About ACN

Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) firmly believes that one of its chief purposes is to be a channel of grace for the sanctification of its donors.  We take our lead here from Pope Benedict XVI who says in his encyclical Deus Caritas Est that the ministry of charity is of the essence of the Church and inseparable from her duty to proclaim the word of God and to celebrate the sacraments.  In calling our fellow Catholics to acts of charity we call them to grow in love which is an essential part of their spiritual development.  

Moreover, by being true to our mission to help the suffering Church we call our fellow Catholics to the very highest form of charity for, as Deus Caritas Est again points out quoting St Paul’s Epistle to the Galatians, the Christian is called to “do good to all, and especially to those who are the household of faith”.  At every stage, therefore, in the carrying out of our strategic plan we will be mindful of this mission not only to help our beneficiaries who, in the words of our founder, are being tested in faith, but also to help our benefactors who are being tested in love.”

Our Mission

Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) supports the faithful wherever they are persecuted, oppressed or in pastoral need. Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) is a Catholic charity helping to bring Christ to the world through Prayer, Information and Action

Our Vision

A world in which Christianity can thrive everywhere.

Our Values

ACN, as an organisation developed from the founder, Fr. Werenfried Van Straaten o.praem., whose Spiritual Guidelines are the basis for the following values.

The foundation of all our activities is Christian faith and love. This includes our fidelity to the Holy Father and adherence to the Magisterium of the Roman Catholic Church. In fulfilment of this task our Lady of Fatima is our Model, Mother, Advocate and Sign of Hope.

Our aim is a pastoral service in faithfulness to ACN’s historical charism. Our way of evangelisation reaches out to the whole human person: body and soul. We strive to proclaim the Gospel ‘welcome or unwelcome’ (2 Timothy 4:2). We are committed to helping our beneficiaries through the financing of pastoral projects and, with our benefactors through publications, talks and media work.

Regular prayer, personal and common, animates our daily work and strengthens our missionary spirit. It moves us to offer spiritual assistance to those who are suffering because of their loyalty to Christ and His Church.

Faithful to our historical roots, we serve in unity and reconciliation. In line with the vision of the Holy Father, we support initiatives in building unity with the Orthodox Church. We strive for a deeper unity with our benefactors by praying for their intentions, providing information and expressing gratitude on behalf of those they help.

Human life is a sacred gift from God. We therefore sustain and defend the Culture of Life in all its dimensions. We promote the understanding of sexuality in the beauty of chaste human love and uphold married and family life as the basic cell of society. ACN believes in the sanctity of human life from the moment of conception to its natural end.

In Christian fellowship, we will animate and strengthen fruitful communication and dialogue among races, nations and communities. Within the organisation we will build up and sustain solidarity through transparency and creative responsibility.

Our unshakeable trust in Divine Providence guiding us into the future fills us with hope and confidence and enables us to place trust in others and, in turn, to be trusted by them.