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Thursday, December 8, 2016
Latest report on papal charity donations
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¬†The Pope gave more than four million pounds and three million Euros to good causes overseas in 2002, the Vatican announced today. In its annual report, the Pontifical Council "Cor Unum" lists donations made to countries affected by natural disasters and war, as well funding for development work. The report opens with reference to trips made by council president, Archbishop Paul Josef Cordes, including one to Uganda from October 25 to 30, 2002 during which he distributed 500,000 Euros donated by the Holy Father for projects sponsored by local Catholic NGOs and by the Missionaries of Charity of Mother Teresa of Calcutta. During his stay in the Holy Land November 4-10 he presented £251,155.66 to the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, the Franciscan Fathers, Caritas and several other Catholic communities. Finally, on his visit to the Ukraine on December 2 and 3, he participated in a seminar on pastoral charity with bishops of the Greek-Catholic and Latin rite. The dicastery that administers papal charity assigned £1,204,748.81 for aid to populations affected by disasters, terrorism and war. Assistance to the Holy Land and to victims of terrorism and war came from funds raised on the World Day of Prayer and Fasting on December 14, 2001. In addition, Cor Unum's president delivered 94,148.94 to help populations affected by war. The Pope was able to give £1,339,684.17 and 25,331 Euros - fruit of the generosity of many faithful - to 48 countries for projects involving health care, education, professional formation and agriculture as well as those for the home, and for aid to youths, the elderly and women. The report indicates that the Board of Directors of the John Paul II Foundation for the Sahel, founded by the Pope in 1984, approved at a meeting in February the financing of 233 projects concerning the environment, water, agriculture, self-development and professional formation for a total of 2,354,894 Euros. The report concludes by indicating that the Board of Directors of the Populorum Progressio Foundation, established by the Pope in 1992 to foster the integral human advancement of indigenous, mixed race and Afro-American rural peoples in Latin America and the Caribbean, examined 300 projects and decided to fund 223 for a total of £1,332,438.82.
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