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Project of the Week – Angola

A Marian shrine for the Diocese of Mbanza Congo Almost every diocese in Angola has its own Marian shrine. The country’s Catholic faithful show a deep love for and devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. However, to the sadness of the faithful, the Diocese of Mbanza Congo, situated in a very impoverished region in the […]

ACN Success Story: Bangladesh

A presbytery for a new parish Dinajpur is one of the poorest of the eight Catholic dioceses in Bangladesh. Like elsewhere in this overwhelmingly Muslim country, Catholics represent only a tiny minority of the population and also belong to ethnic minorities. Thus, most of the faithful are doubly disadvantaged: both on account of their Christian […]

ACN’s Project of the Week – Home Renovation in Teplice for the Work of the Salesian Fathers of Don Bosco

Czech Republic  The region of Ústí in northern Bohemia is “a desert on the religious land map,” as some of the local church people put it. In fact, the Czech Republic as a whole is a profoundly atheistic country. But in the Ústí region, a mere 5% of the population even describe themselves as belonging […]

Success Story: India – A residential home for sick and retired priests in the diocese of Jagdalpur

There are 110 priests actively working in the diocese of Jagdalpur in the state of Chhattisgarh in central eastern India. Their work is hard and demands great self-sacrifice, for their ministry is in remote and underdeveloped regions and involves travelling long and difficult journeys. The diocese covers an area of around 15,000 square miles (39,000 km²), […]

Project of the Week – Ethiopia: A Village Chapel in the Apostolic Vicariate of Soddo

 The apostolic vicariate of Soddo lies in southern Ethiopia around 385 km south of the capital Addis Ababa. The territory of the vicariate is approximately 47,000 km² in area and has almost 192,000 Catholics today. The number of parishes is growing and there are now 34 of them, together with numerous out-stations, which are increasing more and […]

Project of the Week – Ukraine – A chapel in a converted container for the parish of Saint Padre Pio in Krasnosilka

The parish of St. Padre Pio in Krasnosilka, a village in southern Ukraine around 15 km north of the city of Odessa, is still young and also pretty small. The Catholic community there numbers only around 30 people, mainly families with young children. But other families are beginning to show an interest in the Catholic faith.   Yet there is still no church here. Mass […]

Project of the Week: Restoring a Chapel and a Community in Sri Lanka

Help to renovate and enlarge a chapel for tea plantation workers The parish of Maliboda Daraniyagala includes 53 Catholic families who work as day labourers on the tea plantations of the region. Like their mainly Hindu fellow plantation workers, they are originally from India. The Catholic Church is caring for the welfare of the plantation […]

ACN Feature Story – Celebrating the restoration of a church in Syria

Syria Celebrating the inauguration of the newly restored church of Haret Saraya, destroyed by jihadists in 2012 by Marta Garcia, for ACN International Adapted by Amanda Bridget Griffin, ACN Canada   Marmarita/Königstein. —Evening is falling in the Valley of the Christians. From its high vantage point the Crusader fortress, the Crac des Chevaliers, built in […]

ACN Project of the Week – A new parish church in Camela, Brazil

Brazil A new parish church amidst the sugarcane   The town of Camela has a population of around 30,000 souls, and lies in the midst of the vast sugarcane plantations of northeastern Brazil.   The life of the people here is marked by great poverty and grave social problems manifesting in widespread violence and drug […]