"Aid to the Church in Need" Funds 6,000 Projects

ROME, DEC. 11, 2001 (Zenit.org).- Germany-based Aid to the Church in Need supports some 6,000 projects a year, from seminaries in the Caribbean to cathedrals in Siberia.

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Last year´s $66 million in contributions came from thousands of benefactors, according to data published by the association´s office in Rome.

Of the total amount collected, 18% is allocated to formation, 28% to the construction of churches, 16% to media, and 13% to the publication of religious books. The association is also responsible for the publication of the «Report on Religious Freedom in the World.»

Last year, 127 seminaries in Eastern Europe were beneficiaries, enabling more than 10,000 seminarians to continue their studies.

Elsewhere, the association of pontifical right supports formation, particularly in places where religious freedom is at risk.

It supports Cuba´s only seminary, where candidates from 11 dioceses pursue their studies. Following John Paul II´s visit to Cuba, the number of vocations increased to 93 from 60.

It also supports numerous novitiates in India, prints thousands of children´s catechisms in Vietnam, and recently published a «Child´s Bible,» in the Kazakh language.

In addition, the association contributed to the construction of the cathedral of Irkutsk in Eastern Siberia. In the Caribbean, it also supports Our Lady of Haiti Seminary.

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