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Nigeria – Help for the renovation of a Major Seminary in Jos

ACN International Adapted by AB Griffin, ACN Canada In the Western World, many seminaries are forced to close their doors due to a lack of vocations, and many dioceses only have a handful of new priestly ordinations. In contrast, seminaries are simply bursting at the seams in many parts of Africa. The rectors have sleepless […]

Press Release: Syria

“Leave us alone!” By John Pontifex, ACN UK Adapted by AB Griffin, ACN Canada Montreal, September 16th, 2013 – A Syrian prelate – ordained a bishop only last month – has spoken of his dismay at the country’s mass exodus of Christians but is convinced that the future of one of the world’s oldest Church […]

Press Release: Central African Republic

More than 3,500 houses burned down in the Diocese of Bouar; thousands of people are fleeing By Eva-Maria Kollman, ACN International Adapted by AB Griffin, ACN Canada Montreal, September 20, 2013 – A dramatic worsening of the situation in the Diocese of Bouar in the north of the Central African Republic has been reported to […]

Egypt – Two Years After the Arab Spring

Egypt is not only pyramids and sun soaked beaches; it is also a country where the economic and political interests of the world’s great powers intertwine.The Arab Spring popular uprising in Cairo’s Tahrir square in January of 2011, has resulted in the country stumbling toward an uncertain future, evermore polarised between Islamist and secular forces. […]

Iceland – Translation of the Missal into Icelandic

ACN International Adapted by AB Griffin, ACN Canada   40 years ago work first begun on preparing a Missal in the Icelandic language. Now, in the Year of Faith, the printing of this book has finally become possible, thanks to ACN’s financial support. In fact, Bishop Pierre Bürcher has already personally handed Pope Francis a […]

ACN interviews His Eminence Cardinal Schöenborn about the YOUCAT giveaway at WYD in Rio

ACN:  Your Eminence what are your thoughts on WYD Rio? Schönborn: It is my second time in Brazil. The first time I was here in 1996, and I see a country that is full of live, a Church that is a kind of explosion of vitality. I see so many new communities growing in Brazil. […]

Uganda – Renovation of the seminary in Alokolum

by ACN International Adapted by ACN Canada At present, in the village of Alokolum, northern Uganda,  220 young men from various different dioceses of the country are training for the priesthood at the major seminary . This is good news of course, but it also presents the seminary with a major challenge,for now it is bursting […]

Iceland – ten baptisms for every funeral

With just 10,000 faithful, the Catholic Church in Iceland is very small, yet it is developing very dynamically. Bishop Pierre Bürcher of Reykjavik spoke recently to the international Catholic pastoral charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) about life in this scattered Catholic community. His diocese covers an area of over 100,000 km² (40,000 […]

Central African Republic: ACN invites all to an International Day of Prayer for Peace in the Central African Republic on 21 July

In view of the dramatic situation in the Central African Republic, the Catholic pastoral charity “Aid to the Church in Need” is issuing an invitation to take part in an international Day of Prayer for Peace. The initiative came from the Discalced Carmelites in the Ligurian province of Italy, who have five missions in the […]

“We see a drive for the renewal of the faith in all corners of the earth”

Interview with Regina Lynch, Project Director ACN   This year we are celebrating the Year of Faith. Why do you feel important to have this kind of celebration? Many of us, who are Catholics, often take our faith for granted, or run it on “low maintenance”,  for example by limiting its practice to Sunday Mass […]