In this podcast we hear from the Secretary of the Churchs umbrella organization for aid to Eastern Churches, ROACO, which is holding its biannual meeting in the Vatican this week…


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Pope Benedict XVI celebrating mass in Manger Square on May 13, 2009 in the West Bank city of Bethlehem.

R.O.A.C.O. (Reunion of Aid Agencies for the Oriental Churches)

The assistance of the Vatican Congregation for the Oriental Churches is made possible thanks to the financial contributions from the Holy See, from international aid agencies and from private sponsors.

The R.O.A.C.O. (“Riunione Opere Aiuto Chiese Orientali” that is the “Reunion of Aid Agencies for the Oriental Churches”) is a committee which unites funding agencies from various countries around the world for the sake of providing assistance in different areas of life from worship buildings to scholarships, from houses of study and formation to social and health care facilities. The President of the committee is the Prefect of the Congregation and the Secretary of the Dicastery functions as its vice-president.

Apart from the “Catholic Near East Welfare Association” (C.N.E.W.A.) located in the United States of America and approved by Pope Pius XI in 1928, and apart from the “Pontifical Mission for Palestine” created in 1949 and also located in the United States, many other aid agencies from Germany, France, Switzerland, Holland and Austria are part of this committee.