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Worth a bookmark, and a spot on your donation list: Aid to the Church in Need:

"Aid to the Church in Need" is an international pastoral aid organization of the Catholic Church, which yearly offers financial support to more than 8000 projects worldwide. We try to help Catholics in need wherever they are repressed or persecuted and therefore prevented from living according to their faith.
Following a 1984 decree of the Vatican Congregation for the Clergy, "Aid to the Church in Need" was recognized by the Catholic Church as a "universal public association of faithful".

Browse through the projects page. Check out the Children’s Bible that they print in many different languages and distribute throughout the world. There’s swo much wonderful energy and activity out there.

The Catholic Church is about evangelization, negative reports notwithstanding.  How can we doubt it? Because we US Catholics have become so self-absorbed? Is that the case?

My children have attended Catholic schools for the last…17 years. Not once, with the exception of the time my oldest was in the Catholic high school, were they invited to engage, in a personal way, with the activities of the Church around the world. Oh, yes, they did collect canned and non-perishable food items for the local poor a few times a year, and even slightly more imaginative things like personal items for a women’s shelter and so on. But absolutely no attempt to broaden their horizons, to join them to the universal Church’s efforts, to help them befriend, even through prayer, Catholic children around the world, something that could be done so easily now, what with this Internet thing and all.

"Pagan babies" is an insulting and patronizing way to go about it, I’ve no doubt. There’s got to be a better way. However, total self-absorption isn’t it.

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