In 2017, ACN supported over 5,300 projects in 149 countries with the help of our three guiding principles: Informing, Praying and Giving.
Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) is a Pontifical Charity at the service of the Catholic Church, providing support to the Catholic faithful and other Christians where they may be persecuted or oppressed or in need of pastoral care.
Who We Help
Each year we fund over 5,000 projects in more than 140 countries around world, helping to support the Church in its mission, and bringing hope and solidarity to millions of people.
From priests to catechists seminarians to Sisters, you, our benefactors, enable us to help persecuted and suffering Christians live out their faith in difficult circumstances.
By helping these key Church leaders and consecrated people , you are actually reaching out to many more of our brothers and sisters – millions in fact, as the projects that we support have the specific aim of providing pastoral and spiritual support to Christians in parishes and communities all over the world.
Often these faithful servants of God bear witness to Christ in the face of terrible persecution, oppression or poverty. In their hour of need, it is the hope of Christ that sustains them – as do your prayers and the strength of your solidarity with them.
How We Help
Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) supports important pastoral projects undertaken by the local Church – bishops, priests, Sisters and lay people – in the 140-plus countries where we give aid .
From building churches and chapels to providing copies of our Child’s Bible, funding local radio stations or renovating convents or supporting Sisters caring for children and the elderly our projects range from big to small and cover a host of ideas – including some very unusual ones – and many interreligious dialogue initiatives, to help nurture the faith of persecuted and suffering Christians.