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Church in Latin America


Pope Francis expressed gratitude for the work of the Collection for the Church in Latin America (CLA) in a letter read at the Fall General Assembly of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Baltimore, Maryland. Download the letter.

The Church in the United States has a long history of sharing our faith in Jesus Christ with the people of Latin America and the Caribbean. In 1965, the Bishops of the United States created the Latin America Committee and an annual national collection to support the work of the Church in Latin America. This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of its their creation.

Collection for the Church in Latin America Inspires All to "Share Your Faith"

Visit our new online map to see the projects supported in 2016!

The annual national Collection for the Church in Latin America (CLA) will be the weekend of January 21-22. The 2017 campaign highlights the faith of Latin America and the many opportunities we have to share faith with them. We also recognize the tremendous benefit of having our Latin American brothers and sisters in the Church and the revitalization their fervor brings to the faith. In addition to offering our help and support to the Catholics of Latin America, we have much to learn from them. 

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops invite you to aid our faithful brothers and sisters in the Catholic Church of Latin America. To learn more about who the collection benefits, review the information below or visit How to Give to participate this January.

2016 Earthquake in Ecuador

The Collection for the Church in Latin America is assessing the impact to church structures including parishes, schools, and diocesan offices. The Subcommittee on the Church in Latin America intends to make emergency grants for church reconstruction in Ecuador. For more information on giving to the Collection for the Church in Latin America, please visit our How to Give section. The Subcommittee makes annual grants to the Church in Latin America and the Caribbean from the annual collection. While the Subcommittee cannot earmark individual contributions for specific countries or programs, including for the earthquake in Ecuador, its emergency grants are made from the same funding source, the collection, so any donations made in response to this disaster will increase the overall funds available.

In this video (in Spanish), subcommittee member Bishop Cisneros speaks about his recent visit to Chile and attending a meeting on the pastoral programs that support communities in need.

Our Work in Haiti

  • January 2014: current information on the construction projects in Haiti.

  • Ways for you to help Haiti.

  • Partners in Mission. This important document contains the official position of the Haitian Bishops' Conference regarding "twinning" relationships between Haiti and the Church around the world. It was drafted and finalized with the support of representatives of bishops' conferences and Catholic aid agencies from around the world.

  • 2014 Approved Grants

  • You might remember Norbert... the seminarian in his class who is the sole survivor after the earthquake in Haiti and who the Collection for Latin America has helped. Read this article to see how Norbert is doing now.


The collection has a long history of supporting Catholics in Latin America through the Continental Mission.

Download the 2015 Annual Report and see how your gift makes a difference in Latin America and the Caribbean.



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