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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 […]

Sri Lanka: Victims of Easter bombings ask Pope for help in uncovering the truth

The Easter Sunday bombings in 2019 in Sri Lanka killed 269 people and injured more than 500 others. Three years after the incident, a delegation of victims and leaders from different religious communities visited Pope Francis as part of a campaign for clarity on those responsible for the attacks. The Holy Father has asked the […]

Project of the Week – Technical Equipment for a Catholic Radio Station

Democratic Republic of the Congo   For almost 30 years now, the Assumptionist Fathers in the diocese of Butembo-Beni, in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, have been exercising a fruitful media apostolate. In particular, the Catholic radio station they have set up—Radio Moto Oicha—is proving to be a vital instrument of evangelization, […]

Ukraine: from contemplative silence to hosting and helping refugees

Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) has just approved an emergency relief package for Latin Rite female congregations involved in charity work in the Archdiocese of Lviv, such as the Benedictines of Solonka, who opened the doors of their contemplative monastery to refugees. The contemplative Benedictines of Solonka, near Lviv in Ukraine, are used […]