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USCCB grants $2.8M to Church in Africa

Catholic World News - November 29, 2012

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Subcommittee on the Church in Africa has made 109 grants totaling $2.81 million to the Church in Africa this year. The grants are funded by a collection taken up in parishes.

“So many of our parishes benefit from the loving presence of African priests and religious,” said Bishop John Ricard, the retired bishop of Pensacola-Tallahassee who serves as chairman of the subcommittee. “The extraordinary generosity of Catholics here in the United States through the Solidarity Fund for Africa gives us the possibility to give something back to the parishes in Africa. We can also make sure that dioceses that might otherwise be forgotten can get support to grow even in what are at times harsh conditions.”

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  • Posted by: Savonarola - Nov. 30, 2012 12:58 PM ET USA

    This is a very important effort. But that number -- is that around 1% of the USCCB budget for its own bureaucratic operations??

  • Posted by: unum - Nov. 29, 2012 6:22 PM ET USA

    Our parish benefits from a pastor from Uganda, an orthodox, caring priest. The Holy Spirit is reforming the U.S. Church with these holy men from abroad. Meanwhile, the bishops of Uganda are using U.S. funds to form new priests that they lacked the seminaries and resources to educate. A total "win-win" arrangement.

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