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Zimbabwe: COVID-19 Strikes Hard

ACN reaches out to ease the struggle of pastoral workers Zimbabwe’s recent re-imposition of a lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic has once again focused global attention on this distressed country. The need for help is huge due to a surge in the number of infections and up to 596 new cases and 26 deaths […]

Project of the Week: Construction of a Presbytery in Peru

The parish of Massiapo sits at an altitude of over 10,000 feet in the Andes misty rainforest of Puno. Life is already extremely difficult here, and the pandemic has made it worse for the people here—as it has for the work of the Church. Many planned events and activities had to be postponed or even […]

India: The Death of a ‘Fearless Advocate of the Poor’

“His fate should be a wake-up call for the international community” According to several international media reports, an elderly Indian Jesuit priest by the name of Father Stan Lourduswamy, imprisoned for several months by the Indian authorities, died on Monday 5 July 2021 in a Catholic hospital in Mumbai at the age of 84. Widely […]

Haiti: Bishops deeply saddened by recent events and violence in the country

In a press statement received by the ACN Pontifical Charity yesterday, July 7, the Episcopal Conference of Haiti expressed its astonishment and condolences at the sad news of the assassination of Jovenel Moïse, president of the Republic, on the night of July 6-7 at his private residence. During the attack, the president’s wife, Martine Moïse, […]

Project of the Week – Burundi

Building a Pastoral Centre to Support the Work of Sisters in Burundi The small nation of Burundi in Central-East Africa is one of the poorest and least developed countries in the world. Its recent history has repeatedly been plagued by political crises, massacres, bloody unrest and conflict in which hundreds of thousands of people have […]

Christians in Egypt: Much Light, But Shadows Still Loom

In an interview with the pontifical charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), Coptic Catholic Bishop Kyrillos Samaan of Assiut talked about the situation of the Catholic Church, relations with Islam and ecumenism with the Orthodoxy. A situation which is improving in part due to the common declaration signed two years ago in Abu […]

BREAKING NEWS – Jihadist Attack Two Christian Towns in Niger

The international pontifical charity ACN has received news of a jihadist attack on Fantio and Dolbel, two towns in the Tillabéri region, in southwestern Niger. The charity has learned that survivors of the attack fled to the Dori region of Burkina Faso.  The victims are made up of a group of women with small children […]

Lebanon: Middle East’s Largest Christian Community in Deepening Crisis

As the historic summit with the Pope in Rome approaches, we look at the Middle East’s largest Christian community, which is in great peril. The economic and political crisis in Lebanon—home to the Middle East’s largest Christian community—has deepened ahead of an historic July 1 meeting between Pope Francis and Christian leaders from the country. […]

Project of the Week: A vehicle for a Parish in Pakistan

ACN provides a vehicle to enable pastoral work in the parish of Saint Peter in Multan Father Javed Khurshid, the parish priest, is still a young priest. Ordained 12 years ago and still serving today in the diocese of Multan located in the southern Punjab region of Pakistan. His parish, Saint Peter’s, lies on the […]