Mali: Colombian Missionary Nun Released After Over Four Year Captivity

After four years and eight months of captivity at the hands of Malian jihadist insurgents, Sister Gloria Cecilia Narváez Argoti, a missionary from Colombia, was freed on Saturday, October 9.   All details of her release have not yet been made public, but in brief comments to Malian television, she expressed her gratitude to the […]

Project of the Week: Practical Help for Refugees in Burkina Faso

ACN Success Story: Radios, solar lamps and memory sticks with recorded lessons for 800 refugee families Life in northern and eastern Burkina Faso has been virtually paralyzed by terrorism and the resulting critical security situation. The threat of Islamist terrorism is on the increase, with jihadists wanting to establish an Islamic caliphate in the region. […]

Lessons from COVID-19: Can you offer help from a distance?

How the pandemic influences the working practice of a Charity Many organizations around the world have suffered a significant impact from the COVID-19 pandemic on their daily activities and in their relationships with project partners. The Pontifical Charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), an international charity that supports more than 5,000 projects per […]

BREAKING NEWS – Jihadist Attack Two Christian Towns in Niger

The international pontifical charity ACN has received news of a jihadist attack on Fantio and Dolbel, two towns in the Tillabéri region, in southwestern Niger. The charity has learned that survivors of the attack fled to the Dori region of Burkina Faso.  The victims are made up of a group of women with small children […]

June 20th was World Refugee Day: Africa Faces Threat of Famine Due to Persecution

Millions in West Africa are in need ACN has estimated over 15 million people are currently internally displaced in the 12 countries identified by ACN’s Religious Freedom in the World Report 2021. and suffering severe to extreme religious persecution in Africa. Large agricultural areas are emptied as people run for their lives from profit driven […]

Burkina Faso: Caught Between Terrorism and COVID-19

“The faithful are fleeing the terrorism, which they are powerless to resist, but they are holding on to their faith.” The situation in the Sahel region is worrying. In the interview below Maria Lozano of the international Catholic pastoral pontifical charity Aid to the Church in Need, speaks with Bishop Laurent B. Dabire, bishop of […]

Burkina Faso: First Holy Communion, Between Terrorism and COVID-19

Communicants talk to ACN about their faith in Jesus Their faces radiant with joy, children dressed in their white robes dance and sing, clap their hands and pray to God. In Kaya, a provincial capital in Burkina Faso, nothing can overshadow the joy of celebrating the First Holy Communion. For a brief moment, the children […]

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

Burkina Faso Support for Catholic Radio Support for a Catholic Radio Station By ACN International Projects Department Adapted by Amanda Bridget Griffin Published online July 2, 2020   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 […]

Burkina Faso: No stop to terrorism during this pandemic

Burkina Faso No stop to terrorism during this pandemic by Maria Lozano, ACN International Adapted by Amanda Bridget Griffin Published to the web May 19, 2020 The terrorist threat, which has affected five regions of northern and eastern Burkina Faso in particular, has been “eclipsed by the Covid-19 pandemic,” according to a number of different […]

Project of the Week – Burkina Faso

Project of the Week – Burkina Faso Info from ACN International Projects Department Posted online May 14 , 2020 Help for the families of forced to flee their homes The diocese of Dori lies in the far north of Burkina Faso, in the Sahel region. Ninety-five percent of this population is Muslim, while Christians make up […]