We also paid particular attention to those regions in Africa where we see a rise in radical Islamism.

Although many countries in Africa continue to suffer from war, drought and hunger, the Catholic Church there has grown considerably over the past decades – a number of regions are in the process of primary evangelization. Nevertheless, the Church faces great challenges on the continent. An increasingly radical Islamism and deficits in pastoral formation are among the greatest problems here. In 2016, more than a quarter of our total budget went to the Church in Africa.

South Sudan, which has been devastated by civil war and extreme drought, longs for peace. Without the humanitarian aid of churches and aid organisations, people would fall into deep despair. Thousands upon thousands of the South Sudanese live in huge refugee camps.

South Sudan, which has been devastated by civil war and extreme drought, longs for peace. Without the humanitarian aid of churches and aid organisations, people would fall into deep despair. Thousands upon thousands of the South Sudanese live in huge refugee camps. We support the Church with funds for travel expenses, for example, so that priests can overcome what are often long distances to the camps by plane, providing people there with food and medicine and offering them comfort.

We support the Church with funds for travel expenses, for example, so that priests can overcome what are often long distances to the camps by plane, providing people there with food and medicine and offering them comfort.

» Peace must grow on a foundation of education and brotherly love. «

Seminarians at the Major Seminary Benedict XVI, Kendoumayah parish, Guinea

In addition to our aid in the area of mobility, we also promote the formation of priests and catechists. We are deeply moved by the often altruistic commitment of many priests and missionaries, and also about the fact that they have not yet left the country, despite the continuing violence and terror. This is why we will remain active in South Sudan.For with depopulated dioceses and an insufficient number of priests, the future of the Church is at risk here.

Aid:
27.5% of total

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» May the Lord make your prayers and your commitment to the mission of the Church always bring forth more fruit through the world, especially where it is suffering from spiritual and material needs or is discriminated against and persecuted. «

–– Pope Francis

© Carole AlFarah

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