MONTREAL—Aid to the Church in Need set new fundraising records in Canada and internationally in 2016.
The Montreal office of the international pontifical charity brought in $2.9 million last year. That’s 1.5 per cent of the record $189.5 million Aid to the Church in Need raised world-wide, a jump of $13.5 million over last year.
Out of 148 countries where Aid to the Church in Need funds are spent, the biggest recipient was Iraq, where $14.3 million went to support Church institutions struggling through the country’s war with the so-called Islamic State.
In Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Eastern Europe, Aid to the Church in Need helped fund 1,222 construction projects to build or repair churches and chapels.