Afghanistan: ACN Sees a Dark Future for Religious Freedom

On August 19, marking the 102nd anniversary of the country’s independence from British rule, Zabihullah Mujahid, spokesman for the Taliban, declared Afghanistan to be the “Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan” in his official Twitter account. Thomas Heine-Geldern, Executive President of the pontifical charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), expresses profound concerns about the seizure […]

Project of the Week: A Success Story from India thanks to ACN Benefactors

PPE now available for the Sisters of Mercy in West Bengal The Sisters of Mercy of the Holy Cross in the Indian state of West Bengal are working on the front lines against time and the pandemic with a second wave that has hit India, in particular, very hard.  Our generous benefactors heard their cry […]

Russia: How ACN Helped Make World History 30 Years Ago

 August 19 marked the 30th anniversary of the coup carried out by the Soviet military and Communist elites. Aid to the Church in Need was pivotal in its success through the smuggling of a radio transmitter into the country. The images went around the world: tanks rolling through Moscow’s inner city and taking up position […]

Haiti: Alarming Statistics Only Scratch the Surface of Suffering

Speaking by telephone to the international Catholic pastoral and pontifical charity, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN International), Cardinal Chibly Langlois, Bishop of the diocese of Les Cayes, described the terrible situation facing his people in Haiti. “So far, we have still not received any tents. The people are sleeping on the ground. There […]

August 22: International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief

Pakistan: “The lives of victims accused of blasphemy are forever threatened and many have been killed.” In 2019 the UN General Assembly proclaimed August 22 as the International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief. According to the report “Religious Freedom in the World” by the international charity Aid […]

Project of the Week: A Parish Sound-System to better hear the Good News in Ukraine!

A new sound system is needed for the reconstructed parish of Saint Stanislaus in Balta There are some 80 Catholics who attend the Latin-rite Catholic parish of Saint Stanislaus, including many children. This beautiful parish church, part of the diocese of Odessa and Simferopol, was consecrated over 250 years ago.  Sadly, the original structure was […]

Belarus: “Pope Francis is concerned about the situation.”

The international community is shocked at the situation in Belarus, which is marked by the brutal suppression of protests and sanctions. This state of affairs is exacerbated by the fact that Belarus has been hard hit by the COVID-19 crisis. In the current tense circumstances, repressive measures are being also inflicted on the country’s Catholic […]

ACN Commits to $750,000 in Emergency Aid for Haiti

When making your donation for relief to be given to Haiti – please write ‘Haiti’ in the comment box. The international Catholic pastoral charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN International) has expressed its solidarity in prayer with Haiti and immediately approved an emergency aid package of $750,000 for the Haitian people, following the […]

Argentina: The Perils Facing Police Officers and the Training That Prepares Them (Interview Part 2)

In recent times the severe economic and social crisis that is affecting many countries, combined with the existing social inequalities they suffer, has triggered a disastrous fragmentation of society. All these factors have a direct repercussion on the work of the police and security forces, who have been subjected to intense criticism on account of […]

Syria: The Christian Hope Centre in Damascus

New micro-projects centre in Damascus provides hope to Syria’s embattled Christians The Christian Hope Centre a Syrian organization supported by the Catholic Church—has opened its first ever micro-projects program centre in the Syrian capital of Damascus. The program, which launched officially on July 22, will be the only micro-projects centre in the historic Christian quarter. […]