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Advocacy

In accordance with the motto of our founder “Inform, Pray and Act (Give) ” our information work gives voice to those who often no longer have one. We present the pressing issues of the local Church and serve as advocates for persecuted Christians.

We created the Religious Freedom Report, and prepare public relations reports for print as well as audiovisual products.

These materials are provided by ACN International to national offices worldwide, to forward to local media, including radio and television stations and to use in social media platforms. With information campaigns, publications, events and conferences, the 23 National offices advocate for the welfare of the Church around the world. We also assist in building radio stations and oversee the training of media professionals in the service of evangelization.

” We give persecuted Christians a voice.

Thomas Heine-Geldern, Executive President

As the “advocate of Christians,” we work to raise the voices of disadvantaged and persecuted Christians in many critical and urgent situations. We have already succeeded in galvanizing key people in positions of responsibility with our plea for more humanity and charity.

Much of our advocacy work is made possible through the maintenance of our project partner relationships, and by providing quality, verified, information. As a result, over the past few years, we have gained a high level of trust and a good reputation among politicians from the EU (European Union) and other parts of the world, helping us to launch new projects and earn credibility with fellow campaigners.

As the “advocate of Christians”, we raise the voice for disadvantaged and persecuted Christians in many urgent cases.
As the “advocate of Christians,” we work to raise the voices of disadvantaged
and persecuted Christians in many critical and urgent situations.

With a donation volume of 165 million dollars (CAN), a great deal of need can be alleviated. But more is required to make a real difference in the world. One means of leverage is the information and motivation of governmental and transnational agencies which can then support larger projects. ACN acts as an advocate for fraternal love and Christians in need, or as ACN Executive President Thomas Heine puts it, “We offer persecuted Christians a voice.”

Signature of a contract for the reconstruction of 12.000 homes in Iraq (Erbil, 27.03.2017).
Signature of a contract for the reconstruction of 12.000 homes in Iraq (Erbil, 27.03.2017)

ACN does not accept government funding, but is able to bring together governments that show a genuine interest in religious freedom and Christian aid with reliable local partners. With the help of this concept, we were able to raise considerable sums for project partners through our mediation efforts: The USA provided 197 million dollars, Germany 35 million euros, Hungary 15 million euros, Italy and the Netherlands 2 million euros each and Austria 1 million euros. These funds were primarily made available to alleviate the plight of Christians in Iraq and to improve their situation.

Conference “Christmas after Daesh: Hope reborn for Christians in the Middle East” at European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium December 5th, 2017.
Conference “Christmas after Daesh: Hope reborn for Christians in the Middle East” at European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium December 5th, 2017.

Perhaps nothing moves us more than the personal experiences of those affected. That is why the ACN Public Affairs team took part in international congresses, symposia and conferences, where the situation of Christians was mostly presented with concrete witness reports, in line with the motto “Do good and talk about it”: For example, at the annual meeting of the European People’s Party (EPP), which represents the largest political group in the European Parliament; or at the meeting of the Centesimus Annus Pro Pontifice Foundation, an international organisation of Catholic economists and bankers. In addition, special ambassadors for religious freedom were informed, who in turn referred to ACN’s work at international meetings.

Our key objective: to ensure synergistic effects and meet multipliers who can inform the world of opinion leaders in and beyond the media about the plight of Christians and thus mobilize them for dialogue and action.