In Northeast India, the Catholic Church is still relatively young. In 2016, she celebrated 120 years of ministry here, but in many parts of this region, Catholic missionaries were only able to enter during the second half of the 20th century. This is an isolated and underdeveloped area, marked by political unrest and conflicts, by deep poverty and many other problems. But the Church here is very much alive and vital; now there are almost 2 million Catholics in the region, while the number of vocations to the priesthood and religious life is growing.
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The Catholic Church Africa is something of a record holder – one in every nine priests, one in every four seminarians and one in every six lay Catholics in the world are coming from this continent! Many of the seminaries are bursting at the seams, and – in contrast to other parts of the world – the number of priests is actually growing year by year.
This year, the Little Sisters of the Helpless Elderly (Hermanitas de los Ancianos Desamparados) are celebrating the 145th anniversary of their foundation. Ever since 1873, they have been caring for the poor, the lonely and the helpless elderly.
Will you give to help Father Sergij expand his rehabilitation center for drug addicts in Russia? At present, there are 60 young men who have been accepted in the center. In order to provide an occupation for them all, Father Sergij would now like to start up an apiary with 50 beehives.
In Zrenjanin, in northern Serbia, the School Sisters run a hostel for 60 young schoolgirls from the villages in the surrounding area who – given the long journeys involved – could not otherwise travel to attend school each day in the local town.