The Apostolic Prelature of Cristalandia in central western Brazil covers a vast area of over 24,000 square miles – larger than many U.S. states. It has 17 parishes and its close-to 177,000 Catholic faithful live widely scattered. There are just 16 priests to minister to them pastorally, and the distances are vast, making pastoral care a massive challenge.
In Algeria, the birthplace of Saint Augustine, there are approximately 5,000 Catholics living today. Algeria, in Northwest Africa, is the largest country in Africa, with an area of almost 930,000 square miles – around one quarter the size of the United States. Close to 97% of its 36.5 million inhabitants are Muslims.
For twenty years, the Redemptorists have been ministering to the Catholic Parish of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in the western Siberian city of Kemerovo. The three priests are assisted by four religious Sisters of the Missionary Sisters Servants of the Holy Spirit. The parish is very active: Holy Mass is celebrated every day, Eucharistic …