VATICAN CITY, JULY 28, 2006 ( A Vatican foundation allocated more than $1.82 million to the integral development of minority communities in Latin America.

The 215 projects to be funded were selected during a meeting of the administrative council of the "Populorum Progressio" Foundation, held in Guayaquil, Ecuador, from July 11-14.

Of the aid given, 36.9% was allocated to agriculture and small business; 26.1% went to the establishment of public service infrastructures; 17.4% to the building of schools, dwellings and health centers; 12.3% to education; and 7.1% to health care.

A communiqué issued by the Pontifical Council "Cor Unum" reported that 255 projects were studied during the meeting, amounting to $2.5 million.

"Populorum Progressio," founded in 1992 by Pope John Paul II, assists the indigenous, mestizo, and black populations in Latin America. The foundation, entrusted to the "Cor Unum" council, has contributed almost $20 million to finance about 2,000 projects.


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