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Project of The Week – Brazil

Help for the training of 15 seminarians

Brazil has long been an overwhelmingly Catholic country, but this is changing.  Today, only around 64% of its 213 million people are still Catholics. 

The difficult situation in the country, marked by corruption, unemployment, economic crisis, and environmental destruction, has allowed many to fall prey to the false promises and “prosperity gospels” of the sects, which are extremely active and well-funded in Brazil. This is why it is more important than ever for the Church to be visibly present among the people, especially through her priests.  

In the Diocese of Bom Jesus da Lapa, in the interior of Bahia State, the percentage of Catholics is still relatively high, at almost 80%. But numbers here have also been declining. In the year 2000, it was 90%. There are too few priests, with just one priest for over 10,300 faithful – not nearly enough to adequately minister pastorally to the people.

The good news is that there are 15 young men from the diocese currently undergoing formation in other diocesan seminaries. The diocese itself has to pay for their training and upkeep, which represents a heavy burden. As much as the Catholic faithful strive to support the Church as best as they can, they are poor, and their financial situation has only worsened since the pandemic.  We are therefore proposing to support the diocese with a contribution of $12,000 for the training of these 15 young men, so that they can continue uninterrupted on their path to the priesthood.

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