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Collection to be taken up this weekend helps Church spread Good News here and abroad

MIAMI | Parishes throughout the Archdiocese of Miami will be taking up the Catholic Communication Campaign this weekend, May 18 and 19.

Archbishop Thomas Wenski is asking Catholics to be generous, as “50% of collected funds stay right here in the Archdiocese of Miami, while the other 50% of funds support communications projects around the world.”

“Your generosity provides the Archdiocese of Miami's Communications Office with resources for sharing and spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ through the technology available in today's world,” the archbishop wrote in a letter to all parishes.

The collection helps pay for the production of the Sunday TV Mass in Spanish that airs on Univision and the archdiocesan website; interview and media training for newly ordained priests; the archbishop’s Christmas and Easter video messages to the South Florida community; and on-going communication training for parish ministries and priests.

The collection also helps communications efforts in other dioceses around the world. For example, in the Philippines, the island of Samar is home to nearly two million people, about 90% of whom are Catholic. Many live in remote villages outside the reach of television and Internet. Instead, radio is a critical source of information. The Catholic Church has provided the people of Samar with spiritual programming through a dedicated radio station for 20 years.

But in 2013, Typhoon Haiyan hit the island, destroying the entire radio station. The community has been unable to fund a new station, leaving hundreds of thousands without access to spiritual messages.

Donations to the Catholic Communication Campaign are now helping the local diocese to rebuild the station.

“Because of you, people can once again hear radio programs that deepen their faith,” the archbishop wrote. “You have given our brothers and sisters access to spiritual resources that they have lived too long without. It is only through your generosity that this project, and others like it, can spread the Gospel around the world.

“Support the collection and connect with Christ.”

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