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The Pastoral Solidarity Fund for the Church in Africa was founded on the basic principles of Pope John Paul II's call to action in Ecclesia in Africa and the adoption of the statement A Call to Solidarity with Africa from the bishops of the United States.
"The critical challenges and enormous potential facing Africa today serve as the opportunity for--and test of--our mutual solidarity. Our response to this vocation of solidarity with the Church and peoples of Africa enables us to express love 'in deed and in truth' (1 John 3:18), a love that creates no borders and sets no limits to what might be accomplished together in Christ." --United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, A Call to Solidarity with Africa (2001)
Africa faces the economic and social hurdles of enormous debt, epidemic, severe poverty, and political unrest. In spite of these challenges, the Church in Africa has almost tripled in size in the past 30 years. However, it is difficult for the church to sustain its growth and maintain essential pastoral outreach. The Fund provides grants to finance pastoral projects including outreach programs, schools, evangelization, and education of clergy and lay ministers. Our solidarity is necessary to help the "salt of the Earth" Church in Africa realize its potential as a "light of the world."
THANK YOU to all who have generously contributed to the Pastoral Solidarity Fund for the Church in Africa. Your support makes a real difference in the faith lives of the people in Africa. Please continue to pray for our African sisters and brothers.
If you miss your parish collection, donations may also be sent to:
Solidarity Fund for the Church in Africa
USCCB-Office of National Collections
3211 4th Street NE
Washington, DC 20017
Promotion resources are always available here.
The end of summer brings both a sense of excitement and a sense of peace as many parents, teachers and students prepare to go back to school. Sadly, in the Republic of Djibouti in Africa, 60% of the primary school age population does not attend school, (Source: USAID 2004). Many times, children do not have access to basic schooling, teachers are ill-equipped to teach them and the areas are not safe enough for them to travel to school.
With help from the Pastoral Solidarity Fund for The Church in Africa, the Diocese of Djibouti opened the doors of four schools and helped over 700 students receive the education they need in a safe environment. The schools promote Catholic faith and values while at the same time teaching trades that will allow each child to be financially independent in the future.
Students like Hajouwera Gladness, a fourth grader at Our Lady of Boulaos School, know first-hand how important this project is for her: “In this school the teachers and the head of the school is paying attention to each person and the way of teaching. We can learn computers, go to the library, make sport activities and participate in different kind of competitions…we are in security in the school. It’s very nice. I feel as if it’s my family.”
Your continued support of the Solidarity Fund helps to ensure a brighter future for Hajouwer.
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Church in Africa News
"Responding to the call of the Church in Africa, as pastors in the United States we recognize the mutual bonds of solidarity that unite us-bonds that have been forged through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We stand in solidarity with the Church and the peoples of Africa, to recognize and support their courageous commitment to peace, justice, and reconciliation . As we do this, we are reminded of the words of the Holy Father: "Africa is not destined for death, but for life!"
—United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, A Call to Solidarity with Africa (2001).
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