“We are an easy target, but we have a mission”

The priest kidnapped in Mali was aware of the risks The German-born missionary is an ACN partner and is heavily committed to inter-religious dialogue The pontifical charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) expresses its pain and concern over the disappearance and likely kidnapping of missionary Hans-Joachim Lohre – or Ha-Jo, as he is […]

Christian minor escapes forced conversion in Pakistan

August 22nd – International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief On the International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) shares a story that illustrates the widespread problem of forced conversions and marriages. At least […]

Haïti – Kidnapping of Father Whatner Aupont Highlights Haitian Crisis

According to Msgr. Launay Saturné, Archbishop of Cap-Haïtien, a wave of riots and kidnappings is causing a breakdown of national life in Haiti. On Thursday, April 28, a group of heavily armed bandits kidnapped several people, including Father Whatner Aupont, priest of St. Joseph the Worker’s church at Grande Ravine in the Diocese of Anse-à-Veau […]

Nigeria: Touching and Joyful Homecoming for Seminarians Released After Abduction

“Hearts filled with joy” is a phrase that translates the spirit of the Church in Nigeria following the release of three young seminarians who were abducted last Monday. In a message sent out to Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), late Wednesday evening, Fr. Emmanuel Uchechukwu Okolo, Chancellor of the Catholic Diocese of Kafanchan, […]

Nigeria: Leah Sharibu

On May 14, she turned 18 “Leah, it’s been three years since your disappearance at the hands of Boko Haram elements in your school in Dapchi, Yobe State in northeastern Nigeria,” says Father Simon Okechukwu Ayogu, a Nigerian priest, to Aid to the Church in Need (ACN). He speaks about Leah Sharibu, a young Christian […]

Pakistan—A new case of abduction and forced conversion of a young Christian girl

Arzoo Raja, a 13-year-old Catholic girl from Karachi, Pakistan, was abducted on October 13, forced to abandon her faith and marry her 44-year-old Muslim abductor, Ali Azhar, who also resides in Karachi. Last Saturday, October 24, a large group of Christians and civil society activists, led by two members of parliament, gathered in front of […]

ACN News: Four seminarians abducted – Nigeria at risk of becoming a failed state

Nigeria “The government must act now, before it is too late” by Maria Lozano, ACN International Adapted by Amanda Bridget Griffin, ACN Canada Posted to the web – Monday January 13, 2020 Catholic pastoral charity and pontifical foundation ACN International, has learned with dismay of the abduction of four young seminarians in Kaduna, Nigeria. Königstein/Montreal, […]