Ukraine: from contemplative silence to hosting and helping refugees

Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) has just approved an emergency relief package for Latin Rite female congregations involved in charity work in the Archdiocese of Lviv, such as the Benedictines of Solonka, who opened the doors of their contemplative monastery to refugees. The contemplative Benedictines of Solonka, near Lviv in Ukraine, are used […]

Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) Initiates a Second Phase of Ukraine Aid

As the military invasion of Ukraine enters its 50th day on this Good Friday, Pontifical Charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) launched the second phase of its emergency aid package to the country last Monday. Immediately after the start of the war, ACN announced a first package of 1.95 million dollars for the […]

Ukraine – Our convents have become refugee centres

Sisters of Saint Joseph in Lviv Millions of people have had to flee their homes to save themselves and their children, abandoning the regions of the east and south of Ukraine and heading west. According to recent figures by The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), almost four million people have crossed the borders […]

Bishop of Odesa: “In this war both nations are victims”

For the Roman Catholic Bishop of Odesa, Stanislav Schyrokoradiuk, one of the main reasons for the invasion of Ukraine is the way the Russian population has been misinformed: “We Ukrainians are the victims of the war; the Russian people are the victims of propaganda.” Last Tuesday, the bishop took part in an online conference at […]

Missionary Priest in Ukraine: “Their life is my life, their fate is my fate”

Enduring war in the capital of Ukraine, Father Lucas could not feel further away from his native Brazil. Yet he refuses to leave the country and is moved by the many examples of hope he witnesses during this conflict. Father Lucas Perozzi is in Kyiv, capital of Ukraine. Since the first days of the war, […]

Aid to the Church in Need $450,000 added bringing emergency aid to $1.95 million dollars for Ukraine

“The work has always been by our side, and we ask you to continue to help us, even if the worst should happen.” Bishop Jan Sobilo, Auxiliary Bishop of Kharkiv-Zaporijjia  (Königstein/Montreal, March 11, 2022)—Bishops, priests and members of religious orders working into the war-torn country have written to ACN to thank it and its benefactors […]

Ukraine: Prayers in the air raid shelter

Fr Mateusz is with his community day and night, offering reassurance. The situation in Kiev is getting more and more dire. A massive military convoy, more than 60 kilometres long, is moving towards the Ukrainian capital, otherwise still locked in as of March 4, 2022. As the city increasingly comes under fire, priests are sticking […]

Where Hunger Weeps—COVID in the Brazilian Amazon Region

For over 30 years ACN has been supporting dozens of projects in this region, as Frei Paolo recalls. “You have already helped us for many projects, and both we and our people are infinitely grateful to you for this.” And he lists some of the specific ways in which we have helped: “You helped us to buy a boat, so we could minister to the riverside communities, and also a car, so we could tackle the highways to Roraima and Humaitá, and to this day we are still reaping the benefits of these gifts. Our presence here is bringing hope and the Word of Christ to the people.”

Syria: ACN International Calls on Community of States to Facilitate Humanitarian Aid

With ten years of conflict already in Syria ACN President Heine-Geldern sees an urgent need for action, particularly in the area of money transfers for emergency aid. Ten years after the conflict in Syria began, the international Catholic pastoral charity ACN International has called on the United States and the European Union to facilitate the […]