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Panama: The Church wants to show the true face of the country

18 Jan , 2019  

On the XXXIV World Youth Day (WYD), the Catholic Church in Panama has decided to reveal the hidden face of the country. “When a foreigner arrives in Panama, he might think he’s in Dubai, but that’s just the façade,” says Archbishop José Domingo Ulloa of Panama City, the capital. This Central American country, which has […]

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ACN support the rosaries included in the Pilgrim Kit for WYD Panama 2019

18 Jan , 2019  

On different occasions Pope Francis expressed the wish that young people should pray for peace in the world. In order to respond to this request, ACN has offered to send rosaries as a gift to the young people gathering at the World Youth Day in Panama in January 2019. Responsibility for supplying these rosaries has […]

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Syria: “Being able to continue with my studies was what kept my hopes alive during the war”

4 Jan , 2019  

Thanks to the help of the international Catholic pastoral charity and pontifical foundation ACN, the great majority of Christian university students in Syria have been able to continue their studies. Since the beginning of the conflict in Syria the foundation has given over 3.6 million Euros in support of these young people’s school and university […]


NIGERIA: More than 2,000 persons remain in Boko Haram captivity

29 Dec , 2018  

The mother of Leah Sharibu, the Nigerian girl held by Boko Haram for almost ten months now, asks the world community “do not get tired of praying for her, until she comes back.”   Leah, 15 years old, was kidnapped along with 110 other students when Boko Haram stormed on February 19, 2018 in a […]


DRC: “We do not know what tomorrow will bring”

22 Dec , 2018  

On 23rd December, 40 million Congolese citizens will go to the polls to elect a new president, 500 members of the national assembly and 715 members of provincial parliaments. The country’s people are anxiously awaiting the poll, which has already been postponed several times.   On 13th December, 8,000 electronic voting machines, intended for polling […]

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SYRIA: “We didn’t want to leave our home, but the roof fell in on us”

13 Dec , 2018  

How ACN is helping the local Church in Homs to distribute aid for fuel and heating Remond Ziade was 72 years old in that first year of the war in Homs, one of the cities most heavily involved in the fighting since the beginning of the conflict in Syria in 2011. Widespread street protests were […]


Cardinal Brenes: “The tears of the people are the tears of God”

7 Dec , 2018  

“Dialogue is the only solution”– Advent message of the Nicaraguan bishops A few days before the national feast day of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Cardinal Leopoldo José Brenes, the Archbishop of Managua, has called on people to “pray for Nicaragua, for peace and unity among the people and in the families”. […]



5 Dec , 2018   Video

“After almost 8 years of conflict in Syria, the consequences are indescribable, above all for the little children. Through our campaign we want to raise awareness of the critical conditions into which the country has been plunged and pray for peace and reconciliation.” The words are those of Philipp Ozores, the Secretary General of the […]

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4 Dec , 2018   Gallery

The international Catholic pastoral charity and pontifical foundation Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) is launching a Christmas campaign of prayer, aid and solidarity for the people of Syria, entitled Candles for Peace in Syria. The campaign formally begins on the first Sunday of Advent, 2nd December, with the symbolic lighting of a candle […]


Ethiopia: Islamists bribing Christians to convert

1 Dec , 2018  

Young Christians in Ethiopia are being lured to convert to Islam by promises of jobs, education, help to buy houses and other aid, according to a Christian leader. Christians, desperate to escape poverty, are being bribed to join the Muslim religion, Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need was told by a religious leader […]