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Friday, July 16, 2010


VATICAN CITY, 16 JUL 2010 (VIS) - The Administrative Council of the Populorum Progressio Foundation will meet from 20 - 23 July to deliberate on the financing of projects in support of poor indigenous, mixed race, African-American, and rural communities of Latin America and the Caribbean.

The administrative council is composed of the following members: Cardinal Paul J. Cordes, president of the foundation and of the Pontifical Council "Cor Unum"; Cardinal Juan Sandoval Iniguez, archbishop of Guadalajara, Mexico and president of the council; Archbishop Edmundo Luis Abastoflor Montero of La Paz, Bolivia; Archbishop Alberto Taveira Correa of Belem do Para, Brazil; Archbishop Antonio Arregui Yarza of Guayaquil, Ecuador; Bishop Jose Luis Astigarraga Lizarralde C.P., apostolic vicar of Yurimaguas, Peru; and Msgr. Segundo Tejado Munoz, representative of the Pontifical Council “Cor Unum”. Also present at the meeting will be Msgr. Giovanni Battista Gandolfo, the new president of the Italian Episcopal Conference’s committee for charitable initiatives in favour of the Third World, which is the main supporter of the Foundation.

According to a communique made public today, it is emphasized that "this is the first time that the annual meeting of the Administrative Council is being held in a Caribbean country, a geographical area with significant cores of African-American and rural communities".

A trip to Haiti on 22 July was planned before the earthquake that stuck the nation this past January. Each year, the Foundation finances a large number of projects in that country. The delegation will visit the refugee camps organized there by the Catholic Church and will celebrate Mass, together with a local church, in one of them. In the afternoon, a meeting with representatives of the humanitarian organizations present in Haiti will take place at the Apostolic Nunciature as well as a visit to the national Caritas organization. During the visit, Cardinal Cordes will deliver $250,000 in the name of the Holy Father, the first instalment of funds for the project of rebuilding the Saint Francois de Sales School in Port-au-Prince, which was destroyed during the earthquake. He will also deliver, always in the name of the Holy Father, an offering to Caritas Haiti.

The communique notes that this year, 230 projects pertaining to 20 countries have been presented. They are oriented on tending to needs in various areas of: production (agricultural, artisanal, and microbusiness); communal infrastructure (potable water, latrines, community centres); education (training, school resources, publications); health (preventative campaigns, clinic resources); and construction (educational and health centres).

The number of projects presented by country are: Brazil (57), Colombia (41), Peru (21), Haiti (20), Ecuador (19), El Salvador (13), Bolivia (8), Guatemala (8), Chile (7), Argentina (6), Dominican Republic (6), Costa Rica (4), Mexico (4), Paraguay (4), Uruguay (3), Venezuela (3), Cuba (2), Panama (2), Antilles (1), and Nicaragua (1).
CON-CU/ VIS 20100716 (450)

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