Support Seminarians in Brazil
On May 12, 2007, during his trip to Brazil, Pope Benedict XVI spoke in the Basilica of the Shrine of Aparecida and made it clear to the priests who serve God and their fellow men in such difficult conditions that he understands them and knows their difficult situation. He told them, “What great challenges, what difficult situations you have to face, with such generosity, self-denial, sacrifices and renunciations!
According to the Annuario Pontificio, the Pontifical Yearbook, the Diocese of Balsas, which lies in the south of the state of Maranhão and serves a territory of almost 26,000 square miles, has just 19 diocesan and 7 religious priests to serve a population of close to 180,000 Catholics. In an area twice the size of Maryland there are just 17 parishes, leaving an average area of around 1,500 square miles per parish. The priests have to travel vast distances, and many regions are almost inaccessible.
Despite all the challenges of being a priest in this area, there are still young men who are willing to follow the call of God. But they desperately need our help.