(Association for the Propagation of the Faith)
The Holy Father's and the Bishops' Society for the support of all the missions in their work of evangelisation.
Founded in 1 822 by a teenage girl, Pauline Jaricot, to help the missions with Prayer and money The Pope made it a Society of the Universal Church, helping all the missions, in 1922.
Now established in 90 countries, the majority of which are mission lands themselves.
A central fund, to which all countries concerned contribute, distributes the money twice a year, ensuring that all 850 mission dioceses of the world are helped impartially.
The A.P.F. is the whole Church, helping all the local Churches. Last year, thirty-one million pounds was distributed amongst all the missions of the world.