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25th of February 2018

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Ash Wednesday collection to benefit Church in Central and Eastern Europe

The annual collection for the Church in Central and Eastern Europe will be held in most parishes on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 14.

The collection supports pastoral, evangelization, and construction projects, as well as educational scholarships in Central and Eastern Europe, and Central Asia. Other areas of funding include lay and religious formation, poverty outreach, and communications.

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Subcommittee on Aid to the Church in Central and Eastern Europe awarded more than $9.1 million in grants last year for 318 projects in support of the church in formerly communist countries of the region. 

“For decades, our brothers and sisters in Central and Eastern Europe faced a test of faith as they suffered religious and political persecution under oppressive regimes,” said Chicago Cardinal Blase Cupich, chairman of the subcommittee. “We rely on U.S. Catholics’ generosity to this collection to support these communities as they rebuild their faith and continue to be modern witnesses of the Gospel message.”

The Subcommittee on Aid to the Church in Central and Eastern Europe oversees the collection and an annual grant program as part of the USCCB Committee on National Collections. 

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