WASHINGTON— The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops'(USCCB) Subcommittee on the Church in Africa has approved 54 grants totaling$1.4 million in funding to support dioceses and pastoral projects across theAfrican continent.
Projects slated to receive funding through theSolidarity Fund for the Church in Africa include the following:
● In Lesotho,Radio Maria offers Christian educational programs designed to enrich the faithand improve the lives of its listeners. This grant will help Radio Maria toinstall three new transmitting stations, which will allow their programs toreach the entire Lesotho population.
● In Ghana,the Diocese of Wa's newly established Child Protection Office seeks to create anew culture where safeguarding children is the responsibility of all. Thisgrant will support the diocese to organize training for the Diocesan and SchoolChild Protection Teams, clergy, religious and pastoral agents. The workshopswill convey information and create sensitivity on protection of children andvulnerable adults, promote creation of safe environments for children, offerskill development, and help the diocese develop policies, as well as liaisewith government and civil society on child protection.
● In Rwanda,the Episcopal Conference continues to promote reconciliation and peaceeducation following the genocide. This grant will allow the Conference totranslate conflict prevention materials into the local language of Kinyarwandato be used within Catholic schools across the country.
"Through the generous support of the Solidarity Fundfor the Church in Africa, the Catholics of the United States show that we standin solidarity with our sisters and brothers in Africa and recognize theircourageous commitment to peace, justice, reconciliation, and Christian hopethroughout the continent," said Cardinal Joseph Tobin, CSsR, of Newark, Chairmanof the Subcommittee on the Church in Africa.
Additional areas of funding include seminarian andreligious formation, evangelization, family ministries, and lay leadershiptraining.
The Subcommittee on the Church in Africa oversees theSolidarity Fund for the Church in Africa as part of the USCCB Committee onNational Collections. It allocates revenue received from the Solidarity Fund,which is a voluntary collection, as pastoral grants to episcopal conferencesand their regional associations in Africa. To learn more about the work of theSubcommittee visit www.usccb.org/africa.
Keywords: U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB,Cardinal Joseph Tobin, Subcommittee on the Church in Africa, grants, training,pastoral care, Solidarity Fund for the Church in Africa
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