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France: The Night of Witnesses 2022 – Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) presents three testimonies of persecuted Christians

Thousands of people physically or virtually attended The Night of Witnesses (La Nuit des Témoins), a series of events under this name organized by the pontifical international charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) from January 22 to 28, 2022, throughout France. During these vigils, the portraits of 13 martyrs murdered for their faith in 2021 […]

Nigeria: Despite “furious anger,” bishop calls for dialogue—truth and reconciliation with Muslims in Nigeria

The persecution of Christians by Muslim extremists in West Africa was discussed at a two-day conference in Burkina Faso recently. Nigerian Bishop Wilfred Chikpa Anagbe, of the diocese of Makurdi, called for dialogue with Muslims and the establishment of a Justice and Reconciliation Program to promote peace and forgiveness. “Furious, hot anger” is what the […]

Red Wednesday 2021 in Canada – Sharp Rise in Anti-Christian Persecution in Africa

Montréal, October 21, 2021 – Burkina Faso has been under attack since 2015 and is seeing its welcoming and tolerant way of life challenged by outside fundamentalist forces. In Nigeria, Catholic bishops are no longer reluctant to speak of a ‘slow genocide’ of Christians, massacred or driven off their land by Fulani herdsmen, who in […]

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: Church Decries “Slow Genocide” of Christians

The Catholic Church in Nigeria claims that the Christians in their country are the victims of a process of ethnic cleansing at the hands of islamist Fulani Muslims, with the complicity of the state. During a webinar hosted by Aid to the Church in Need International (ACN) respective speakers. Among them, one bishop and several […]

June 20th was World Refugee Day: Africa Faces Threat of Famine Due to Persecution

Millions in West Africa are in need ACN has estimated over 15 million people are currently internally displaced in the 12 countries identified by ACN’s Religious Freedom in the World Report 2021. and suffering severe to extreme religious persecution in Africa. Large agricultural areas are emptied as people run for their lives from profit driven […]

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 […]

Nigeria—Christmas Eve Attacks on Churches

A Christmas Eve attack by Boko Haram—left at least 11 dead and two church buildings razed to the ground. This has prompted a Nigerian bishop to issue a rallying cry, insisting Islamist violence is doomed to failure. In an interview with Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), Bishop Oliver Dashe Doeme of […]

Nigeria – “Our land is now a pool of blood”

In an October 1 message marking the 60th anniversary of Nigeria’s independence from British rule, Bishop Matthew Kukah of Sokoto was harshly critical of the country’s President Mohammadu Buhari, faulting him for failing to rein in ongoing violence, much of it targeting Christians. “Where are the Chibok daughters? Where is Leah Sharibu? Who are the […]