Ukraine-Two catholic priests arrested by the Russian militia in Donetsk

With deep dismay, the pontifical charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) has learned of the detention of two priests who were carrying out their ministry in the since February 2022 Russian-occupied port city of Berdiansk, in south-eastern Ukraine. The Redemptorist priests arrested by the Russian militia have been providing pastoral care to both […]

Project of the Week: Success Story in Russia’s Arctic

Mass Offerings for 43 priests in the diocese of Saint Joseph, Irkutsk, Russia With an area of 10 million km², the diocese of Saint Joseph in Irkutsk is larger than the entire country of Canada (9,985 million km²). Bordering on China, the Pacific Ocean and Alaska, it stretches across seven different time zones. Scattered across this vast area […]

ACN Project of the Week: Ecumenical Joint Support Program for Disadvantaged Women in Russia

Support for a centre working with victims of domestic violence For almost 30 years now, in accordance with the heartfelt wish of Pope Saint John Paul II, ACN has been helping to promote fraternal dialogue between the Catholic Church and the Russian Orthodox Church. The historic meeting between Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill of Moscow in […]

Project of the Week: Renovations in Russia

Both Catholic and Orthodox churches in Russia through dialogue have discovered one common preoccupation. The desire to help suffering addicts. One man, Fr. Sergij Belkov, has developed a tried and true method in Sapjornoe that many others are adopting. His success rate with addicts is so great that extensions are now needed on the Orthodox rehabilitation centre to house all those in need, programs and much more. ACN has been supporting this excellent initiative right from the start. Read more about it in our Project of the Week.

Project of the Week—Russia

Support for the life and ministry of the 56 religious Sisters With a total area spanning almost 10 million km² the diocese of Saint Joseph, based in Irkutsk, East Siberia, is larger than the entirety of the United States. Scattered across this vast area are no more than approximately 52,000 Catholics, ministered to by a mere […]

ACN Feature Story: Sisters in Russia Stand By marginalized during COVID-19

Novosibirsk Russia  “Sister, come back soon.” Religious Sisters in Russia at the side of the marginalized due to COVID-19 by Kira von Bock-Iwaniuk, ACN International Projects Department Adapted by Amanda Bridget Griffin, ACN Canada Published on the web, July 10, 2020   Very few have fallen ill, but all who live in the million-strong West […]

Project of the Week in Russia – Beekeeping for to help with the rehabilitation of addicts

Russia Beekeeping, a harbinger of hope for the rehabilitation of addicts   Before his ordination as a priest, Father Sergij was a police commissioner with the homicide squad, for many years, witnessing daily to the evils that enslave people and make them capable of such terrible deeds. His experience taught him that every crime starts […]

Project of the Week: Help for the consecrated people in Siberia

  Russia /Siberia Support for the life and ministry of 63 religious sisters in the diocese of Saint Joseph   The diocese of Saint Joseph in Irkutsk, in eastern Siberia, is geographically speaking the largest diocese in the world. With an area of almost 10 million km² it is actually larger than the United States! […]

Project of the Week – Russia

Russia Ecumenical support for Orthodox seminarians   There are 183 young men at the Russian Orthodox seminary in Stavropol currently training for the priesthood. Aid to the Church in Need has for many years now maintained close contact  with this seminary and here too, as in many other places, there are close and friendly relations […]

Journey with ACN – Russia

© Aid to the Church in Need JOURNEY WITH ACN is  our weekly newsletter regularly posted to our blog and designed to acquaint you with the needs of the Catholic Church around the world – and various projects we have helped to bring into being together with ACN benefactors. This week:   Russia Extension built for an addiction rehabilitation […]