The Papal Foundation will distribute $9.2 million in grants to Catholic dioceses across 64 countries in 2022, the Vatican announced.
For this year, the foundation’s grants will finance the construction and repair of churches and school buildings, the promotion of environmental initiatives, and the education of children in need, among others.
The organization said the support they are providing is in line with Pope Francis’s calls to rebuild church buildings in the Middle East and promote a more unified Christian community. (Read: A Look Into the Pope’s Relationship With World Leaders)
The Papal Foundation
The Papal Foundation in Philadelphia was founded with the intention of serving the Pope and the Roman Catholic Church through “faith, energy, and financial resources.”
“The Holy Father has identified urgencies throughout the world, and The Papal Foundation is committed to working diligently to address his priorities to house, educate, heal, and feed individuals in need,” Cardinal Sean O’Malley, chairman of The Papal Foundation Board of Trustees, told Catholic News Agency.
“In addition to providing for these basic human needs, The Papal Foundation is helping create the physical infrastructure to allow the faithful to receive the sacraments and practice their Catholic Faith,” he added.
Inspired by the Pope
Most of the initiatives done by The Papal Foundation are guided and inspired by Pope Francis’s ongoing projects.
Eustace Mita, president of The Papal Foundation’s Board of Trustees, said that Pope Francis’ visit to the Middle East and his call to rebuild Catholic buildings in the region influenced their recent work.
“At The Papal Foundation, we are doing just that, funding projects and initiatives that support the Catholic Church’s presence in the Middle East and mission to educate children, offer vocational support for adults, and provide for medical needs in these countries,” Mita told Catholic News Agency.
“By responding to the Holy See’s requests, we are doing our small part to build the bonds of community Pope Francis referenced,” he said. (Read: Catholics Place Statue of Mary on War-Damaged Church in Iraq)
Eligible for Grants
Some of the projects that will be funded by The Papal Foundation are the following:
- construction and repair of churches, chapels, libraries, laboratories, and schools;
- creation of a dialysis center in Catholic hospitals;
- renovation of children’s centers;
- purchase of surgical equipment for a Catholic teaching university;
- education of intellectually disabled children and orphans;
- housing of retired religious;
- environmental initiatives; and
- fights against human trafficking and sexual explotation.
For more information about the grants, visit The Papal Foundation website.