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Aid to the Church in Need helps Christians around the world who are persecuted by violence and oppressed by terror.

From its beginnings, the Church has always provided care for those in need. In addition to its pastoral mission, it is committed to sponsoring social assistance organisations worldwide and supporting those in need in many crisis areas.

 

But what many do not know: the Church itself often requires urgent help, mainly in developing countries and those affected by displacement, persecution or catastrophe. And the numbers speak volumes: currently, some 200 million people worldwide cannot freely exercise their faith. The fundamental right of religious freedom is not guaranteed in more than 80 countries around the world.

 

Christians are currently persecuted, discriminated against or oppressed in more than 40 countries. Here the Church infrastructure and the human dignity of the faithful cannot be maintained through their own resources, or if so, only with great difficulty. In many of these countries, monetary donations are the only source of income for the Church.

 

Unlike most charities that alleviate the social needs, Aid to the Church in Need concentrates on supporting local churches, thereby upholding the ideals of Christian charity.

 

Founded in 1947 as a Catholic aid organisation for war refugees and recognised as a papal foundation since 2011, Aid to the Church in Need is dedicated to the service of Christians around the world, wherever they are persecuted or oppressed or suffering material need. This is carried out entirely from private donations, as our foundation receives no public funding.

 

Together with hundreds of thousands of donors and project partners, we support Christians around the world under our guiding principle “information, prayer and action”. In addition, we are committed to religious freedom and reconciliation across all faiths. Our long-standing experience and belief in the power of charity has encouraged us to continue on this path and to inspire people for our work around the globe.

 

The triad INFORMATION-PRAYER-ACTION is a central leitmotif in determining ACN’s support of the Church. In the spirit of trust in God and brotherly love, the papal foundation helps dioceses and the Church all over the world to bring people the good news of the kingdom of God – especially in those places where the Church suffers from persecution or material poverty.