Lebanon: Middle East’s Largest Christian Community in Deepening Crisis

As the historic summit with the Pope in Rome approaches, we look at the Middle East’s largest Christian community, which is in great peril. The economic and political crisis in Lebanon—home to the Middle East’s largest Christian community—has deepened ahead of an historic July 1 meeting between Pope Francis and Christian leaders from the country. […]

World Refugee Day: An Overview of ACN Support for Refugees

In 2020, ACN funded more than 25 projects to support refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) in different parts of the world, especially those in Africa and the Middle East. Africa Sub-Sahara Africa hosts more than 26% of the world’s refugee population as a result of new conflicts erupting and the ongoing crisis. ACN’s focus […]

Lebanon: Georgette’s Struggle to Feed Her Three Grandchildren

“I don’t have anyone…” There was a time when Beirut was known as the ‘Paris of the Middle East’, and the memory of those “glamorous” times is all the more painful today, given the profound crisis that Lebanon is currently experiencing. For the financial crisis, with the banks on the brink of bankruptcy, the devastatingly […]

Aid to the Church in Need in Lebanon: More than ever before, we must continue with our efforts!

Press Release – For Immediate Release More than $250,000 is the amount that the benefactors of Aid to the Church in Need Canada (ACN) have been sending to disaster victims in Lebanon since mid-September. And now more than ever, we must continue! Annie Desrosiers, Head of Philanthropy for ACN Canada, has been praising benefactors from […]

Beirut: Nabil’s Miraculous Escape—An Appeal for Help

August 4 should have been the happiest day in the life of Jad, a young Lebanese man. It was the day when his wife, Christelle, gave birth to their first son, Nabil, in St. George’s Hospital, in Beirut. Their happiness lasted just 15 minutes. At 6:07 p.m., 3,030 tons of ammonium nitrate exploded in Hanger […]

Beirut: Rebuilding Greek Melkite Catholic Church of the Saviour, built in 1890

“Our mission is to bring light into the darkness we are living” ACN supports the reconstruction of the Church of the Saviour in Beirut “Our Hiroshima.” This is how one survivor describes the tragic explosion of August 4 in which she lost her house and home. “It was worse than a war, because it happened […]

Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) to Support Reconstruction of Beirut with Over Seven Million Dollars

The charity announces new aid initiatives, ten weeks on from the catastrophic explosion in the city. The international charity Aid to the Church in Need is increasing its planned aid program for the Christians affected by the massive explosion in Beirut on August 4 this year – to a total of 7.25 million dollars. The […]

Lebanon: Counting on help – both spiritual and financial.

An interview with Reinhard Backes, head of projects for the pontifical charity Aid to the Church in Need, after his visit Lebanon from 7 to 16 September. What is the situation in Lebanon?   The Lebanese people, and especially the Christians because their quarters were most badly hit by the blast, are suffering a lot. […]

Lebanon: A Ray of Hope in Beirut!

The anticipation that bare kitchen cupboards would soon be filled stirred a flurry of enthusiasm at the Socio-Medical Intercommunity Dispensary in the poor Beirut neighbourhood of Nabaa. There, beneficiaries of the center gathered to receive food packages, thanks to the support of the international pontifical charity Aid to the Church in Need.  Even before Lebanon’s […]