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 […]

India: Priest Finally Acquitted for the Charge of Singing Christmas Carols

Indian priest charged with singing Christmas carols finally acquitted after a four-year legal battle Father George Mangalapilly, an Indian priest, was recently acquitted of an alleged crime of “forcible religious conversion.” On December 14, 2017, he was attacked, along with 32 seminarians, by a group of radical Hindu extremists while singing Christmas carols in the […]

India: The Death of a ‘Fearless Advocate of the Poor’

“His fate should be a wake-up call for the international community” According to several international media reports, an elderly Indian Jesuit priest by the name of Father Stan Lourduswamy, imprisoned for several months by the Indian authorities, died on Monday 5 July 2021 in a Catholic hospital in Mumbai at the age of 84. Widely […]

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 […]

Myanmar: “I fear there is going to be a bloodbath”

Expert talks about the motives behind the military coup The future of the democratic process in Myanmar lies in the balance. In the early hours of February 1, the military of the former Burma once again seized power by coup. The armed forces have declared a one-year state of emergency in the country in Southeast […]

Press Release: Aid to the Church in Need, Red Week 2020

A Time of Reflection in Solidarity with the Persecuted Church Montreal, Monday, November 23, 2020—Close to a hundred people signed up for the virtual Red Wednesday event in Canada, which took place on November 18. Along with the Archbishops of Montreal, Vancouver and Toronto—Msgrs. Christian Lépine, Michael J. Miller et le Cardinal Thomas Collins – […]

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 […]