PRESS RELEASE: Liberia, Sierra Leone, Gambia – Church active in fight against Ebola

  Reinhard Backes, ACN International Adapted by Amanda Griffin, ACN Canada    Montreal, Thursday October 2, 2014 – In Catholic parishes throughout Liberia, the threat arising from the spread of the Ebola virus and the potential for prevention are being discussed more and more – the international Catholic pastoral charity “Aid to the Church in […]

Journey with ACN – September 2014

JOURNEY WITH ACN is our  weekly newsletter which is regularly posted to our blog on Fridays. It has been designed to acquaint you with the needs of the Catholic Church around the world as well as with various projects we have been able to bring to life thanks to people like you, our ACN benefactors. This week […]

An ACN exclusive interview with an Iraqi priest

The following interview was conducted by Robert Lalonde, head of information for ACN Canada, on Monday, September 1st, 2014, with Father Majid McDassy o.p., Dominican fathers convent in Baghdad ____________________________________  Have any northern Iraqis moved towards Baghdad?  Yes. In fact, families are beginning to move and to come to Baghdad in order to seek refuge. […]

Syria – “I come to you because my people suffer”

Mark Riedemann, ACN International Adaptded by Amanda Griffin, ACN Canada   “Many Muslims are now shy to declare themselves Muslim. I have heard several Muslim say to me: ‘I am ashamed – I do not understand that Islam is like that’. So I think it is the time for a true dialogue. I think it […]

“My diocese no longer exists”

The advance of the ISIS warriors has left thousands of Iraqi Christians homeless – The Catholic Church is helping Christians and Muslims By Oliver Maksan, ACN International Adapted by Amanda Bridget Griffin, ACN Canada “Ahlan wa sahlan. Welcome,” is Archbishop Amel Nona’s friendly greeting to an anxious looking veiled woman who enters his office. He […]


Given the dramatic situation known to Central-Africa for more than a year now, and by way of solidarity with its populace, we are continuing today with a series of articles which will enable you to accompany the people of this country, currently at the heart of an unspeakable conflict: a war which recalls the extreme […]

Zanzibar Jubilee “150 Years of Catholic Faith” – and the growing concern about radical Islam

By Reinhard Backes, ACN International Adapted by AB Griffin, ACN Canada To the Spiritan Fathers working on the two main islands of Unguja (or Zanzibar) and Pemba, which together make up Zanzibar and which since 1964 have also formed part of the East African nation of Tanzania, the words of Father Liebermann have been a […]

Press Release: Syria – A plea for peace from a Patriarch

John Pontifex, ACN United Kingdom Adapted by AB Griffin, ACN Canada Montreal, Tuesday January 21, 2014 – The leader of Catholics in Syria has issued an urgent appeal to the faithful in Syria – and people throughout the world – to pray for the success of next week’s all-important Geneva II peace conference.   Damascus-based […]

Press Release – Egypt: “I can only recommend that Christians accept the constitution”

By Oliver Maksan, ACN International Adapted by AB Griffin, ACN Canada Montreal, Wednesday January 15, 2014 – Before the start of the two-day referendum on the constitution in Egypt on Tuesday, Bishop Kyrillos William Samaan came out in favour of accepting the draft. Speaking to the international Catholic pastoral charity “Aid to the Church in […]

Press Release: Bangladesh – Minorities suffer fear and violence

By Maria Lozano, ACN International Adapted by AB Griffin, ACN Canada  Montreal, Tuesday January 14 , 2014 — A  violent and also fatal boycott took place in Bangladesh by opposition parties in the hope of preventing a vote in Bangladesh, following a  general election last Sunday, 5 January 2014.  The ruling Awami league had had […]