By ACN International
Adapted by AB Griffin, ACN Canada
Bolivia is regarded as the poorest country of Latin America, and two thirds of its almost 11 million inhabitants, the majority of indigenous descent, currently live in poverty – many, 40%, live in extreme poverty. Poverty is not the only problem that plagues these people for in the last few years, in a similar to Venezuela, the situation in Bolivia has grown increasingly alarming in regard to freedom of religion and freedom of opinion.
Consequently it is all the more important to strengthen Catholics in their faith. The parish of Cuerpo de Cristo in the city of El Alto (population 900,000-plus in the high altitude of the Andes some 13,000 feet (4000 m) above sea level, is working intensively with the Sacred Scriptures.
On Sunday parishioners bring a Bible with them to Holy Mass and afterwards read the texts from the day’s liturgy together, followed with a time of reflection and then they endeavour to answer the questions that the parish priest has prepared for each session. This is a very fruitful form of catechesis.
Similarly, the 41 religious education teachers are showing their pupils how to better get to know the Word of God. Bishop Jesús Juárez Párraga fully supports this initiative initiated by his parish priest and would like as many of the faithful as possible to benefit from it. But the people in El Alto are extremely poor and few of them can afford to purchase a copy of the Bible.
And so, Father Sebastian, the parish priest has turned to ACN for help in purchasing 700 copies of the Scriptures. Thanks to the generosity of our benefactors, we were able to provide the 6,785 dollars requested and help insure the parish continues with this valuable Bible study initiative.