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Tanzania: Mass Offerings for Priests in Tunduru-Masasi

The diocese of Tunduru-Masasi lies in the far south of Tanzania on the border with Mozambique. In this area, 85% of the population identify as Muslim, while only 11% – a little over 100,000 people – are Catholic Christians. The faithful live widely scattered across numerous different villages throughout the 19 parishes covering a vast […]

EU to Reinstate Special Envoy for Freedom of Religion at a Crucial Time

The European Union (EU) has decided it will have a Special Envoy for Freedom of Religion, responding to calls from political and civil society fronts in Europe and abroad. The decision was announced on Wednesday,  July 8 by the European Commission (EC) Vice-president, Margaritis Schinas, prompting a sigh of relief among the many organizations working […]

ACN Project of the Week – Burkina Faso Support for Catholic Radio

Burkina Faso Support for Catholic Radio Support for a Catholic Radio Station For over 50 years now ACN has been supporting media-based evangelization, mainly via the radio waves. ACN founder, Father Werenfried van Straaten, understood very early on how the modern media could help to reach people in remote regions where distances are an obstacle […]

ACN NEWS – Pakistan: Christians denied COVID-19 aid

Cecil Shane Chaudhry, Executive Director of the National Commission for Justice and Peace, a Catholic-run human rights organization, described reports of religious organizations and mosques making announcements telling Christians not to come forward for food and other emergency handouts. Speaking to the British branch of the Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), […]

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Sri Lanka: Psychological and pastoral aid for victims of the attacks

ACN supports Church trauma programmes The Pontifical International Charity, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) is supporting the Catholic Church in Sri Lanka in its efforts to assist the victims of the terrorist attacks that took place on Easter Sunday. In April of this year, Islamist suicide bombers claimed the lives of almost 300 […]

International Day Victims of Acts of religious Violence

An important step, but one that needs to be followed by action  Montréal/Könisgtein, Wednesday August 21st – “The new day to commemorate the victims of religious violence is an important step to ensuring that more attention is paid to persecuted Christians in the future,” explained Dr Thomas Heine-Geldern. The executive president of the pontifical Charity […]