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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 their economies.
At their meeting on November 10, the
Subcommittee approved 61 grants for a total of $1.6 million in aid. Read more in the press release.
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 in these countries. 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 Catholic communications projects.
Years after the fall of communism, even though some are now European Union citizens, the Catholics of Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union still have great needs. The 2014 Collection for the Church in Central and Eastern Europe, slated for Ash Wednesday, March 5, will focus on the theme "Restore the Church. Build the Future."
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.
Interrupted Lives. . .: Catholic Sisters Under European Communism is heading north! This hour-long documentary, distributed by ABC, has been picked up by the Salt & Light Catholic cable channel in Canada. Visit www.saltandlighttv.org. . . for more information on these broadcast dates. Interrupted Lives documents the persecution and tribulations of the sisters who lived under post-World War II Communism until the fall of the Berlin Wall. These sisters were forced out of their homes and into exile, factory and farm labor, deportation, and jail. The film was partially funded by donations to the annual Collection for the Church in Central and Eastern Europe taken up in U.S. parishes. Learn more about the inspirational stories of these sisters or order a DVD.
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