Press Release

Strong religious women: Heroines and the “heart” of the church

8 Mar , 2019  

International Women’s Day on 8 March honours the indispensable efforts of women and campaigns for their rights. The focus of this day is less on the about 660,000 women worldwide who have dedicated their entire lives to serving their fellow humans: religious sisters. During the Lenten and Easter season, the pontifical foundation Aid to the […]

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ACN supports the video of Pope Francis’s to pray for people who are persecuted for their faith

6 Mar , 2019  

Rome/Königstein, 5 March 2019 – The March edition of the pope’s video is dedicated to the persecuted Christians who live in countries that do not guarantee religious freedom and human rights. The video is produced by the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network in collaboration with the international foundation ACN (Aid to the Church in Need). To make […]

Feature Stories

Bitter memories of time of terror for the priests in Zanzibar

5 Mar , 2019  

Father Damas Mfoi is a Catholic priest in the semi-autonomous archipelago of Zanzibar of the coast of Tanzania. Zanzibar is predominantly Muslim with a small Christian population. Since 2010, Father Mfoi has been a parish priest on the main island of Unguja. In 2012, the otherwise peaceful island community witnessed a series of violent attacks […]


ACN to “convert” the Lamborghini donated by the Pope into a nursery school and a centre for Christians in the Nineveh region

27 Feb , 2019  

Thanks to a donation of 200,000 Euros from the Holy Father, following the auctioning of the Lamborghini that was given to him last year, ACN will be able to fund two new projects on behalf of the Iraqi Christian families and other minorities who have returned to their homes on the Nineveh Plains. On 15 […]


House repair plan offers fresh hopes to Christians

21 Feb , 2019  

Homs reconstruction committee “critical” to regrowth of Christian community AN action plan to enable thousands of Christians to return to their homes in the Syrian city of Homs was agreed in a house-repair scheme involving Church leaders and a leading Catholic charity. At the meeting in Homs, the leaders of five Church communities signed the […]



20 Feb , 2019  

Today, 19th February 2019 marks exactly one year since the abduction of 15-year old Leah Sharibu, one of the school girls taken hostage by Boko Haram Terrorists from Dapchi in Maiduguri, North East Nigeria.   Speaking with Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), Reverend Gideon Para-Mallam who is the family guardian and spokesman of […]


Christians in Burkina Faso are becoming increasingly fearful for their lives

20 Feb , 2019  

The murder of a missionary in Burkina Faso reflects the alarming situation into which the country is sliding “Their vehicle was returning from a meeting in Togo when, just a few kilometres after the frontier, they were ambushed by terrorists who had just murdered four policemen and burned down a customs post. The armed men […]



Russia: Ecumenical conference held on the third anniversary of the historic meeting between Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill

19 Feb , 2019  

An international ecumenical conference with prominent attendees was held on 12 February in Moscow to celebrate the third anniversary of the historic meeting between Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill, which took place on 12 February 2016 in the Cuban capital of Havana. The event was hosted by the chairman of the Department of […]


Syria: A homecoming never to be forgotten

16 Feb , 2019  

Christian families in Syria forced from their town by extremists celebrated their return yesterday (Thursday, 14th February) with a ceremony marking the reconstruction of their homes. At the service, parishioners packed into St Mary’s Church, in Krak des Chevaliers (Al Husn) village, and received ‘Jesus is my Rock’ stone tablets and bottles of holy water […]

Feature Stories

“Thank you, Pope Francis”

8 Feb , 2019  

The Pope celebrated the largest Holy Mass ever to be held on the Arab Peninsula in Abu Dhabi. But what will be the result of the papal visit? Gregory Fonseka is grateful: “I already experienced Pope Francis in Sri Lanka, my homeland. But I would never have thought that he would be celebrating Holy Mass […]