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A Roof for a New Church in Nicaragua

After Haiti, Nicaragua is the poorest country in Latin America. Given that reality, the Church needs help in many places to be able to fulfil her mission. In 2012, on the outskirts of the town of Boaco, a new parish was established, named after the great Pope Saint John Paul II. Over two thirds of the parish covers a rural area, with 14 outstations. Roughly 70% of the local population of some 20,000 people are Catholics.

It is a very lively parish, and even weekday Mass attendance is close to 50 people. On Sundays there are three Masses, with more than 80 people attending each one. There are also numerous pastoral activities for children, young people and adults. The number of faithful is growing dynamically, not least because of the general population increase in the town of Boaco.

At present a new church is being built in the parish to accommodate the growing number of Catholic faithful. The parish priest, Father Miguel Angulo Rivas, is one of the most experienced and longest serving priests in the Diocese of Granada. He volunteered to take over this parish, along with this difficult and demanding new construction project, because he wanted to take on the challenge of such a major undertaking before his retirement. He is widely regarded as a model for the other priests and for the Catholic faithful in the diocese.

The project is now well advanced, but help is now needed for the roof and the electrical wiring. Father Miguel has turned to ACN for help, so that the new church can be finished as quickly as possible. We were only too happy to contribute $14,400.

Will you join in contributing to finish this new church in Nicaragua? We are sure Father Miguel and his grateful parishioners will remember you in their prayers.

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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