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USCCB awards $4.7M to projects in Eastern Europe

June 23, 2016

The Subcommittee on Aid to the Church in Central and Eastern Europe of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has awarded $4.7 million to fund 219 projects.

Such funding “for over 20 years has been an important way for us in the United States to support our brothers and sisters in this region,” said Archbishop Blase Cupich of Chicago, the subcommittee’s chairman.

“Through the contributions of Catholics across the United States, our brothers and sisters in Central and Eastern Europe have been able to breathe new life into their churches once repressed by communism.”

The awards are funded by a collection that is taken up in many dioceses on Ash Wednesday. The subcommittee awarded $5.2 million in grants in July 2015 and an additional $2.5 million in January 2016.

 
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