Uganda – Success Story: Ongoing formation for the members of a local religious congregation

The congregation of the Brothers of St. Martin de Porres was originally established in 1953 in what is now South Sudan. Here in Uganda, the members of this male religious congregation work in the parishes, teach in the schools, and help the poor and needy through a variety of charitable activities. As a home-grown African […]

Almaty bishop: “Let us show that religion is a path to peace.”

Pope Francis’ visit to Kazakhstan Pope Francis participated in the seventh edition of the Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions, from September 14 to 15, in the capital of Nur-Sultan (or what may once again become known as Astana). According to Bishop José Luís Mumbiela Sierra, of the Diocese of the Most Holy […]

Mozambique – Fear following the murder of a Catholic nun in the Diocese of Nacala

On Tuesday night, September 6, an Italian religious sister, aged 83, was brutally murdered in an armed attack on the Catholic Mission of Chipene in the Diocese of Nacala. Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) deplores the fact that religion is playing a more prominent role in attacks by Islamist terrorists. Sister Maria de […]

Pakistan: Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) joins effort to help victims of worst floods in 30 years

With over 1,000 killed and many more in great need, the Church has mobilized to help victims of the recent devastating floods in Pakistan. Two bishops contacted Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) to explain the situation, and the charity has committed to helping with projects in Hyderabad and Karachi, two of the dioceses […]

ACN Project of the Week – Ukraine

A house for the Capuchin Friars in Lviv The Capuchin Friars run thriving parishes in various parts of Ukraine and, in addition to Holy Mass, offer many other spiritual opportunities for believers and seekers alike. They are available to all who wish to talk about their faith, their personal lives, or about any questions or […]

Aid to the Church in Need requests prayers for Nicaragua

“We are witnessing an attempt to silence the Church in Nicaragua.” International Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) wishes to express its solidarity, friendship and communion in the face of the sad and painful situation suffered by the clergy and the whole Church in Nicaragua. The international pontifical charity recalls the message […]

Faith—not guns—is what will save us

During a visit to the international headquarters of ACN, in Germany, Father Honoré Quedraogo, a priest from the Diocese of Tenkodogo, in the Centre-East Region of Burkina Faso, spoke of the situation his country is currently facing. Officially, 40% of the country is uncontrolled by the State, but in the remaining 60% there are some […]

Project of the Week – Brazil

Fuel for a pastoral boat in the Amazon Since 2006, three Capuchin priests have been working in the parish of Saint Francis of Assisi in Belém do Solimões in the Amazon region of Brazil. Their parish includes 72 riverside villages and settlements, ranging up to 400 km in distance from the parish centre and accessible […]

Christian minor escapes forced conversion in Pakistan

August 22nd – International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief On the International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) shares a story that illustrates the widespread problem of forced conversions and marriages. At least […]