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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 […]

Chile—When Hatred Seeks to Destroy the Church

The embers are still smouldering, and you can smell the smoke of burning in the centrally situated Church of the Assumption in the Chilean capital, Santiago. Looking up from the floor of the central nave, one can see the cloudy sky above, for the roof has been totally destroyed. The central spire of the church, […]

Chile: ACN INTERNATIONAL – Statement: Churches set on fire

Churches set on fire in Santiago de Chile October 19, 2020 The International Pontifical Charity Aid to the Church in Need (CAN) condemns the violent attacks on churches in Santiago de Chile yesterday, October 18. Two churches were attacked by protesters at a time when several hours of peaceful demonstration were taking place to mark […]

ACN Project of the Week – A car to reach parishioners in La Serena, Chile

Chile A car to reach the parishioners of La Serena   Archbishop René Rebolledo Salinas faces major challenges. His archdiocese of La Serena covers an area of over 40,000 km² – the size of Switzerland. Consequently, the distances he must travel are huge and the 500,000 Catholics of the archdiocese are widely scattered across this […]

Project of the Week – reconstruction of a presbytery in Chile

Chile Rebuilding after an earthquake In the 19th century Sotaquí, lived an elderly and very holy woman. Her name was Antonia Pizarro. She had a profound knowledge of herbal remedies, and thus was able to help many sick people. One day, as she was on her way to visit a sick person who lived close […]