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France: The Night of Witnesses 2022 – Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) presents three testimonies of persecuted Christians

Thousands of people physically or virtually attended The Night of Witnesses (La Nuit des Témoins), a series of events under this name organized by the pontifical international charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) from January 22 to 28, 2022, throughout France. During these vigils, the portraits of 13 martyrs murdered for their faith in 2021 […]

Project of the Week: Restoring a Chapel and a Community in Sri Lanka

Help to renovate and enlarge a chapel for tea plantation workers The parish of Maliboda Daraniyagala includes 53 Catholic families who work as day labourers on the tea plantations of the region. Like their mainly Hindu fellow plantation workers, they are originally from India. The Catholic Church is caring for the welfare of the plantation […]

ACN News – Christians still in a state of shock in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Christians still in a state of shock by Matthias Böhnke, for ACN International Adapted by Amanda Bridget Griffin for ACN Canada Published on the web June 27, 2019 “The attacks have reminded many people of the time when a state of emergency was declared during the civil war. The general public and especially […]

ACN Feature Report: Christians as victims of global developments

WORLD 2019 – One of the bloodiest years for Christians thus far  The papal charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) has voiced concern in the face of increasing attacks on Christians all over the world. “As the brutal bombings perpetrated against churches and hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday show, 2019 is […]

Sri Lanka faces “a crime against humanity”

Sri Lanka Easter morning suicide bombings of churches, hotels in Sri Lanka are a “crime against humanity,” Said Bishop Chilaw to pontifical charity Aid to the Church in Need. Suicide bombers hit three churches and hotels in coordinated, near simultaneous, attacks Easter morning that left 290 people dead, while wounding an estimated 500 more. Text by […]

ACN Project of the Week: Sri Lanka

  Sri Lanka Help for the reconstruction following a civil war The Sisters of the Apostolic Carmel have been present in Sri Lanka since 1959. Their congregation, founded in India in 1868, principally to provide young girls with an education, but also with an intention of making Christ the very centre of their lives. The […]

Project of the Week in Sri Lanka

  Sri Lanka   Solar panels to help love radiate!   The diocese of Badulla lies in one of the poorest and most neglected regions on the island of Sri Lanka. Therefore the Church here is also very poor and, 45 years since it was first established, the diocese remains almost entirely dependent on outside […]

ACN News – Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka’s difficult road to reconciliation By Reinhard Backes, ACN International Adapted by Amanda Bridget Griffin, ACN Canada The wounds have not healed. Only a few years have passed since civil war devastated Sri Lanka ending in May of 2009. Over 100,000 people are estimated to have died, most in the final months of the […]

Sri Lanka 10 years after the Tsunami – ACN helps to rebuild the Church in the country

On December 26th, 2004, a powerful tsunami, caused by an earthquake off the north coast of Indonesia devastated Sri Lanka killing over 30 thousand people and displacing close to 1.5 million inhabitants of this island nation. This year, will mark the 10th anniversary of the disaster. This short film we are inviting you to watch, produced by CRTN (Catholic Radio and […]