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A Car for Pastoral Work in Guatemala

The Diocese of Quiché in northwest Guatemala was severely affected by the civil war which raged through the country in the 1980s and 90s. To this day the people are still deeply marked by these events.

There are many indigenous peoples living in these mountainous regions, and before the civil war, the overwhelming majority of them were Catholic. The savage persecution by the government left deep scars behind it, and today barely 40% of the population is Catholic, while Protestant sects are spreading rapidly.

It is vitally important to provide a solid pastoral outreach to the people, so that they will continue to feel rooted in the Church. The Parish of our Lady of Guadalupe in the town of Chel is one parish in the area, and was founded only in 2018. It is one of the poorest and most isolated parishes in the diocese, and the roads are extremely poor.

Father Francisco  Vázquez Gómez, a young priest, ministers here to some 30,000 people, scattered across more than 24 different villages, some of them well over a hundred miles from the parish center. At present he only has an old car that can simply no longer cope with the treacherous road conditions and is in urgent need of replacement.

We would like to help, with a contribution of $21,600.

Can you give to help Father Gómez buy a car for his challenging pastoral work in the mountains of Guatemala?

Aid to the Church in Need commits to invest your funds where they will have the greatest impact for the Church that we serve. Funds donated to Aid to the Church in Need’s projects will be used towards the greatest need in our programs to help keep the Faith alive.

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