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Papal relief supports projects for indigenous communities in Latin America

July 15, 2011

At its annual meeting in Brazil next week, the Populorum Progressio Foundation will "focus particularly on indigenous peoples" as the foundation's leaders weigh the opportunities for financing projects that will serve the welfare of the poor.

The Populorum Progressio Foundation, an arm of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum, was established by Pope John Paul II in 1992 to provide funding for poverty-fighting projects in Latin America. The program has received applications for funding of 216 different projects in 19 countries, including efforts in the fields of agriculture, education, health, housing, small business, and hygiene. The foundation is looking particularly for projects "from countries with indigenous communities living in difficult situations of marginalization, on the outskirts of large cities or in particularly isolated and inaccessible areas."


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