Latin American Micro-Projects in Line for Papal Aid

VATICAN CITY, JULY 6, 2001 ( Officials of a papal group that promotes the development of poor Latin American communities will meet in Vera Paz, Guatemala, from July 9-11.

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Sources at the Administrative Council of the Populorum Progressio Foundation said the foundation this year received 306 requests for project funding, amounting to $3 million. The council has $2 million to allocate.

The projects will be centered on education and training; communal infrastructure; micro-projects for development; health services and housing.

Six Latin American bishops will attend the council´s meeting, including Cardinal Juan Sandoval Íñiguez of Guadalajara, Mexico, and Bishop Emeritus Gerardo Flores of Vera Paz, the host.

The foundation uses the Church´s existing channels of aid, and its operation costs are just 1%, unique for such an institution.

Created by John Paul II in 1992, the foundation has approved and financed 1,381 projects, allocating $11.3 million. It depends on donations from individuals and Catholic organizations. Donations may be made by check to:

Pontifical Council Cor Unum
Populorum Progressio Foundation
00120 Vatican City

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