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Report says papal charity exceeded $A12m in 2004


The Vatican has published a report citing that aid given by the late Pope John Paul II to poor and suffering in 2004 totaled $A12,051,716.

Catholic News Agency says the report, written by the Pontifical Council "Cor Unum," noted that the figure included aid to victims of both the December 2004 tsunami in Southeast Asia and the internal conflict in Sudan.

It also noted funds allocated for projects of two foundations established by the Holy Father: the John Paul II Foundation for the Sahel and the "Populorum Progressio" Foundation.

The Vatican yesterday said that Cor Unum is the pontifical council charged with dispensing charity to the poor and needy, to victims of natural disasters and to projects approved by the two above-mentioned foundations.

According to the 1988 Apostolic Constitution "Pastor Bonus," these funds are distributed in the name of the Holy Father "to stimulate the witness to evangelical charity." Money is donated to Cor Unum for papal charity through the "spontaneous generosity of dioceses, religious institutes, parishes, schools and individual faithful."

The report also cited that relief sent to victims of the December tsunami totaled $460,000. Pope John Paul II sent Archbishop Paul Cordes, president of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum, to Indonesia and Sri Lanka, the two nations struck the hardest by the tsunami, shortly after the disaster--from January 29 to February 4, 2005.

The archbishop also visited Darfur, Sudan in July 2004 to express the pope's closeness to the populations struck by the internal conflict in that country and to bring aid for the neediest citizens, topping 100,000 euro.

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Report says papal charity exceeded 9 million in 2004 (Catholic News Agency 19/4/05)


20 Apr 2005