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WASHINGTON—The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Subcommittee on the Church in Latin America has made a $280,000 grant to support a mobile chapels project in Chile. This grant will provide 20 temporary chapels to earthquake-affected dioceses in Chile.
February’s earthquake severely impacted Chilean parishes. Nearly one million Catholics there cannot worship in their home parishes. The creation of these chapels will provide worship space to several parishes immediately and give them time to develop long term plans for reconstruction. Fifteen additional chapels will be provided by Aid to the Church in Need, an international Catholic charity under the guidance of the Holy Father.
“This project was brought to our attention through our collaboration with Aid to the Church in Need. They have an architect in Chile who has designed a temporary chapel that seats 150 people,” said Archbishop José H. Gomez of San Antonio, chairman of the Subcommittee. “We are pleased to be able to respond to this request for help from the president of the Chilean Episcopal Conference. It is essential that the faithful be able to return to the sacraments and to the faith community that has sustained them.”
At its March 26, 2010 allocations meeting, the Subcommittee also approved nearly $50,000 to the Chilean Church for various pastoral projects unrelated to the current crisis. The Subcommittee will visit Chile in the near future to identify in what ways it can continue to be of assistance.
For more information on projects funded by the USCCB’s Collection for the Church in Latin America go to http://www.usccb.org/latinamerica/.
Keywords: Chile, earthquake, Church in Latin America, National Collection, Archbishop José H. Gomez, USCCB, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
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