Project of the Week: Success Story in Russia’s Arctic

Mass Offerings for 43 priests in the diocese of Saint Joseph, Irkutsk, Russia With an area of 10 million km², the diocese of Saint Joseph in Irkutsk is larger than the entire country of Canada (9,985 million km²). Bordering on China, the Pacific Ocean and Alaska, it stretches across seven different time zones. Scattered across this vast area […]

Project of the Week: New Catholic Life in Ethiopia

Support for the distribution of Bibles and a Blooming Catechetical Apostolate The priestly Order of the Imitation of Christ was established in 1919 in Kerala in India. It has also been present in the Horn of Africa since 2009. In fact the order now has three monasteries in Ethiopia, in the diocese of Endibir and […]

Pakistan: New Religious Body Furthers Islamization

Following Prime Minister Imran Khan’s announcement of the establishment of a new body called the Rehmatul-lil-Alameen Authority (RAA) (“Mercy for all the Worlds”—a phrase from the Koran, liberal Muslims and Christian activists have been expressing their concern over). The goal of this new body is to ensure the implementation of the teachings of Muhammad in […]

Nigeria: Despite “furious anger,” bishop calls for dialogue—truth and reconciliation with Muslims in Nigeria

The persecution of Christians by Muslim extremists in West Africa was discussed at a two-day conference in Burkina Faso recently. Nigerian Bishop Wilfred Chikpa Anagbe, of the diocese of Makurdi, called for dialogue with Muslims and the establishment of a Justice and Reconciliation Program to promote peace and forgiveness. “Furious, hot anger” is what the […]

Project of the Week: In Need of Transportation for the Good News in Malawi

A car is needed to carry pastoral work to prisoners the diocese of Zomba, Malawi In the diocese of Zomba, southern Malawi, Father Ephraim Chikwiri is chaplain to five different prisons. He not only celebrates Holy Mass with the incarcerated, but also organizes monthly retreat days and Bible study courses in which, under his guidance, […]

Hear Her Cries Report – Aid to the Church in Need (ACN)

Being a Woman and a Christian –  A Double Sentence!    Montréal, Friday, December 10, 2021 — Following its launch in the UK on November 24th, the report Hear Her Cries is now available in Canada, in both English and French. This latest Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) report reveals the tragic extent of a phenomenon that is still not generally known: the double persecution of Christian women in Egypt, Iraq, Syria, […]

Project of the Week: Restoring a Chapel and a Community in Sri Lanka

Help to renovate and enlarge a chapel for tea plantation workers The parish of Maliboda Daraniyagala includes 53 Catholic families who work as day labourers on the tea plantations of the region. Like their mainly Hindu fellow plantation workers, they are originally from India. The Catholic Church is caring for the welfare of the plantation […]

ACN: “The Catholic minority in Georgia lives under difficult conditions.”

Marco Mencaglia has been head of section that includes Georgia for Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) for the last year and a half. This past October, the pandemic situation finally eased enough for him to embark on his first journey to visit to the country. In an interview with Kira von Bock-Iwaniuk, he talked […]

Project of the Week—India

Success Story: A Moped for Pastoral Work Father Maria Raju Etcherla was ordained just three years ago. Now, he is in charge of the parish of Saint Therese of the Child Jesus in Rajam, located in the north of the state of Andhra Pradesh in central eastern India. He is responsible for ministering to its 11 […]

Red Wednesday and Red Week: Still relevant!

Solidarity with persecuted Christians Religious freedom remains under pressure throughout the world After the year 2020 being marked by the COVID-19 pandemic and the holding of a virtual event, in-person activities were held across Canada as part of #RedWednesday, promoted by the Canadian office of the charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), as […]