Gifts of the Holy Father

Cor Unum, an instrument for the Pope's Charity

Among its institutional competencies, the Dicastery is to endeavor, "whenever the Supreme Pontiff considers that some special activities or initiatives should be undertaken in the charitable sphere, to assist him diligently and be, as it were, his instrument for putting such activities of initiatives speedily into effect." (Pope Paul VI, Apostolic Letter Amoris officio, July 15, 1971). Pope John Paul II, in the Apostolic Constitution Pastor bonus of June 28, 1988, affirmed Cor Unum's mission "to follow attentively and to promote projects and works of integral care and fraternal assistance with the goal of human progress". The following tables summarize the facts and figures of the Dicastery's various initiatives, representing the aid made available by the Pope in different situations. These include assistance to populations of disaster-stricken countries and support of projects for integral human promotion. The last two tables contain information regarding the two Foundations entrusted by Pope John Paul II to Cor Unum.

Emergencies

YEAR

US$ 

NUMBER OF BENEFICIARY COUNTRIES

1999 

1.211.600

28   

2000 

1.027.000

29  

2001 

1.274.000 

30  

2002 

1.917.700

49   

2003 

   822.465 

23  

2004

1.425.030 

40  

2005 1.439.000

15  

2006 3.805.630

28  

2007 1.486.273 16  
2008 1.763.320 31  
2009 1.869.000 25  
2010 1.450.271 25  
2011 1.819.557 26  
2012 2.025.596 19  
2013 1.121.767 14  
2014    611.080 20  
2015 816.345 31

Integral Human Promotion

 YEAR

US$ 

NUMBER OF BENEFICIARY COUNTRIES

1999 

   555.100

23  

2000 

   888.805

38  

2001 

   841.200 

38  

2002 

1.936.000

48  

2003 

   858.223 

33  

2004

2.531.365 

50  

2005 1.663.813

44  

2006

4.187.147

43  

2007 2.009.250 46  
2008 2.372.938 40  
2009 2.304.000 45  
2010 2.040.174 40  
2011 2.304.925 32  
2012 1.253.892 30  
2013 824.577 24  
2014 1.610.435 16  
2015 568.793 27

The John Paul II Foudation for the Sahel

YEAR

US$ 

NUMBER OF FUNDED PROJECTS

NUMBER OF BENEFICIARY COUNTRIES

1999 

3.600.000

209


2000 

2.992.097

312

9  

2001 

1.974.305 

230

9  

2002 

2.824.673

233

9  

2003 

2.969.168 

235

9  

2004

2.125.388 

169

9  

2005 2.067.339 180 9  
2006 2.421.410 190 9  
2007 2.506.820 192 9  
2008 2.311.441 208 9  
2009 2.300.000 213 9  
2010 1.860.000 176 9  
2011 1.860.000 167 9  
2012 1.560.000 131 9  
2013 1.618.243 131 9  

2014

1.560.000

122

9  

2015

919.494

to be funded

91 9

Populorum Progressio Foundation

  YEAR

US$ 

NUMBER OF FUNDED PROJECTS

NUMBER OF BENEFICIARY COUNTRIES

1999 

1.705.890

215

20 Paesi 

2000 

1.923.500

209

17 Paesi 

2001 

1.773.700 

216

19 Paesi

2002 

1.895.300

223

19 Paesi 

2003 

1.843.200 

221

21 Paesi 

2004

1.881.000 

231

19 Paesi 

2005 1.876.200 212 20 Paesi
2006 1.820.500 215 20 Paesi
2007 1.885.700 204 19 Paesi
2008 2.108.300 200 18 Paesi
2009 2.128.500 193 20 Paesi
2010 2.091.500 186 20 Paesi
2011 2.102.500 189 19 Paesi
2012 1.736.500 164 19 Paesi
2013 1.995.000 171 19 Paesi
2014 1.802.000

123 17 Paesi 
2015

1.121.600

to be funded

83 16

special initiatives

In preparation for the Great Jubilee of the Year 2000, the Pontifical Council completed two special appeals with the Holy Father's permission: "100 Projects of the Holy Father" and "Panis Caritatis".

100 Projects of the Holy Father: On the journey toward conversion and sharing in preparation for the Great Jubilee of 2000, the Pope proclaimed 1999 to be a "Year of Charity".  In response to this, Cor Unum turned to the Particular Churches (Dioceses) in the richer countries and asked them to support 100 projects in the Particular Churches of poorer countries according to the corporal and spiritual works of mercy.  In reality, the number of projects presented and supported exceeded 200, for a total value of around (US) $20,000,000, and included a number of Catholic aid agencies sent to developing countries.  One of the most important and enduring effects of the initiative was the pairing of Dioceses, many of which continue to collaborate together.

Panis Caritatis: This initiative was aimed at encouraging the Christian community to share their "daily bread" with those in greatest need, making the simple act of eating bread together as a family a moment to think concretely about so many in the world who suffer from hunger.  The sum collected reached nearly one billion Italian lire, and went to finance projects in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (construction of community ovens), Rwanda (reconstruction of homes, replacement of livestock, education of the poorest orphaned children), the Sudan (aid to the population afflicted by hunger), Guinea Bissau (safeguarding health of mothers and children), Uganda (help for Sudanese refugees), and Republic of the Congo (woodworking shops).