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Journey with ACN – Bangladesh

17.01.2014 in ACN Canada, ACN International, ACN PROJECTS, Bangladesh, Uncategorized

JOURNEY WITH ACN is our Friday newsletter which will be regularly posted to our blog.  

Our weekly newsletter was designed to provide us with an opportunity to acquaint you with the needs of the Catholic Church around the world – and with some of the projects we have been able to realize together with ACN benefactors.

This week:  Bangladesh


A message from Archbishop Patrick D’Rozario

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The Christians in Bangladesh is a “little flock”.  But the Church has great impact on the entire populace of Bangladesh because of its long standing commitments and services to education, health care, development work, charitable activities and inter-religious dialogue.  The Church has another important role to play, and that is prayer, which brings love, justice and reconciliation.

For Church in Bangladesh some of our mission priorities are:  to promote quality education to all, health care to the poor, development of the poor and the needy, immediate charity to the people affected by the natural and human made calamities, justice for climate change, formation of youth, healing of misery through justice, promoting peace and reconciliation.

For the evangelization within the Diocese ad intra we are committed to:  formation of the laity, Christian leadership trainings, promotion of human dignity and rights of the people, promotion of Small Christian Communities, family ministries, youth ministries, dialogue, justice and peace and certain infra-structures to provide the above services to the Christian people.

In the Pastoral Assembly of Archdiocese of Dhaka which was held in September this year we have taken as Pastoral theme for 2014: FAITH LEADS TO SERVICE.  (See some photos on the event). After celebrating the Year of Faith with a lot of achievements we have taken the theme of Service especially to:  (a)  Creation and Culture, (b) Human person, family and basic community, (c) poorest of the poor.  At the level of the family, basic communities, parish, region and the diocese, the program of activities are being planned for 2014.

The Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) has contributed in the past and also making contribution for the above programs. Our thanks to ACN and to all its donor partners.

Archbishop Patrick D’Rozario, csc.

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© ACN – Seminarians in Bangladesh

Press Release: Bangladesh – Minorities suffer fear and violence

14.01.2014 in ACN International, Bangladesh, International Catholic Charity Aid to the Church in Need

BANGLADESH 1By Maria Lozano, ACN International

Adapted by AB Griffin, ACN Canada

 Montreal, Tuesday January 14 , 2014 —

A  violent and also fatal boycott took place in Bangladesh by opposition parties in the hope of preventing a vote in Bangladesh, following a  general election last Sunday, 5 January 2014.  The ruling Awami league had had an overwhelming win, due to a low voter turnout.

A hundred polling stations were the targets of attack as part of a boycott led by the main opposition party, the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and its ally, the Islamist and markedly fundamentalist Jamaat-e-Islami party. According to the latest information, at least 21 people were killed and more than 300 injured during the violence surrounding these elections.

Sources close to the international Catholic pastoral foundation Aid to the Church in Need (ACN)  told of the tensions during the days running-up to the election, which also coincided with Christmas celebrations. “Due to the terrible and difficult situation, the majority of people were unable to celebrate Christmas in my region in Dinajpur. In most of the dioceses many of the villages are far apart and generally the priest can only celebrate Mass there only once or twice a year. As a result of the boycott, the roadblocks and the terrorist attacks, the priests and catechists were unable to move about easily; even in their own towns or villages it was not possible to move around.”

The source goes on to explain that in addition to burning cars, throwing tanks of gasoline against the trains and lifting railway lines, followers of the most fundamentalist opposition parties also resorted to attacking religious minorities in the country, especially Hindus. “They are burning the houses of the minorities, looting them and even beating people, sometimes to the point of death. Every day we see photographs in the paper of many people killed in these extreme conditions. We are living through a terrible situation.”

BANGLADESH 3The situation has grown worse since the elections. “On the very day of the election, a number of Hindu houses were looted and then burned in a village near our house. Last night, January 7, a Christian village was burned and many people were beaten. Some members of our families are among them. Please pray for the safety and protection of the ordinary people in our country, especially those of minorities.”

According to other sources contacted by ACN, the situation is not as serious in other of the country’s regions. Many of the acts of violence were not generally directed against specific individuals, but rather took place within the context of the boycott and the strike in opposition to the elections.

It is also undoubtedly true, however, that there have been attacks on religious minorities, and particularly against the Hindu minority, who have suffered  the worst of the violence. One priest from Dhaka reports: “There are some places where the people have suffered greatly, for example one district in Dinajpur and two districts in the diocese of Khulna. In the capital and other districts where election was held, the government called out the army, and the security forces were very much on the alert. They sent the police to all the churches for their protection, both in the cities of Dhaka and in the surrounding villages. Hence I was able to celebrate Christmas in a village 30 km from the city of Dhaka. There were more than 10 police officers posted at the door of the church, from  December 23 to the evening of the 25th. Everything was peaceful, even though I was personally frightened to travel around on my motorbike during those days.”

JOURNEY WITH ACN – Ethiopia

20.12.2013 in ACN BENEFACTORS, ACN International, ACN PROJECTS, CONSTRUCTION, Ethiopia, Journey with ACN, Uncategorized

JOURNEY WITH ACN is our Friday newsletter which will be regularly posted to our blog.  

Our weekly newsletter was designed to provide us with an opportunity to acquaint you with the needs of the Catholic Church around the world – and with some of the projects we have been able to realize together with ACN benefactors.

This week:  Ethiopia


A simple house for the priest in a remote outstation of the parish of Itang 

The apostolic vicariate of Gambella lies in the extreme west of Ethiopia close to the border with South Sudan. It is a remote and underdeveloped region, where there is great poverty. Many of the children here are visibly undernourished. The Catholic Church is greatly welcomed in this region. Many people say to the priests, “When the Catholic Church comes, everything becomes fruitful!.” And they remark with wonder, “Wherever the Church is, there is water. The government gives us bad water, but the Church brings good water. We love your God; please come to us also!.”

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© ACN

In fact the Church not only brings water, but hand mills for grinding corn; sets up kindergartens and support in agricultural matters. The Church also seeks to promote reconciliation between the tribes since bloody feuds erupt on a consistent basis, especially between the tribes which practise cultivation and those which live a pastoral, nomadic lifestyle. The flocks come and eat the farmer’s crops, and the farmers take over the grazing lands of the pastoralists.

In the village of Puol, the people would like the Church to be present with them. However, this village is in such a remote area that one could literally say it is at the other end of the world!  The “road” leading to it is difficult to negotiate even in the dry season. And when the river Baro, floods its banks in the rainy season leaving the village in total isolation for up to 4 months of every year. The people cannot even reach the neighbouring villages. During the wet season the only way that Father Desalegn Desale, their priest, can reach them is by motor boat.

Thanks to help from ACN, a chapel has already been built in the village and was consecrated at the beginning of this year, 2013.  The Catholic faithful meet here for Holy Mass, for prayer and religious instruction, for educational programs and other activities. Over 120 people in the village are preparing for baptism for until recently, they simply sat under the trees when the priest came.

Father Desalegn Desale travels regularly from the town of Itang to these remote regions in order to visit and minister to its people. But given the poor state of travel, it would make things so much easier if he had a place to stay in Puol where he could stay for several days and minister much more effectively to the people in Puol and the surrounding villages.

The good Father has turned to us for help. Traditionally, the people in this region build huts of wood and mud. But although cheap to build, such huts quickly deteriorate as a result of the rain and the floods and the termite activity. Consequently, there is a need to build something more permanent. We are hoping to be able to help with a contribution of $36,000, so that a simple and modest house can be built for the priest and the parish.

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We would like to take this opportunity to wish you a very blessed Christmas and joyful New Year.  May 2014 be one of Peace in our world.

Children's nativity play in Uruguay. AC

Children’s nativity play in Uruguay.
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December 18th – SECOND DAY: NOVENA for Central Africa

18.12.2013 in ACN BENEFACTORS, ACN Canada, ACN International, Aid to refugees, Catholic priests, Central Africa, Central African Republic, International Catholic Charity Aid to the Church in Need, Uncategorized

 For the Pastors and the faithful;

For the living stones of the church.

“O Adonai and leader of Israel, you appeared to Moses in a burning bush and you gave him the Law on Sinai. O come and save us with your mighty power”

COME QUICKLY, LORD. COME, O SAVIOUR!

GRANT US PEACE

“Sunday Masses were celebrated in the parishes only in the morning, as holding Masses at night was impossible given the continued security threats. Attendance at the liturgies varied from church to church, but overall there was a decline. Father Iréné Fernand, vicar of the Church of Our Lady of Africa commented: “Ah, my friends, this was the first time in my life that I said Mass for just nine faithful in a parish that often attracts 3,000 faithful on Sundays. ‘There where one or two are gathered in my name, Jesus says, I am in their midst.’ Christ was with us and still is with us.” The parish served by this pastor was subject to repeated threats by the seleka to the point of exasperating him and prompting him to say: ‘Ah, those Seleka! They came to the parish of Our Lady of Africa at 11.30, the third time in two days. The result : a pick-up truck was stolen and three cars were damaged. … Thanks to the intervention of a parishioner and French troops, they were not able to take off with the other cars.’

These men without scruples! They have no respect, not even for the sacred … All the parishes prayed for peace in the Central African Republic. One thing is certain: God will not remain silent in the face of all these prayers offered him by these men and women for the intention of the Central African Republic.

Letter P. Dieu-Béni Mganga, 8th December, Archidiócesis de Bangui

ACN-20131214-03689 REMEMBER, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly to thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother; to thee do I come; before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me.

Amen.

Text by Maria Lozano, ACN International

Adapted by Amanda Griffin, ACN Canada

Journey with ACN – Papua New Guinea

29.11.2013 in ACN BENEFACTORS, ACN Canada, ACN PROJECTS, Papua New Guinea, Uncategorized

JOURNEY WITH ACN is our Friday newsletter which will be regularly posted to our blog.  

Our weekly newsletter was designed to provide us with an opportunity to acquaint you with the needs of the Catholic Church around the world – and with some of the projects we have been able to realize together with ACN benefactors.

This week:  Papua New Guinea


Support for the pastoral program of the Archdiocese of Port Moresby

By ACN International

Adapted by AB Griffin, ACN Canada

Papua New Guinea covers an area roughly the same size as Spain, though it has just 6.7 million inhabitants. The territory also extends over more than 600 islands, which can only be reached by air or by boat. Where it is not possible to travel by air, by boat or by car, the priests and pastoral workers have to travel on foot. This is also the case when travelling to the Archdiocese of Port Moresby, which was established in November 1966. Since then. not only has the number of Catholics grown steadily in Papua New Guinea, but the social importance of the Catholic Church in the area has greatly increased.

Port Moresby, the capital of Papua New Guinea, is something of a melting pot. Having grown steadily over the years, it is now home to people from a number of different origins and ethnicities, cultures and religious persuasions, as well as languages spoken.

“The 600,000 or so inhabitants, of whom many are Catholics, come from every part of the country, as well as from neighbouring countries and from overseas,” emphasizes Archbishop John Ribat. Since taking office in March 2008, he has launched a pastoral program that continues to operate to this day. “In order to prevent this variety from degenerating into division, we want to strengthen the sense of togetherness within the archdiocese and build on the spirit of solidarity among the faithful and their priests, and between the various parishes and other pastoral groupings,” he adds.

There are an estimated 300,000 Catholics living in the Archdiocese of Port Moresby. This number is but an estimate because there are no reliable statistics. The diocese is subdivided into 19 parishes and also maintains 100 primary and secondary schools, as well as two hospitals. In some cases the distances between the individual parishes are considerable. In the past there was little contact between the various parish priests on account of the very poor infrastructure. But now, and at the express wish of the priests themselves, all the 70 priests of the diocese (roughly 2 of 3  belonging to religious congregations) regularly meet at the archbishop’s house to exchange ideas and experiences.

“As a result, the understanding of the various demands on the pastoral ministry in the parishes has grown, whether in the country or in the town,” the archbishop reports.

There is also closer co-operation and coordination between other initiatives within the archdiocese such as : a service of medical volunteers helping in the field of health care for mothers and their children and in alcohol prevention; this, according to the vicar general, Father Roderigo Campilan, is supporting hundreds of people and benefiting thousands of others. A coordinator for Catholic education who will supervise the teaching of the faith and the religious instruction has also been appointed, both for the Church schools and state schools.

ACN is supporting this three-year pastoral program with a contribution of $54 000.

Journey with ACN – Russia

22.11.2013 in ACN Canada, ACN International, ACN PROJECTS, Russia, Uncategorized

JOURNEY WITH ACN is our Friday newsletter which will be regularly posted to our blog.  

Our weekly newsletter was designed to provide us with an opportunity to acquaint you with the needs of the Catholic Church around the world – and with some of the projects we have been able to realize together with ACN benefactors.

This week: Russia


“If you want to find God, then go to the children’s hospice”

 The first children’s hospice in Russia celebrates its 10th anniversary

The first ever hospice in Russia for children with terminal illnesses is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. The project was started by the Russian Orthodox priest Aleksandr Tkachenko, who came recently to visit the international headquarters of the Catholic pastoral charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) in the town of Königstein, near Frankfurt, Germany, to say thank you for the support supplied by ACN for the start-up of this project. “Thanks to your help we have been able and continue to be able to do a great deal for a great many people. We Orthodox and Catholic Christians are united in our love of God and neighbour. It is our vocation to pass on to others the love of Christ.”

Russie -1The hospice was founded in 2003 as a response to the needs of terminally ill children and their families, who until then had not received any kind of adequate help in Russia. Father Tkachenko, who had done special training in the United States as a hospital chaplain, recognised that “something needs to be done in this field as soon as possible in Russia too”. And so an institution was established, in collaboration with specialist doctors and psychologists, where “terminally ill children can be helped to play and to learn and to live a full life, right up to the end”.

At the same time, families who are caring for their sick children at home are provided with medical, psychological and pastoral support. The pastoral aspect is especially important, Father Alexander observes. “We don’t preach at the sick bed, but in such a situation people come to us with so many profound questions, and as priests, we try to help them to find inner peace.”

He explains that the priests are not there “to lecture” such children, but can instead “learn from them”. Such terminally ill children have “a deep awareness of God” and by their experience in confronting death actually become “teachers of the priests”. Last year, Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill had visited the hospice on his birthday. “Although he was only meant to be visiting for ten minutes and had important people waiting for him, he extended his visit to 2 hours.” Afterwards, the Patriarch told journalists, “If you want to find God, then go to visit the children’s hospice.” Now another such children’s hospice is being established in the Moscow region, at the express request of the Patriarch. Once again it is being supported by ACN.

Speaking to ACN, Father Tkachenko emphasized the fact that both Pope Francis and the Russian Orthodox Patriarch were in agreement that the Church must minister to society. “She must not simply build churches, but must be committed to people. I like Pope Francis very much, because he is pastoral in a natural way. He is someone who even as a bishop went about on foot and helped people. That’s something I like.”

JOURNEY WITH ACN – Cuba

15.11.2013 in ACN Canada, ACN International, ACN PROJECTS, Child's Bible, Cuba, Father Werenfried van Straaten, International Catholic Charity Aid to the Church in Need, Religious education

JOURNEY WITH ACN is our Friday newsletter which will be regularly posted to our blog.  

Our weekly newsletter was designed to provide us with an opportunity to acquaint you with the needs of the Catholic Church around the world – and with some of the projects we have been able to realize together with ACN benefactors.

This week: Cuba


50,000 copies of the Child’s Bibles in Spanish

By ACN International

Adapted by AB Griffin, ACN Canada

Most of us probably remember the first Bible we ever received as children. We never forget those first images that made Jesus visible for us, whether of his birth in Bethlehem or of his public ministry, or healing the sick. Because many people in many parts of the world simply cannot afford the cost of books, ACN’s founder Father Werenfried van Straaten, was particularly determined that every child in this world – especially the poorest of the poor – have access to a children‘s Bible.

“Children need something like a child’s Bible so that the image of Christ will becomes a living one in their hearts. They will also be gripped by the Old Testament stories of Noah, Abraham, Joseph, Moses and David. Yet, for countless children in the Third World such a Bible is an unfulfilled wish. They are so poor that they cannot afford any book. And so we would like to make them a gift of a Bible,” observed FatherWerenfried.

And so it is that for 34 years now, the little ACN Child’s Bible with the red cover has become a world bestseller. God speaks to his Children, as this little book is known, has been printed in over 174 different languages, for a total printing of close to 51 million copies.

The earliest Child’s Bibles were distributed in 1979 during the International Year of the Child, in the presence of Pope John Paul II at the General Assembly of the Latin American bishops in Puebla, Mexico. Since, millions of children around the world have, for the first time in their lives, received the gift of a book of their very own. They love this little Bible, kiss it, clutch it to their hearts and read it over and over until it is practically falling apart.

20081029_005In the rainforests, the Andes and in Africa too…

Today this little book can be found almost anywhere – from the Brazilian rainforest, to the little villages of the Andes, to the grass huts of Africa, or to the communities of Sisters in Eastern Europe who lovingly care for neglected children…

This year a new request has reached ACN from Cuba. After 50 years of atheist dictatorship, there are new signs of hope and small steps toward a brighter future. Although there are still instances of discrimination against practising Catholics, the faithful are gradually losing their fear of discrimination and venturing to live their faith more openly. The visits of Pope John Paul II in January 1998, and Pope Benedict XVI in March 2012, plus the grand pilgrim tour through every diocese of the country of a replica of the famous image of Our Lady of Charity of El Cobre, have greatly contributed to an improvement in the situation on this Caribbean island.

However, the younger generation has for the most part grown up without any proper religious instruction. Many want to know God better, but there is a real lack of books for use in catechesis, especially for children. Consequently, ACN is hoping to contribute $60,100 for the printing of 50,000 copies of the Child’s Bible in Spanish, so that in Cuba the image of Christ may also become a living one, in the hearts of thousands of children.

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Journey with ACN – Brazil

08.11.2013 in ACN International, ACN PROJECTS, Brazil, CONSTRUCTION, Contemplative Sisters

JOURNEY WITH ACN is our Friday newsletter which will be regularly posted to our blog.  

Our weekly newsletter was designed to provide us with an opportunity to acquaint you with the needs of the Catholic Church around the world – and with some of the projects we have been able to realize together with ACN benefactors.

This week: Brazil


A big thank-you to our benefactors for supporting the construction of a Carmelite convent

ACN International

Adapted by AB Griffin, ACN Canada

Emeritus Archbishop of Natal, Dom Heitor de Araujo Sales is now 87 years old and has spent his adult-life in service to the Church in the north-east of Brazil, which has always been and continues to be the poorest region of the country. He has witnessed it for 30  years as a priest and 15 years as Bishop of Caicó; and finally the last10 years as Archbishop of Natal.

The Archbishop retired officially in 2003, but retirement is hardly the right term to use as he has given no indication of choosing to rest. He believes he is, so to speak, the “guardian angel” of his former archdiocese of Natal and  continues to manage numerous projects.

One project which he holds especially dear to his heart is one for the Carmelite Sisters who first settled in the area at his own request. Theirs is the first, and so far, the only contemplative convent in the archdiocese, and it was the archbishop‘s heartfelt wish to persuade these contemplative Sisters to establish themselves in Natal.

While still Bishop of Caicó at that time, Dom Heitor witnessed how greatly the people love the contemplative Sisters. He recalls the story of a woman who once visited the convent and afterwards said to a friend, who had not been there: “You just don’t know what you missed!”

Dom Heitor has observed a “great hunger for God” among the people. As it is, a great many of the Catholic faithful attend Sunday Mass at the convent of the Carmelite Sisters in Natal, and the chapel becomes completely overcrowded.

Initially, the small community of five sisters was temporarily housed in the former minor seminary. But very soon the building was bursting at its seams and because of this, the Carmelites were unable to accept any new vocations for lack of space even though there were already seven young women waiting to enter the convent and join their community.

Space for the Sisters to work in was scarce, which made it difficult for them to work to support themselves. Apart from one sewing machine in one tiny room, they had no other earning opportunities. They wished to start up a candlemaking workshop in order to be more autonomous and less in need of outside donations.

ACN was able to help these Carmelite Sisters with a contribution of $ 124,000  to build a new convent.

The Sisters would like to say thank you to all our benefactors and those that made it possible!

ACN-20130902-00489

 

Journey with ACN – Haiti

25.10.2013 in ACN International, ACN PROJECTS, CONSTRUCTION, Haiti, Journey with ACN

JOURNEY WITH ACN is our Friday newsletter which will be regularly posted to our blog.  This weekly newsletter will an opportunity for us to acquaint you with the needs of the Church and the projects we have realized together in countries around the world.

This week: Haiti

 

A jeep, some breviaries and some bookshelves for the national seminary in Port-au-Prince

By ACN International

Adapted by AB Griffin, ACN Canada 

On 12 January 2010, Haiti was struck by a devastating earthquake, which claimed the lives of at least a quarter of a million people and laid waste to entire cities. Also devastated by this catastrophe was the National Seminary in the capital, Port-au-Prince – the only seminary in the country.

Six theology students, eight philosophy students and one professor lost their lives, while many of the buildings were completely flattened, including the chapel, the refectory and the library. But 243 of the seminarians managed to survive the earthquake. “When I think that the entire community could well have been in the chapel at the time of the earthquake, it sends shivers down my spine,” the apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Erzbischof Bernardito Auza remarked at the time to the Fides news service. “That would really have been a terrible loss.” And he added, “Those who were buried under the rubble were for the most part able to free themselves. The rector was in his office on the ground floor of one of the buildings at the time. His office no longer exists, but the rector himself was unhurt and cannot himself remember how or in what way he managed to get out. He says that Our Lady must have led him.”

Despite everything, the seminary was able to resume its activities just a few weeks after the catastrophe, though in tents this time. ACN has helped a number of times in support of the seminary, following this terrible catastrophe, so that the nearly 250 young men still training there for the priesthood are able to continue pursuing their vocation.

HAITI 2Most recently the rector asked us for help to purchase a jeep, some breviaries and some solid bookshelves for the philosophy department. The vehicle was needed for transporting provisions for the seminary and for taking sick seminarians to the doctor, since there is no public transport. The bookcases are needed so that the library can be re-established, and the breviaries are vital for the spiritual life of the seminarians.

ACN has provided $8,400 for some solid metal bookshelves, $4,200  for the cost of the breviaries and $41,300 for the purchase of a jeep.

The rector and all the seminarians want to say thank you to all our generous benefactors, not only for your donations but also for your prayers, and know that they in turn are praying for you!

 

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Journey with ACN – Tanzania

21.10.2013 in ACN International, ACN PROJECTS, Catholic Religious Brothers, CONSTRUCTION, TANZANIA

A house for the Claretian missionaries in Kimara

 ACN International

Adapted by AB Griffin, ACN Canada

The congregation of the Claretian Fathers and Brothers was founded in 1849 by Saint Anthony Maria Claret. Today its members include 19 bishops, over 2,000 priests and 3,000 brothers in 63 different countries around the world. Since 2003 the Claretians have also been active in the Archdiocese of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania. In fact, they now have a presence in eight different centres. They work in the schools, training and educating children; they provide basic medical support and work on behalf of the disadvantaged, especially those of the ethnic minorities. They support single mothers and encourage people to set up self-help groups. They seek to “see the world through the eyes of the poor,” and strive to alleviate suffering of both body and soul. One of the communities they serve is the parish of Our Lady in Kimara, approximately 290 km from the capital, where they run an extremely active parish composed of almost 11,000 Catholics.

Until now, the Claretians have been living in temporary accommodations which do not even include running water. By building a house for their community, Cardinal Pengo, the Archbishop of Dar es Salaam, hopes to make the life and work of these Claretian missionaries a little easier.

Cardinal Pengo has turned to ACN for help with this project and writes, “Your support will undoubtedly encourage the brothers to continue their missionary activities. The lack of a proper house in an area where diseases like malaria are widespread can frequently lead to the missionaries falling ill and being unable to carry out their demanding and extensive regularly planned work. The lack of suitable premises and clean drinking water leaves them living in unhealthy conditions. The catechetical sessions and courses have to be held inside the church itself. Nor do they have any possibility of accommodating even a single visitor. On top of this, their present accommodations do not offer the least degree of security, and this is a region where robberies and break-ins are on the increase. All this makes their life hard and very burdensome.”

  

Problems facing the faithful 

TANZANIE 1The Catholic faithful love their parish, and they love to participate in the Eucharist and pray and meet together. Their numbers are growing steadily. Every day there is a Holy Mass in Kimara, and three Masses a week in outlying stations.

Though many of the local people are poor peasant farmers who make their livelihood by selling what they produce, and the money is barely enough to live on, they are still willing to give a part of this modest income towards the cost of the home, as a way of  giving back to the Brothers in return – because the Claretians have become indispensable through their work of social and economic development – and of salvation.                                                                                                                                      

The young people of the parish intend to help with the construction and greatly appreciate the work the Brothers do. Many have grown-up with only one parent, and often children have had to work to support their families.  

Some live on the streets, and there are many problems that come with it. In the case of  girls, fertility is highly valued, and many of them have children very young without ever having been married. Another problem is the traditional dowry system. Because many families simply cannot afford the dowry and are expected to pay for their daughter’s wedding, many young couples simply live together unmarried. Traditional family structures are collapsing and early sexual contact, teen pregnancies, abortion and crime are very much commonplace. 

What the Claretians bring is a great blessing for the local people, and once they have a  house it  will enable them to devote all their time and energy to those in need of them.

ACN is planning to contribute $21,000 towards this construction project.

 

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