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Red Wednesday in Canada

Growing participationThe release of the report Persecuted and Forgotten? 2020-22 shows the rise of persecution against Christians Montreal, Thursday, November 25, 2022—“More and more parishes, cathedrals, schools and groups are participating to the Red Wednesday in Canada, which is excellent news,” says Marie-Claude Lalonde, National Director of Aid to the Church in Need Canada. “And […]

Persecution of Christians on the rise

London-Königstein-Montreal, Wednesday, November 22, 2022 – According to a report unveiled on November 16 in Britain, of which an abridged version will be made available in Canada in both official languages next week, Jihadists and nationalists are at the root of increased persecution of Christians around the world. Catholic charity Aid to the Church in […]

Mozambique – Terrorists slit the throats of three Christians

A leading bishop in Mozambique has revealed that extremists disguised in military uniform gathered a crowd of people together, before separating the Christians and slitting their throats one by one. Speaking to Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), Bishop Alberto Vera Aréjula of Nacala revealed the details of the gruesome attack which […]

Aid to the Church in Need requests prayers for Nicaragua

“We are witnessing an attempt to silence the Church in Nicaragua.” International Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) wishes to express its solidarity, friendship and communion in the face of the sad and painful situation suffered by the clergy and the whole Church in Nicaragua. The international pontifical charity recalls the message […]

From Nigeria and Pakistan, two voices cry out for justice and religious freedom

A Nigerian bishop in mourning travelled to the United States crying out for justice for his country’s persecuted Christians. Bishop Jude Ayodeji Arogundade, of Ondo, is still overwhelmed by the fallout of the deadly attack in his diocese on Pentecost Sunday, June 5, when attackers killed 41 worshippers during Mass at St. Francis Xavier Church. […]

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 […]