WAY OF THE CROSS (Africa: Faith and Hope – Lent 2017)

South Sudan, 2014 Via Cruzis (Way of the Cross) through the camp during the Palm Sunday procession in Juba.

Photo: Palm Sunday procession in a refugee camp in Juba, South Sudan
This way of the cross wishes to help us contemplate the suffering of our Lord Jesus in union with the African Continent. Keeping in mind that where the cross is present, the resurrection will follow, our persecuted brothers and sisters are shining examples of faith and hope for all of us. On a global scale the African continent experiences the biggest growth of Catholics and the joy they spread for redemption and salvation is example for us all.



“Holy Mary, Mother of God, Protectress of Africa, you have given the world its true light, Jesus Christ. By your obedience to the Father and by the grace of the Holy Spirit, you have given us the source of our reconciliation and our joy.

Mother of tenderness and wisdom, show us Jesus, your Son and the Son of God, sustain our journey of conversion, so that Jesus may enlighten us with his Glory in all the settings of our personal, family and social life.

Mother full of Mercy and Justice, by your docility to the Spirit, the Comforter, obtain for us the grace to be witnesses of the Risen Lord, so that we may become ever more fully the salt of the earth and the light of the world.

Mother of Perpetual Succour, to your maternal intercession we entrust our brothers and sisters in Africa. Queen of Peace, pray for us! Our Lady of Africa, pray for us!”
Way of the Cross for Africa – Edited and compiled by Maria Lozano / ACN International

The Catholic Bishops of South Sudan send a message of hope and courage to the suffering population

After their meeting in Juba from 21st to 23rd February 2017, along with the Apostolic Nuncio to South Sudan and Kenya, Archbishop Charles Daniel Balvo, the South Sudanese bishops respond to the disturbing reports from all seven of their dioceses spanning the whole country. Continue reading “The Catholic Bishops of South Sudan send a message of hope and courage to the suffering population”

Aid to the Church in Need focuses on Africa for the Lent campaign “Their Faith Is Our Hope”.

Strengthening Catholics to put an end to religiously motivated fundamentalism and to support pastoral care on the continent with the largest growing number of believers.

Königstein, 1 Feb. 2017. The international Catholic pastoral charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) is concentrating on Africa with this year’s Lent and Easter campaign. Under the motto “Their Faith Is Our Hope”, the pontifical foundation would like to focus on a continent with about 1.112 billion inhabitants, 215 million of which are Catholics. The average age of the population is 19. Continue reading “Aid to the Church in Need focuses on Africa for the Lent campaign “Their Faith Is Our Hope”.”

Pontifical charity ACN opens PH office

Archbishop Socrates Villegas blesses the new office of the Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) Philippines at the CBCP headquarters in Manila, Nov. 15, 2016.

MANILA, Nov. 16, 2016 — A leading international Catholic charity and pontifical foundation Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) opens a new chapter, having inaugurated its national section in the Philippines.

Church leaders and guests gathered yesterday, Nov. 15, for a Mass presided over by Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas at the Manila Cathedral, officially launching ACN Philippines.  Continue reading “Pontifical charity ACN opens PH office”