CAMEROON: “The truth we speak is not welcome in this fratricidal conflict.”

8 Feb , 2019  

At present the Anglophone areas of Cameroon are being constantly shaken by a conflict between Anglophone separatist groups and the Francophone central government. In this context of fratricidal conflict, the Church is attempting to rekindle dialogue between the two parties. Bishop Emmanuel Abbo of Ngaoundéré, in the Francophone area, who is 49, and Auxiliary Bishop […]


Pope’s visit to Emirates 2019: “The seed has been sown”

6 Feb , 2019  

Eastern Church leaders hope historic papal visit in Abu Dhabi will be a source of lasting momentum Catholic Church leaders from the Near East have emphasised the significance of Pope Francis’s visit to the United Arab Emirates. “I believe that this is a very positive sign for the relationship between Islam and Christianity in the […]


Fighting Against the Forces of Evil

6 Feb , 2019  

Jolo, Sulu – A small city in military lockdown, an all-out war in the adjacent municipality against violent extremists, families in mourning after burying their dead, injured patients recovering in various hospitals even as others have to be amputated, and a local Church trying its best to provide hope to the Christian minority while their […]


“A historic visit”

2 Feb , 2019  

Pope Francis is to visit Abu Dhabi. The country is more tolerant to Christians than other countries. However, full religious freedom does not exist in the United Arab Emirates Shortly before the visit of Pope Francis to Abu Dhabi, the local church is talking about the support it has received from Muslims. In an interview […]


The Pope starts on Sunday a historic journey to the United Arab Emirates

1 Feb , 2019  

“I have never experienced animosity” Bishop Paul Hinder is Apostolic Vicar for southern Arabia. As such, the Swiss Capuchin monk will host the pope when he sets out for Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates this Sunday. Aid to the Church in Need spoke with him about tolerance in everyday life, a lack of […]


Why bombs in Mindanao and how do we celebrate the World Interfaith Harmony Week (WIHW)?

31 Jan , 2019  

The news of bombing in Cotabato a few weeks ago and the bombing of the Jolo Cathedral a few days ago and now a bombing in a Mosque in Zamboanga City makes all of us reflect. I don’t enter into details of the different bombings and the dynamic of these incidents. The reasons behind are […]

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Jolo Cathedral Twin Bombing Situational Report 01

28 Jan , 2019  

SITUATIONAL REPORT 01 As of January 27, 2019   |   6:00 PM Philippine Time   A. Incident Background At 830 am, January 27, 2019, two IEDs exploded in the Cathedral of Mount Carmel in Jolo, Sulu – one inside the church, while Sunday mass was going on, and as troops responded to the incident, the second […]


Central African Republic: Death toll from the massacre in Alindao has now reached 80

25 Jan , 2019  

ACN is funding two aid projects for the local Catholic community as they return to a scene of utter devastation The number of people who have died as a result of the terrorist attacks of 15 November last year on the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in the diocese of Alindao and on the refugee […]

Feature Stories

ACN supports 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 […]


A secret global bestseller turns 40

16 Jan , 2019  

Aid to the Church in Need’s Children’s Bible celebrates anniversary   This year, the pontifical foundation Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) is celebrating the 40th anniversary of its children’s Bible, God Speaks to His Children. Since its release, more than 51 million copies have been distributed across the globe in 189 languages. “It […]