“Whatever may happen, the Church in Cuba will not give up in the face of the difficulties”

14 Nov , 2018  

Both the Cuban people and the Catholic Church in the country are living through a time of change, and yet the lack of true reforms and the lack of resources together constitute one of the greatest challenges facing society. Such is the situation, as explained to the international Catholic pastoral charity and pontifical foundation ACN […]


“The daily search for food has become a Via Dolorosa”

6 Oct , 2018  

According to the UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) and other international organisations, more than two million people have left Venezuela in the last few years. This forced displacement reflects the severe economic, political and social crisis that has befallen the country. The church in Venezuela is dealing with this situation together with the […]


Prospect of hope and a future for the South Sudanese refugees dispersed throughout many camps in Uganda

18 Sep , 2018  

Christine du Coudray, the person responsible for the Africa Department at the Pontifical Foundation Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), returned from a journey to Uganda a few weeks ago. While there she visited the Bidibidi and Imvepi camps located in the north-west of the country. There are 1.2 million refugees, coming for the […]


A Bishop speaks about the crisis in the Central African Republic: “The perils of life can never prevent the Church from prospering and growing.”

12 Sep , 2018  

How is the situation generally in the country at the present time? The Central African Republic is continuing to strive as best it can to emerge from the crisis that has affected it like a gangrene for the past five years and more. The new democratically elected authorities are struggling to assert their authority throughout […]


The Venezuelan bishops ask for prayers on the eve of their ad limina to visit Rome

6 Sep , 2018  

Venezuela is going through what is perhaps the most grave crisis in its history. The Venezuelan bishops are preparing for their meeting with the Holy Father, according to the tradition of the ad limina visits to Rome. It will be their first meeting with Pope Francis, since the last two visits were in the year […]


SYRIA: “We have to rebuild the country. Simply wanting to return is not enough.”

29 Aug , 2018  

Under the leadership of Maronite Archbishop Samir Nassar of Damascus and with the support of the international Catholic pastoral charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), a delegation from the Family Commission of the Syrian Bishops’ Conference (1) was able to participate in the World Meeting of Families in Dublin from August 21 to […]

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Fiji: “God has heard the cry of my people”

10 Aug , 2018  

  An interview with Archbishop Peter Loy Chong of Suva The Fiji Archipelago in the southern Pacific is a renowned destination for divers and tourists, above all from Australia, New Zealand and the United States. Its capital city, Suva, is also the commercial and political centre of Fiji. However, what few people realise is that […]


INDONESIA – after the most recent attacks: “Terrorism will strengthen moderate Islam”

31 May , 2018  

On 13 May this year radical Islam struck once again in Indonesia. There was great anguish and distress following the attacks perpetrated on three Christian churches of different denominations in Surabaya, the second largest city in the country. Maria Lozano, of the international Catholic pastoral charity and pontifical foundation Aid to the Church in Need […]


ZAMBIA: “I was impressed again and again by the exemplary way in which many priests perform their service”

29 Aug , 2017  

Tony Zender, the head of the Zambia section of the pontifical foundation Aid to the Church in Need, travelled to this African country on a visit. His goal: to take stock of the aid the charity has granted over the last few years and to determine the future needs of the local church. The interview […]



BURKINA FASO: “No creed can justify violence, and still less can invoke its faith in order to perpetrate violence”

22 Aug , 2017  

Rafael D’Aquí, the project section head with responsibility for Burkina Faso in the international Catholic pastoral charity ACN International, recently visited this African country to study the needs of the local Catholic Church. In the interview below with Maria Lozano he explains the situation of the country following the terrorist attack on 13 August in […]