Sunday, May 21, 2006

Mission Spotlight

The Diocese of Fall River operates a wonderful mission in Guaimaca, Honduras. I hope to hear about more dioceses sponsoring foreign missions.

The Archdiocese of Tegucigalpa (capital of Honduras), one of the seven dioceses in Honduras, recently released some very sobering statistics about the Honduran people:

~ In a population of nearly seven million, 66 percent live in poverty, many in extreme misery, especially the indigenous people, women, children and the elderly.

~ Approximately 25,000 children suffer from chronic malnutrition and 36 of every 1000 children die from diarrhea each year.

~ One-fifth of the population cannot read or write.

~ And, only 21 percent of Honduran children finish primary school and a mere four percent have access to a high school education.

Please check out the website.

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