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The Collection builds the future leadership of the Church by supporting more than eighty people from Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union who are now studying in Rome.
The countries in Central and Eastern Europe have faced many years of hardship. They have been oppressed by czars, radical Communism, horrendous crimes against humanity, and revolutionary, civil, and world wars. Under communism, organized religion was opposed in favor of atheism to overthrow the power of the Russian Orthodox Church. Since the collapse of the former Soviet Union in 1991, Central and Eastern European countries have been working to rebuild political structures, social welfare, and the economy.
The USCCB Subcommittee on the Church in Central and Eastern Europe funds projects in 28 countries to build the pastoral capacity of the Church and to rebuild and restore the faith and the light of Christ in these countries that have dark pasts but bright futures. The funds collected in the Collection for the Church in Central and Eastern Europe are used to grant monies to support seminaries, social service programs, youth ministry, pastoral centers, church construction and renovation, and the transmission of the Gospel message through television, radio, and the Catholic press.
Through contributions and prayer, we can bring light to Central and Eastern Europe and help rebuild all that was lost during decades of persecution. To learn more, please click here.
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