A Minibus for a Catholic Parish in Egypt
The Catholic Parish of Minya in Egypt is still young.
It was only in 2012 that the local authorities finally granted a building
permit for a church in a new suburb of the city. It is the only Catholic Church
for the town itself and for the surrounding area. The parish covers a wide area
of over 460 square miles, with many of the Catholic faithful living a long way
from the church. This has been a major problem in the past, since public
transportation in Egypt is not well developed and very expensive, and the cost
of an entire family regularly attending Mass can be time-consuming and a heavy
drain on the household budget.
In situations such as these, it is not unusual for
parishes to have their own minibus so that they can ferry the faithful to
church and back. The young parish of Minya could not afford to buy a vehicle,
and so the parish priest turned to ACN to help. Otherwise it is often not
possible for many of the parishioners – especially the elderly, children, women
and those with physical handicaps or health problems – to get to church,
whether to attend Mass or to receive catechetical sessions or for other
Thanks to the generosity of our benefactors, we were
able to help the parish with a contribution of $31,800, so that they could
purchase a minibus. The parishioners each contribute a small amount in return
for this service – whatever they can afford – as a contribution towards the
running and maintenance costs. At the same time, the bus serves as a school bus
for the children from the remoter villages.
The Catholic faithful are delighted and ask us to
convey their heartfelt thanks to all our benefactors!
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