Peter's Pence Collection Up 5.7% in 2003

VATICAN CITY, JULY 8, 2004 (Zenit.org).- In 2003, Peter’s Pence collected $55.8 million, which John Paul II allocated to charitable works in the Third World and to peoples suffering from war or natural disasters.

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The amount was revealed Wednesday in a statement of the Council of Cardinals for the Study of the Holy See’s Organizational and Financial Problems.

The figure represents a 5.7% increase over 2002. Contributions to Peter’s Pence have been rising in recent years.

Peter’s Pence is collected in dioceses around the world, especially on the solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul. Other contributions come from religious congregations and institutions, foundations, and donations of the faithful.

At the end of their meeting Tuesday, the cardinals “expressed their profound gratitude to all those who with their contribution, frequently anonymous but generous, have wished to give a concrete answer to the Holy Father and to the urgent needs of those who are in serious difficulties or in sudden and absolute indigence.”

The origin of Peter’s Pence dates back to the eighth century, when the Anglo-Saxons converted to Christianity, and, as a sign of union with the Bishop of Rome, decided to send a regular contribution to the Holy Father.

More information is at:

Peter’s Pence Office
Telephone: (+39) 06-6988-4851
Fax: (+39) 06-6988-3954
E-mail: obolo.sp@segstat.va

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