parts of Torres Strait thereby preventing others from joining the schismatic group present in the area. Currently, however, there are no priests on the island of Duaun. The Ordinary of the Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross seeks funds for a priest of the Ordinariate in Cairns to serve the people of Duaun through frequent visits to the island.

  • East Timor – $100,000
    The Conossian Sisters were invited to the Diocese of Dili in 2015 to engage in pastoral and catechetical work which they have undertaken on the island of Atauro. The residents of this island generally make their living through fishing, and only elementary education is available. While the majority of the population is Christian, there is a great need for catechetical instruction as well as education to allow the youth to find better employment. The Sisters plan to construct a training center where young people can learn the skills needed to work in the tourism industry, a dormitory for these students, and eventually a hostel which the students would run in order to get practical experience in hospitality. Before these projects can be undertaken, it is necessary to build a convent for the Sisters who are currently living in the parish library. A Protestant family has already donated land for the convent, and the Sisters hope to raise $50,000 towards its construction.

  • East Timor – $100,000
    The Parish in Osseoquele, East Timor is staffed by the Salesians who minister to over 6,000 faithful in a territory that encompasses many small villages. The people are very poor and they look to the Church for their spiritual needs and even their material needs. The parish has already built an elementary and secondary school which can accommodate nearly 700 students. The parish is urgently in need of a new church. The previous church, built 50 years ago of timber and mud, had to be demolished because it was no longer suitable for use. There is also a need for accompanying parish offices and a youth center. The youth center is being given priority among the building projects in order to develop the youth ministry for the large number of young people in the area. The local community is supplying the lumber, the raw materials and the furnishings, as well as technical assistance.

  • Malaysia – $100,000
    The Diocese of Miri consists of about 100,000 faithful, most of whom are native to the area. While traditionally this population has lived in small villages, many have recently moved to the town in search of employment. These people are often forced to live in squatter areas and are often exploited. The government has sought to remedy this situation by constructing low cost housing. They are also providing free kindergartens for the children. However, these schools inculcate Muslim beliefs to their small pupils. To counter this, the Diocese has started three kindergartens of its own. They currently serve 500 children from families with low income. The Bishop seeks to construct another kindergarten in an underprivileged area, which would accommodate 360 children. The kindergarten will be staffed by trained lay professionals and catechism will be taught by a Religious Sister. 

  • Malaysia – $100,000
    The Diocese of Sandakan was established on July 15, 2007. It is situated in the northeastern part of the Island of Borneo and covers 43,000 km2 (roughly twice the size of New Jersey). There are 10 priests and 9 religious serving in five parishes and one mission station. The population is less than 1% Catholic and nearly a third of those are immigrants from Indonesia and the Philippines. The parish of Our Lady of Fatima was established in 2016 from the Cathedral parish and has 21 outstations served by one priest with a handful of catechists and lay volunteers. The present church seats 400 people, but with a Catholic population of 2,500, many people have to sit outside the Church under a tent during the Sunday Eucharistic celebrations. The Bishop would like to construct a church that seats 1,000. The Bishop has received some funds locally, including from the government, and is seeking assistance from other funding agencies.

  • Philippines – $100,000
    The Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus of Ragusa are devoted to serving underprivileged children, particularly through religious instruction. At the request of the Bishop of Libmanan they have opened a daycare and begun catechetical and family formation programs in the rectory of Saint Bernardine of Siena Parish. The local people have been very receptive to the Sisters’ efforts. In response to the needs of the area, the Sisters would like to build an orphanage which would include spaces for catechesis and human formation programs. The Bishop has donated the land for this, and has also given farm land to which would support the orphanage.

  • Philippines – $100,000
    The Poor Clare Monastery of Santo Niño in the Archdiocese of Cebu is daily visited by hundreds of the faithful seeking peace and spiritual support. The community is thriving to such a degree that they are able to send Sisters to communities in the West which are struggling due to scarcity of members. There are currently twenty-six Sisters residing in the Monastery in Cebu. While the Community is rich in vocations, they are economically poor. Recently they discovered that the walls of the Sisters’ dormitory was infested with termites. The walls are bulging and cracking, exposing asbestos. The Sisters have been forced to vacate the structure, and are using their library and conference hall as temporary dormitories.

 

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Caribbean

  • Cuba – $100,000
    The Padre Félix Verala Institute for Ecclesiastical Studies was founded in 2013 as a center of higher studies in humanistic sciences in response to the Marxist-Leninism ideology promoted by the Cuban government in its schools. It aims to provide an anthropological framework in order to reinvigorate the civic values needed to build a participative society. The Institute has awarded 119 Bachelors and has 17 students expected to finish the Laurea (Masters) this year. Presently 99 students are enrolled. The yearly operating budget is $114,408. The Institute is only able to cover 10% of its annual expenses and asks the remainder from the Papal Foundation.

  • Cuba – $90,000
    The Archdiocese of Santiago de Cuba is the oldest Diocese in the country and consists of sixteen parishes and twenty-one church buildings. Most of these structures are over three hundred years old and are located in the urban districts.  Since the 1967 Revolution, there have been no churches constructed, and due to population shifts, churches are not easily accessible to areas where people live. On the occasion of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to Cuba in 2012, a special altar was prepared. Afterward, the government gave permission for this altar to be given to the Catholic Church with the understanding that a new church structure would be built to house it. The faithful in the José Martí Urban District have been meeting in private apartments for prayer and Mass. In 2015 the Archdiocese was able to purchase an apartment to be used for a worship space and rectory. Seeing the need of the people in this district, it was decided that the new church should be built there.

  • Haiti – $55,700
    In 2013 the Congregation of the Little Sisters of Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus divided into three provinces in Haiti. As there was no existing provincial house for the Sisters serving in the southern region, the Sisters built a convent on the roof of their school building. The walls have been completed, but the new roof still needs to be installed.

  • Haiti – $25,000
    The population of the city of Saint-Marc in the Diocese of Gonaïves has greatly increased over the last decade from an estimated 15,000 to 350,000. This is largely due to people migrating to the town for work or to study. In response to this population shift, the Parish of Saint-Marc was divided in half, and the new parish was given the title Our Lady of Perpetual Help. A pastor has been named, but the church has not yet been constructed. The pastor plans a church that will have a capacity for 2,000 costing a total of $88,108.31. He requests funds to cover the cost of constructing the basement of the new church. 

  • Haiti – $27,500
    The parish of Our Lady of Peace began as a chapel belonging to a neighboring Parish, but in 2007 become an independent entity. The parish consists of more than 800 families who worship in a former warehouse made of cement. The parish priest seeks to expand and strengthen the building by completing construction of a retaining wall and installing a new roof.

  • Jamaica – $100,000
    The faithful in the Archdiocese of Kingston are experiencing many difficulties including a breakdown in family life, poverty and crime. Many are turning away from the Catholic Church and towards various sects. The Archbishop seeks to enliven the faith of his people through the assistance of missionary priests. He wishes to renovate an existing structure belonging to the Archdiocese, to be used as a Redemptoris Mater Seminary.

  • Puerto Rico – $100,000
    The Piarist Fathers have been serving in the Dioceses of San Juan and Ponce, Puerto Rico since 1948, where they administer several parish churches and schools in these dioceses. In September 2017 Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico causing severe damage to the locations where the Piarists serve. With the support of the Bishops of San Juan and Ponce, the Provincial Superior seeks assistance to repair the structural and water damage caused by the hurricane.

     

Europe

  • Greece – $100,000
    Although Greece has a relatively small Catholic population, in the last decade there has been a marked increase in the number of faithful living in the vicinity of Athens airport. As this area is far from the city, the Archbishop began construction of the church of the Most Holy Trinity to better serve this growing community. Due to the economic crisis, the Archdiocese has not been able to give sufficient support to its priests or to carry out its pastoral endeavors. Thus, the construction project was stopped due to lack of funds. This past year, after a grant from the Papal Foundation, the concrete for the church’s foundations was poured. The Archbishop seeks to renew the grant this year in order to construct the walls.

  • Italy – $100,000
    The Centre for Child Protection is an initiative sponsored by the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, in conjunction with the Archdiocese of Munich and Freising and the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychotherapy of the State University Clinic of Ulm, Germany. It has developed an E-Learning program to prevent child sexual abuse, which is currently available in four languages, and has developed a one-semester diploma program, “Protecting Minors”, given through the Pontifical Gregorian University. The Centre is also involved in giving conferences at various institutions internationally.

  • Italy – $100,000
    Casa Scalabrini 634 is a program that promotes the culture of encounter, welcoming and integration among migrants, refugees and the local community. The Scalabrinian Religious Order, serving migrants, refugees and local communities for 130 years in 32 countries decided to transform their closed seminary into the program of Casa Scalabrini 634. The program focuses on four areas of intervention:welcoming, awareness raising, training and active citizenship. Since its opening in June 2015 it has welcomed 120 refugees, among which 90 have already completed their process of integration toward full autonomy. The Director seeks the support of the Papal Foundation and hopes that this support in turn will help them to receive support from other benefactors.

  • Italy – $100,000
    The John XXIII International Cultural Center (Centro Culturale Internazionale Giovanni XXIII) is a residence for students from developing countries who are studying in Rome. The students have been sent by their Bishops to complete studies in both ecclesiastical and professional disciplines, with the hope that they will make a lasting contribution to the welfare of their home countries after earning their degrees. Forty-one students from seventeen nations presently reside at the Center. It is directed by a priest of the Diocese of Rome and administered by the Vicariate of Rome.

  • Italy – $100,000
    The John Paul II Center at the Shrine of the Holy House of Loreto, Italy, which opened in 2000, was created at the request of Saint John Paul II who desired to a place to welcome young people and to aid their spiritual growth. Over the years the Center has been served by various priests and religious communities. Since 2017 the Center has been under the care of the Pontifical Delegation. The Center welcomes youth from all over the world, especially those from the Middle East and North Africa. The present restructuring and renovations are necessary to comply with the building code requirements as the Center changed its status from youth hostel to retreat center in order provide an appropriate atmosphere for those who want to make retreats. The Center will continue to minister to the youth and families, but in an atmosphere more conducive to prayer. The cost of the renovations is €1.8 million. The renovations include the restructuring of the rooms and the creation of four basement apartments.

  • Italy – $100,000
    The Domenico Tardini Community, located in Rome, Italy, is a cultural institution founded in 1946 for human and Christian formation. The aim of the Community is to help young people who are intellectually gifted but lacking in means to discover and develop their talents, using them in the service of others, especially the poor and the little ones.

  • Italy – $100,000
    The Catholic Committee for Cultural Collaboration, which operates under the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, supports various initiatives which promote dialogue between the Catholic Church and Orthodox and Eastern Orthodox Churches. Among these is a program supporting Orthodox priests and lay people who are studying in Catholic institutions. These students have been sent by their ecclesiastical Ordinaries with the intention that they will serve as professors in theological faculties or seminaries. In the coming year, the Committee expects forty-two students to enroll in full-time programs and twelve to participate in short courses. It requests support to provide scholarships for eight of these students.

      

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International

  • International – $100,000
    The Catholic-inspired NGOs Forum works to consolidate and unify the efforts of all those working to foster authentic human rights and Catholic Social teaching, especially international lay organizations. The Forum began its work in 2015 with a grant from the Papal Foundation. With the support of the Holy See, the Forum moved its offices from Geneva to Rome in 2016. In 2018 and 2019 the Forum has scheduled multiple meetings with various groups and is planning an assembly for 110 organizations that further the work and teachings of the Church.

  • International – $37,100
    The Catholic Action International Forum was established in 1987 and is an association of that promotes solidarity and the new evangelization among the Catholic Action Movement in various countries and continents. This work is carried out through Assemblies, Congresses, and meetings at a regional level. Topics for the regional meetings this upcoming year include: formation on the Social Teaching of the Church, the use of dialogue for justice and peace; and the mission of Catholic Action. 

  • International – $35,200
    The Federation of Catholic Family Associations in Europe was founded in 1997 by a group of local and national family associations. It represents family organizations from fifteen European countries, holds participatory status with the Council of Europe (Strasbourg) and is a member of the Fundamental Rights Platform of the European Union (Vienna). It is the only European family organization that explicitly recognizes Catholic Social Teaching as its main source of inspiration. FAFCE has always experienced financial difficulties but has remained active thanks to the generous support of its members and many families. In 2019, the Association would like to update its website, initiate an internship program for students from Central and Eastern Europe, and launch a European initiative to raise awareness about the dangers of pornography. The Association seeks financial support in achieving these goals that will ultimately strengthen families and aid them in supporting and accompanying the younger generation in the journey of everyday life.

  • International – $23,400
    Social Promotion Foundation is a private, non-profit institution that has been working since 1987 to promote human, social and economic development in a manner that protects people’s dignity. The Foundation seeks to contribute to the reduction of poverty and inequality, to promote education and professional training, to make possible the promotion of women in all areas, to support minorities so as to guarantee equal access to basic goods and services, to promote and diffuse culture with the purpose of contributing to cultural dialogue and agreement between social groups, and to raise deeper social and charitable awareness. The Foundation undertakes initiatives in Central and South America, Africa, and the Middle East. In 2016 and 2017, in conjunction with three other Rome based agencies, the project #Standtogether was started in order to raise awareness about the right to religious freedom and the protection of minorities, especially persecuted Christians. The project began with the creation of a webpage and YouTube channel in order to collect and share news and testimonies. Five different meetings were held in order to further disseminate the message, one with journalists, two with embassies, one at a University convention and one other convention. In 2019 the Foundation would like to expand its contacts and potential partners, improve its webpage, launch a social campaign to raise awareness of the issues, produce testimonial videos from India, Pakistan, Africa and Iraq, and present the project in Italy and abroad.

  • International – $10,000
    The Centre Catholique International de Coopération avec l’UNESCO is a platform which, for seventy-one years, has brought together Catholic organizations accredited by UNESCO (United Nations Education, Science and Culture Organization). Since its creation in 1946, the CCIC has fulfilled the role of “consultation partner” in its function as Catholic observer at UNESCO. Its main activities involve participation in seminars, conferences and meetings prepared by the different departments of UNESCO. In order to distribute information on a daily basis, it is essential to use renewed and efficient means of communications, requiring technological and financial investments. The CCIC’s communication campaign includes the development of a Facebook page, the reconstruction of their website and the improvement of relationships with the press. The CCIC seeks financial assistance from the Papal Foundation in order to carry out the website redesign. 

  • International – $79,900
    The United Nations in Geneva is a major center of activity for promoting human rights and human development. The Catholic Church plays a leading role in this area, and its voice is heard through the Apostolic Nuncio in Geneva and through lay organizations with headquarters in that city. PAX Press Agency makes the work of the Church in Geneva known by producing reports which are broadcast by various networks including EWTN, Vatican Radio, and Catholic New Service.

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