Minuto de Dios
Minuto de Dios (in English Minute of God) is a
In 1950, Father
Within weeks of beginning the program, Father García Herreros was approached by the Beneficencia de Cundinamarca and offered a monthly sponsorship of 1,500 pesos, which the priest promptly distributed in three installments to the poor. When he ran out of money, a prostitute approached him and gave him another 500 pesos. Soon, the ministry began to construct houses for the poor, in an illegal shantytown near the Bogotá Military Hospital. However, when the owner of the land took action against the illegal construction, Antonio Restrepo Barco stepped up and donated the first parcel of land in what would become the Barrio Minuto de Dios. The first home was built on the site in 1957, and the next year, the Corporación Minuto de Dios was founded, marking the beginnings of wider social activity. The neighborhood later grew to have a museum, children's crafts center and park.
In 1961, García Herreros had another idea: to create a charity event in which "the rich ate like the poor". The result was the Banquete del Millón (Banquet of the Million), which was first held on November 25, 1961 and has been organized every year since.
Minuto de Dios's religious activities continued to grow, and so too did its profile. When President
García Herreros remained the host of the program until his death in 1992; he died the night of that year's Banquete del Millón. He was succeeded by Father Diego Jaramillo, who continues to host the program and heads the ministry. Aside from substitute hosts, who come from the same
In 2015, the Corporación Minuto de Dios celebrated the 60th anniversary of the TV program by unveiling a mosaic depicting the face of Father García Herreros, measuring 9.24 metres (30.3 ft) in height and 7.5 metres (25 ft) in width.