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Nigeria: “It is like we have been left to perish because of our faith.”

For the past seven months in southern Kaduna State, in north-central Nigeria, there have been incessant attacks on Christian communities, killing 178 people. In a statement by the Catholic bishops of Kaduna Province sent to the pontifical charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), the bishops said that ‘dark clouds of violence have enveloped our […]

Chad: “I Am a Child of the War”

Father Léandre Mbaydeyo, a priest from the diocese of N’Djaména in Chad, is currently studying in the parish of Saint Ambrose in Paris, with the help of a scholarship from the international Catholic pastoral and pontifical charity, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN). In the interview below he addresses the situation in his home […]

ACN Feature Story from Nigeria –  A spiritual reflection on the recent terrorist attacks

Photo, Nigeria, diocese of Minna – March 2012 St. Theresa´s Catholic Church in Madalla – partly destroyed by Christmas day bombing in the church on 25.12.2011 Nigeria “Darkness has thrived, but it has never won.”   A spiritual reflection on the recent terrorist attacks   By Tobore Ovuorie, for ACN USA Adapted by Amanda Bridget Griffin, […]

ACN News : Boko Haram strikes with new terror tactic using women in Cameroon

Cameroon Boko Haram strikes with new terror tactic using women On the night of July 29, members of the Boko Haram terrorist group attacked the town of Gagalari in the diocese of Yagoua located in the far north region of Cameroon. By Maria Lozano, ACN InternationalAdapted by Amanda Bridget Griffin for ACN CanadaPublished on the […]

ACN Project of the Week – Cameroon

ACN Project of the Week: Cameroon Help for the training of seminarians threatened by Boko Haram terrorists Nigeria is not the only country suffering from the terror of Boko Haram. Its neighbour, Cameroon also suffers from the violence of Islamist terror groups in the northern part of the country.   It is true that the […]

ACN Press – Aid to the Church in Need Canada : A busy fall program!

Aid to the Church in Need Canada A busy fall program! “This is by far one of the busiest and fall seasons in our history!” declares Marie-Claude Lalonde, National Director of Aid to the Church in Need Canada (ACN) with regard to the upcoming fall program for the organization which will be marked by four […]

An ACN Feature Interview – Nigeria

Nigeria Boko Haram contained, Islamic aggression takes different form   Nigeria, located in the eastern part of the country’s so-called “Middle Belt.” The population of 2.3M is about equally divided between Muslims and Christians, 450,000 of whom are Catholic, with 10 percent of the people belonging to traditional religions. On a recent visit to New […]

An interview with Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama of Nigeria

Nigeria ACN Feature – Corruption is as great a danger as Boko Haram An interview with Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama of Nigeria Nigeria is Africa’s most densely populated country. About 20 million of a total of approximately 170 million Nigerians are Catholic. The greatest challenges currently facing the country are the terrorist organization Boko Haram […]

Project of the Week – Nigeria

Nigeria, diocese of Maiduguri 2015 “BOKO HARAM: They may destroy our structures but not our faith. Our Faith is active and alive…..in persecution we are purified.” This was the statement on the lips of the bishop, Most Rev.Oliver Dashe Doeme and the internally displaced persons who had just returned to their communities.The Chief shepherd of the diocese […]

Feature story – ACN rebuilds in Cameroon

Cameroon/Nigeria ACN rebuilds following the destruction of Boko Haram In 2014 the Jihadist group, Boko Haram, came to worldwide attention when it kidnapped 276 female students, aged 16 to 18, in Nigeria. The hashtag trended globally, with 2.3 million tweets, including postings by leaders like First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama. The kidnapping, as terrible as […]