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Women often targeted in discrimination of Christian minorities

On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, Aid to the Church in Need calls attention to the suffering of Christian women in countries where sexual violence is used as a weapon against religious minorities, and urges national governments and international organizations to do more to combat the increasing number of these […]

Pakistan – “There is a blessing for those who touch the Word of God.”

On September 30, the Church celebrates the memory of Saint Jerome, a doctor of the Church who translated the Bible into Latin. September is the month of the Bible, and the Church recalls Saint Jerome’s profound conviction that “he who does not know Holy Scripture does not know Christ.” Aid to the Church in Need […]

Pakistan: Taliban Threat, Churches Increase Security

Churches across Pakistan have stepped up security in response to the threat of terrorist attacks following the Taliban’s return to power in neighbouring Afghanistan. At a meeting of Catholic and Protestant leaders, senior clergy agreed to tighten surveillance and beef up armed protection, especially at Sunday services. The move comes amid concerns that the Taliban’s […]

August 22: International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief

Pakistan: “The lives of victims accused of blasphemy are forever threatened and many have been killed.” In 2019 the UN General Assembly proclaimed August 22 as the International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief. According to the report “Religious Freedom in the World” by the international charity Aid […]

Project of the Week: A vehicle for a Parish in Pakistan

ACN provides a vehicle to enable pastoral work in the parish of Saint Peter in Multan Father Javed Khurshid, the parish priest, is still a young priest. Ordained 12 years ago and still serving today in the diocese of Multan located in the southern Punjab region of Pakistan. His parish, Saint Peter’s, lies on the […]

Pakistan: Young and Christian; Discrimination, Social Exclusion and Poverty

An ACN program providing new hope to young Pakistani women and equipping them to fight for a better future Life for Christians in Pakistan is not easy. As members of a religious minority, they are frequently victims of discrimination and social exclusion. The majority of Christians belong to the poorest classes of society and include […]

Project of the Week – Pakistan

Construction of a security wall to protect against terrorist attacks In recent years there have been a succession of terrorist attacks on Christian churches in Pakistan. A very real danger of further attacks looms. As a result, it is imperative that Christians strengthen the security measures around their churches and parish centres. In fact, these […]

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 […]

Pakistan—Maira’s Struggle for Justice Takes a Fresh Turn

The case of a Catholic girl from Madina Town, near Faisalabad has taken an unexpected turn after the defendant failed to appear in court. The 14-year-old Pakistani girl and her family continue her struggle to be free of the man who raped—and blackmailed her into marriage and religious conversion. A Rawalpindi court requested new evidence […]

Asia Bibi: “Please Help our Girls”

In a moving interview which she gave to the international Catholic pastoral and Pontifical Charity, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), Asia Bibi made a heartfelt appeal to Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on behalf of the religious minorities in the country, recalling in particular the terrible plight of the many underage Pakistani girls […]