Carrying on the work of Faith – New senior appointment at Aid to the Church in Need (ACN)

21 Apr , 2018  

The new Executive President of the pontifical foundation Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), Thomas Heine-Geldern, said he intends to continue his predecessor’s approach –including trusting in God for the success of the charity’s work. The appointment of Mr Heine-Geldern, who previously served as president of the board of ACN’s Austrian office, was publicly […]


“We want and we need peace. Please pray for us!”, an appeal from Syria by Archbishop Jean-Abdo Arbach.

18 Apr , 2018  

The Melkite Catholic Archbishop of Homs, Mons. Jean-Arbach, has issued a message tinged with weariness and sadness at the current situation in Syria, after seven years of war and the most recent events. “People cannot take any more”, he says. “They simply want to live an ordinary life, to sleep peacefully in their beds and […]


Homs needs new hope

28 Mar , 2018  

MORE help is urgently needed to encourage Christians to stay in Syria, according to a leading archbishop who has said that security problems, job instability and poor living conditions have left people “feeling like strangers in their own country”. In a Holy Week interview with Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need, Syriac Orthodox […]


UNDP and ACN: High level meeting to channel more help to suffering Christians in the Nineveh Plains

28 Feb , 2018  

Representatives of Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) and the Knights of Columbus (KoC) were received today by Mr. Mourad Wahba the Assistant Secretary General at the United Nations Development Programme to brief the UN on the situation of Christians and minority populations in the Nineveh Plains. ACN and KoC drew attention to the […]

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8 Feb , 2018  

  “Our aim is to break through the indifference, above all among the international community, and to strive to ensure that after 24 February no one can continue to ignore the persecution of Christians.” The words are those of Alessandro Monteduro, the director of the Italian branch of the international Catholic pastoral charity Aid to […]



DRC security forces accused of killings in more than 130 Church attacks

22 Jan , 2018  

Army and police in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) stand accused of killing at least four people and injuring several others in attacks on more than 130 churches around the country. In the latest incident on Friday (12th January), two people were injured when security forces reportedly fired tear gas at Kinshasa Cathedral after […]


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STAND UP FOR OUR FAITH: Which dioceses are joining ACN’s Red Wednesday campaign?

21 Nov , 2017  

Earlier this year, pontifical charity Aid to the Church in Need, with the endorsement of the CBCP, invited all dioceses, minor basilicas and shrines to participate in the first Red Wednesday campaign in the Philippines. Bishops were requested to light their church facades in red in remembrance and honor of all modern-day Christians who were […]



Iraqi Christians’ future threatened by referendum crisis

4 Oct , 2017  

Church leaders in northern Iraq have issued a stark warning that the crisis triggered by last week’s Kurdistan independence referendum could endanger the region’s Christian presence. Following the referendum, which could see the KRG (Kurdistan Regional Government) area seceding from northern Iraq, five senior Catholic and Orthodox bishops issued a statement appealing to the international […]


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Conference in Rome about Iraqi Christians’ right to return

27 Sep , 2017  

The Pontifical Foundation ACN brings together leading representatives of the Vatican and the Iraqi Christian community to claim their universal right to return to the Nineveh Plains.   On Thursday, September 28 at 9 a.m., the Pontifical Foundation Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) will host a conference “Return to the Roots – the […]


Fr. Soganub: “I continue to believe in inter-religious dialogue”

17 Sep , 2017  

Updated: 18 September, 9 p.m. A smiling Fr. Teresito “Chito” Soganub was presented this afternoon during a press briefing by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). The priest was immediately excused by defense officials. However, before his exit, Fr. Soganub was allowed to give a short statement where he asked for prayers for a […]

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