Haïti – Kidnapping of Father Whatner Aupont Highlights Haitian Crisis

According to Msgr. Launay Saturné, Archbishop of Cap-Haïtien, a wave of riots and kidnappings is causing a breakdown of national life in Haiti. On Thursday, April 28, a group of heavily armed bandits kidnapped several people, including Father Whatner Aupont, priest of St. Joseph the Worker’s church at Grande Ravine in the Diocese of Anse-à-Veau […]

South Sudan – “We must get back on our feet and give hope to the people.”

On March 25, in the Cathedral of Rumbek, South Sudan, Italian missionary Christian Carlassare was ordained bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Rumbek—a position that had been vacant for 10 years. In an interview with international charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) prior to this momentous occasion, the bishop described the attack he […]

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 […]

Sanctions – Syria’s New Calvary

A leading archbishop has hit out at international sanctions on Syria which are crippling the country and plunging those who survived the civil war into dire poverty. In a message seen by Catholic Charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), Maronite Archbishop Samir Nassar of Damascus said that the economic crisis in Syria had […]

Project of the Week: Support for the youth apostolate in Pakistan

Project of the Week:  Pakistan A spiritual breath for a youth apostolate in Faisalabad Published on line February 27, 2020 Roughly half of the 207 million people who make up the population of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan are under the age of  25, and one third of these are actually aged 14 or younger. […]

ACN Feature: Stopping India becoming a confessional state

India The battle to stop the country becoming a confessional state by Doreen Abi Raad, for ACN International Adapted by ACN Canada Published on the web February 7, 2020   Millions of demonstrators all over India have been protesting the country’s controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), which essentially fast-tracks citizenship for non-Muslim refugees. Critics charge that […]

ACN Project of the Week – Supporting training in the Amazon region of Brazil

Brazil Training of 27 seminarians in the Amazon region  Posted to the web February 6, 2020   Currently there are 27 young men from the diocese of Rio Branco in western Brazil training to serve God and their fellow men in the Catholic priesthood. The life that awaits them as priests will be a far […]

ACN NEWS – the murder of Nigerian seminarian Michael Nnadi

  Nigeria ACN expresses great sadness at the murder of Nigerian seminarian Michael Nnadi Published on the web February 5, 2020   Great sadness and dismay was expressed by the international Catholic pastoral charity and pontifical charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN International) at the murder of the 18-year-old Nigerian seminarian, Michael Nnadi […]

ACN Project of the Week – Transportation aid in Belarus

Belarus A car for the Dominican Sisters in Baranovichi   Back in 1992, almost immediately after the collapse of the Soviet Union, three Dominican Sisters from Poland came to Belarus and began their apostolate in the town of Baranovichi. Evidently, their example was a powerful and attractive one, for the order grew and today has […]

ACN Feature Story: Religious Sister and sexual assault survivor rebounds to ‘bring her people hope’

India Religious Sister and sexual assault survivor rebounds to ‘bring her people hope’ by Anto Akkara, ACN International Adapted by Amanda Bridget Griffin for ACN Canada Posted to the web January 15, 2020   In August 2008, the Odisha state’s Kandhamal district witnessed the worst eruption of Christian persecution in modern Indian history. It was […]