News, Press Conference

Fatima: ” The risk of “new powers and serious wars”

15 Sep , 2017  

The risk of “new powers and serious wars” was underlined yesterday afternoon, 12 September, by Cardinal Mauro Piacenza, the Major Penitentiary of the Holy See, during a press conference at the Cova da Iria, held to mark the beginning of the international pilgrimage to Fátima of the international Catholic pastoral charity and pontifical foundation Aid […]

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Feature Stories

When God touched the heart of a persecutor of Christians

13 Sep , 2017  

It is not unusual for the various national offices of the international Catholic pastoral charity and Pontifical Foundation Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) to invite individual speakers to give talks and personal testimonies on the topic of religious freedom. So it was that on 6 August – the Day of Prayer for Persecuted […]

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CUBA: “Archbishop, the chapel may have collapsed, but not the Church.”

12 Sep , 2017  

In a message to ACN, Archbishop Wilfredo Pino Estevez of Camagüey tells of his visit to the most badly damaged areas of his diocese. According to the local municipal emergency services, Hurricane Irma lashed the town of Esmeralda in the eastern province of Camaguey for a full nine hours, with winds in excess of 250 […]

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Christian refugee children must recite Islamic prayers before receiving food

7 Sep , 2017  

Christian children in Sudan’s refugee camps are not receiving food unless they say Islamic prayers, according to reports received by sources close to Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need. A contact, who asked to remain anonymous for security reasons, described how Christian refugees from South Sudan are “in a terrible situation” in refugee […]

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ACN TO MAKE INTERNATIONAL PILGRIMAGE TO THE SHRINE OF FATIMA

6 Sep , 2017  

The international Catholic pastoral charity and pontifical foundation ACN will at the same time renew its consecration to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Over the past 25 years it has funded more than 400 projects related to this Marian devotion. During the current year, in which the Church is celebrating the centenary of the apparitions of […]

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MARAWI: BOTH CHRISTIANS AND MUSLIMS ARE VICTIMS OF ISIS

31 Aug , 2017  

After more than three months, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has finally cleared and retaken the St. Mary’s Cathedral in Marawi City. The Cathedral was desecrated and destroyed by ISIS-inspired terrorists last 23 May 2017. The Philippine Armed Forces had to empty the church of improvised explosive devices. The AFP has also released […]

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Interviews

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 […]

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Interviews

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 […]

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Aleppo is coming back to life

22 Aug , 2017  

People still dependent on emergency help PARTS of Aleppo are coming back to life with people returning in large numbers to the bomb-blasted city and streets once again humming with traffic and people. Aid to the Church in Need’s Middle East projects coordinator Father Andrzej Halemba revealed how thousands of people were returning to the […]

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ACN will send emergency help for widows and orphans affected by Boko Haram violence in the Nigerian Catholic diocese of Maiduguri.

17 Aug , 2017  

During the recent ACN visit in March 2017 to the diocese of Maiduguri, Bishop Oliver Doeme highlighted the main challenges for his diocese, which include a humanitarian crisis, a lack of food, a lack of education (schools were destroyed), but also, what he calls, a spiritual crisis. The majority of people in his diocese have […]

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