Germans Generous With Church in Latin America

BOGOTA, Colombia, MAR. 30, 2001 ( German Catholics have donated $3.1 billion to the Church´s evangelization in Latin America over the past decade.

That generosity was reported by Michael Sommer, vice director of Adveniat, a German institution that gives aid to the “continent of hope,” during a meeting of the secretaries-general the bishops´ conferences of Latin America and the Caribbean, which ended here March 22.

The meeting was organized by the Latin American bishops´ council (CELAM) and attended by Bishop Jorge Jiménez Carvajal, the group´s president. Sommer, who delivered the main address, focused on “How to Achieve Self-financing: A Task of the Church.”

Among the German groups that have donated to Latin America are Adveniat, which gave $750 million; Misereor, $400 million; various dioceses, $60 million; Caritas, $90 million; and the Holy Infancy Missionary Work, $100 million.

Aid to the Church in Need, based in Germany, has allocated at least $100 million. The donations come from Catholics of 16 countries.