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Canada Jul 12, 2017

Record year for Aid to the Church in Need

By Catholic Register Staff

A displaced Iraqi family walks near destroyed buildings March 4 in the Mosul. Iraq was the largest recipient of Aid to the Church in Need's funds in 2016. (Thaier Al-Sudani / Reuters / CNS)

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.