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Aid to the Church in Need Canada —Save the Date! Red Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Press Release – For Immediate Release Save the Date! On Wednesday, November 16th, the Canadian office of Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) will hold its eighth consecutive Red Wednesday, an event of solidarity that serves as a reminder that the persecution of Christians is an ongoing phenomenon. “Just like last year, I am […]

Aid to the Church in Need statement about the Pentecost massacre in St. Francis Xavier Church in Owo, Nigeria

The international pontifical charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) is deeply shocked by the horrific attack which took place at the St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, in Owo, Ondo State, southwest Nigeria, during Pentecost Sunday celebrations, June 5th, and which caused the death of many people, including children. The thoughts and prayers of […]

Pakistan: They spent eight years on death row after being falsely accused of blasphemy

In July 2013, Shagufta and Shafqat Emmanuel, a Catholic couple in Mian Channu, a small town 250 kilometres  south of Lahore, Pakistan, were arrested on false charges of blasphemy. After eight years on death row, separated from each other and from their four children, they were finally released on June 3, 2021, by the Lahore […]

PAKISTAN: Tributes to Christian man killed in Peshawar

Tributes have been paid to a Christian minister who was killed on Sunday, 30th January in Pakistan after dedicating his life to persecuted and other suffering Christians. Gunmen on motorbikes shot William Siraj in the head and chest as he was driving away from Sunday service at a church, outside Peshawar city centre. Also in […]

Iraqi Christians face new year with hope and apprehension

The life of Christians on Iraq’s Nineveh Plains remains precarious, even though much progress has been made in the wake of the ouster of ISIS from the region and the restoration and rebuilding of Christian homes as well as churches and Church properties. Four Christians from Qaraqosh, which is regaining its status as the most important […]

“Violence against Christian women is a weapon in the war against religious minorities.”

Co-author of ACN case study describes an increase in the number of attacks The pontifical international charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) has published a documentary report to address the rise in violence against Christian women in many countries of the world. It bears the title “Hear her Cries: The kidnapping, forced conversion […]

Red Wednesday and Red Week: Still relevant!

Solidarity with persecuted Christians Religious freedom remains under pressure throughout the world After the year 2020 being marked by the COVID-19 pandemic and the holding of a virtual event, in-person activities were held across Canada as part of #RedWednesday, promoted by the Canadian office of the charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), as […]

Burkina Faso: Resurgence of Terrorist Attacks, Christians in Danger of Dying

According to reports received by Aid to the Church in Need, security in northern Burkina Faso has drastically deteriorated in recent months. Armed groups are reigning terror over the whole population, demanding taxes, pillaging and robbing people in many parts of the country. However, the latest testimonies from the displaced peoples collected by ACN in […]

Democratic Republic of Congo—After a Wave of attacks, Bishop denounces Persecution of the Church

In commemorating the twenty-fifth anniversary of the murder of Archbishop Christophe Munzihirwa Mwene Ngabo of the diocese of Bukavu, the local Church has denounced the persecution the diocese has been suffering recently at the hands of armed groups. In a message sent to the international Catholic pastoral charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN […]

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 […]