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[German Version]

In 1961, at the request of the German Bishops' Conference, the first Christmas collection for the church in Latin America was taken up. In 1962, under the title Adveniat, it was continued for a second year and then established permanently. It was first put in place by Bishop Franz Hengsbach, with the support of the Joseph Teusch, the vicar-general of Cologne (among others). The Diocese of Essen has since been responsible for administering the program. The purpose and mandate of th…

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Spelthahn, Dieter, “Adveniat”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 17 January 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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