230 NEW PROJECTS APPROVED
BY THE POPULORUM PROGRESSIO FOUNDATION
July 21-23, 2004, the annual meeting of the Administrative Council of the
autonomous Populorum Progressio Foundation took place in the Archdiocese
of Brasilia, Brazil. Of the 263
projects submitted, 230 were approved for funding in the amount of (US)
$1,881,000.00. As happens each year,
a substantial part of the designated funds is the fruit of the generosity of
Italian Catholics, via the Italian Episcopal Conference and the Committee for
Charitable Interventions in the Third World (Comitato per gli Interventi
Caritativi per il Terzo Mondo). Since
February 13, 1992, the day on which Pope John Paul created the Foundation, it
has been possible to finance over two thousand projects totaling approximately
nineteen million dollars. In this
way, "the gesture of the Church's concrete love toward the most abandoned
and needy", especially indigenous populations, those of mixed ethnic
background, and Afro-American groups, is translated into reality.
year, Archbishop Paul Josef Cordes, President of Cor Unum and of the
Foundation, could not be present at the meeting, as he had been sent by the Holy
Father on a special mission to the Darfur region of Sudan, to help the local
population, hard hit by recent tragic events. All of the other Members of the Council were present at the
meeting: His Eminence, Cardinal Juan Sandoval, Archbishop of Guadalajara
(Mexico); Most Rev. Fabio Betancur, President of the Administrative Council and
Archbishop of Manizales (Columbia); Most Rev. Alberto Taviera, Vice President of
the Administrative Council and Archbishop of Palmas (Brazil); Most Rev. Edmundo
Abastoflor, Archbishop of La Paz (Bolivia); Most Rev. Antonio Arregui,
Archbishop of Guayaquil (Ecuador); Most Rev. José Luis Astigarraga, Vicar
Apostolic of Yurimaguas (Peru); Fr. Segundo Tejado, Delegate of the Pontifical
Council Cor Unum. Dr. Juan
Vincente Isaza, Secretary of the Administrative Council, was in charge of
organizing the various aspects of the meeting.
Also present was Msgr. Piergiuseppe Vacchelli, representing the Italian
230 approved projects promote the integral development of these populations and
concern the following areas: 36% of the projects are for the production
generated by farming activity, micro-enterprises, or community stores; 23%
concerns initiatives for creating community infrastructures: drinking water,
fencing, latrines, and community rooms; 18% are related to physical structures,
with the building of schools, residential dwellings and health centers; 16% goes
to benefit education: formation, communication, equipment, and publications; and
7% is designated for health projects: equipment and training.
Members of the Administrative Council were the guests of the Most Rev. João
Braz de Aviz, Archbishop of Brasilia. His
Eminence, Cardinal José Freire Falcão was also present.
They were also received by the Governor of the Federal District of
Brasilia, Mr. Joaquim Roriz.
Populorum Progressio Foundation, established by Pope John Paul II, is a
component of his charitable activity; the projects are approved in his name and
assistance is allocated for their realization.
In fact, many of these works are inscribed with signs that read: "Realized
Thanks for the Support of the Holy Father".
City, July 23, 2004