Since then, the countries of Latin America have drawn up a succession of new plans and ideas for evangelisation, at the heart of which there is always the encounter with Christ. In the apostolic vicariate of Nuflo de Chavez in Bolivia they have drawn up an ambitious five-year programme for cate-chists to “proclaim the mercy of the Church according to the Heart of Jesus” and so strengthen the spirit of Christian commu-nity. At the same time the vicariate’s pas-toral commission has devised a Bible course. It has attractively illustrated materi-als in order to appeal to people without basic education, especially in rural areas. The programme includes regular meetings and days of reflection. But prayer is also central, as without prayer, nothing will suc-ceed. We are helping with AUD$16,600.
In Peru the prelature of Chuquibambilla has produced a simple handbook for families as part of their programme of ongoing formation for catechists. It explains how to read the Bible (i.e. in silence with hearts open to what God is saying to us through the text), and how not to read it (like a newspaper, or a horoscope, or indeed an intellectual puzzle to be solved). It contains practical tips for Christians, and an informative and useful introduction to the Bible to help deepen their faith – the new evangelisation! We are supporting the entire programme of this cash-strapped prelature, high up in the Andes, with AUD$27,300.