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The Subcommittee on the Church in Africa only accepts applications from Continental, Regional and National Catholic Bishops' Conferences in Africa for activities that serve to strengthen or extend the Church's pastoral mission. Up to three applications will be accepted from each Bishops' Conference.
For further information and application forms, please contact Patrick Markey (firstname.lastname@example.org), Executive Director of USCCB's Office of National Collections. We regret that we are unable to respond to inquiries that do not come directly from national Catholic bishops' conferences belonging to the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM).
The Church in this country enjoys a distinguished record of both moral and material support for the Church in Africa. In a bold move forward, the Pastoral Solidarity Fund represents direct aid from the U.S. Bishops' Conference to the Church in Africa, characterized by stronger coordination and accountability. This initiative builds upon the historic work of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith and Catholic Relief Services (CRS). It is designed to complement, not duplicate, their work in Africa. The Fund provides a vehicle for bishops to provide sustained, effective and accountable support to the Church in Africa. The Pastoral Solidarity Fund will help respond to explicitly pastoral needs; it will not duplicate the humanitarian or development assistance provided by Catholic Relief Services.
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