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South Sudan – “Pope’s visit will be very important for peace.”

A nun of the Comboni Missionaries living in Wau, South Sudan, believes the upcoming visit by Pope Francis to the youngest country in the world, scheduled for July 5 to 7,could have a historic effect on the peace process. “The Pope will play a very, very important role. The Pope, the Christian churches and all […]

Project of the Week – Cuba

Repair of vehicles for pastoral work in the Archdiocese of Camagüey  The Caribbean island of Cuba is often seen as a holiday paradise for foreign tourists. However, the continuing economic crisis in the country, which has worsened since January 2021, is severely impacting the daily life of Cubans. This is apart from the recent tragic […]

Haïti – Kidnapping of Father Whatner Aupont Highlights Haitian Crisis

According to Msgr. Launay Saturné, Archbishop of Cap-Haïtien, a wave of riots and kidnappings is causing a breakdown of national life in Haiti. On Thursday, April 28, a group of heavily armed bandits kidnapped several people, including Father Whatner Aupont, priest of St. Joseph the Worker’s church at Grande Ravine in the Diocese of Anse-à-Veau […]

Nigeria: Student stoned and burned to death in Sokoto

The international charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) is deeply troubled by the terrible murder of Deborah Yakubu, a Christian student who was stoned and then burned at the Shehu Shagari College of Education in Sokoto, northern Nigeria. “ACN decries this most recent act of violence. The levels of extremism and violence reached […]

Iraq – Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) calls on the international community for help

The international charity is requesting support for Iraq to help the country achieve stability and economic development. After years of helping to rebuild homes and infrastructure, Pontifical Charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) is issuing an urgent call to the international community to help guarantee peace and stability in Iraq, as the necessary […]

Call to Action – Pray for China today and on May 24

On May 11, 2022, Cardinal Joseph Zen was arrested by the authorities in Hong Kong. According to local newspaper The Standard, the 90-year-old cardinal was detained for his role as trustee of the 612 Humanitarian Relief Fund, which helped pro-democracy protesters pay their legal fees. After some hours, the Cardinal was set free on bail. […]

ACN Success Story – Brazil

A Motorboat for Pastoral Outreach in the Amazon Region Father Washington Dioleno Araújo Taveres is a happy man. Thanks to your generous help, he now has the mode of transportation he so urgently needed for his ministry. His parish of Saint John the Baptist, headquartered in Curralinho, Brazil, is located in the Amazon Delta. The […]

Turkey: A “church with open doors” in an Islamic society

Archbishop of Izmir hopes for progress in the dialogue Today, even though Christianity has a tradition of almost 2,000 years of history in Turkey, after various waves of persecution, there are hardly any Christians left. In an interview with the international Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN-ED), Archbishop Martin Kmetec of Izmir […]

Pakistan: They spent eight years on death row after being falsely accused of blasphemy

In July 2013, Shagufta and Shafqat Emmanuel, a Catholic couple in Mian Channu, a small town 250 kilometres  south of Lahore, Pakistan, were arrested on false charges of blasphemy. After eight years on death row, separated from each other and from their four children, they were finally released on June 3, 2021, by the Lahore […]

IRAQ: New School – Sign of Hope and Recovery

This Sunday will mark an important milestone for Iraq’s Christians on their road to recovery from genocide when a community of Sisters officially opens their long-awaited school. With capacity for 625 students, the new Al-Tahira Secondary School opens on May 1st in Qaraqosh (Bakhdida), the largest of the 13 majority Christian towns and villages in […]