Support Catholic Radio to Build Faith in Argentina
In northern Argentina’s Diocese of San Roque de Presidencia Roque Sáenz Peña, radio is a vital mode of communication. This is one of the poorest dioceses in the country, and one with a host of social problems and conflicts. Many children suffer from grave malnutrition; Father Adolfo Kocka, a local parish priest, says, “The poverty here is no less than in Africa.”
Most of the region is a jungle, known for good reason as “El Impenetrable.” Many of the settlements are nearly impossible to access. There is no telephone network, and the mobile phone signal does not register in the dense rainforest. For Church outreach, radio is the only option.
The Catholic radio station Radio Maria Auxiliadora has helped the region’s priests in their daily ministry for twenty years. It is not only an instrument of the Church’s pastoral outreach but also an indispensable means of more general communication.
Recently, the radio mast was badly damaged by lightning, reducing its range to 13 miles. This was a bitter blow, but thanks to the generosity of our benefactors, ACN was able to give the station $6,100, enabling the repair and improvement of the equipment. Now, the station is fully operational.
Heartfelt thanks to all who helped!
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