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Nun murdered in attack in DR Congo. “The terror continues”, says missionary priest

A terrorist attack in Eastern DR Congo left two people dead and a hospital destroyed in the village of Maboya. Sister Marie-Sylvie Kavuke Vakatsuraki, of the Little Sisters of the Presentation of Our Lady in the Temple, from Butembo, was one of the victims of an attack that took place last Wednesday, October 19. Responsibility […]

Terrorism in Mozambique – Church wants to be part of the solution, says bishop

In the wake of the murder of an Italian nun, the bishop of Pemba, where the Islamist insurgency began, says that poverty and corruption are at the root of the problem. (Cover photo: Internally Displaced People in the north of Mozambique). In an interview with Pontifical Charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), which […]

Burkina Faso: Islamic terrorism has become commonplace

Following the murder of over 20 people in an attack in Bourasso in the northwest of Burkina Faso, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) is calling attention to a severe deterioration of the situation in the Diocese of Fada N’Gourma over the past six months. At present, only around 5% of the villages receive […]

Mozambique in Crisis – Mozambique Campaign 2022

Press Release – Montreal, April 21, 2022 – For nearly two months, the war in Ukraine has been in the media spotlight. A critical concern, but one that runs the risk of overshadowing the distress experienced elsewhere in the world. “The global shock of the Russian army’s invasion of Ukraine has affected us all deeply,” […]

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: Practical Help for Refugees in Burkina Faso

ACN Success Story: Radios, solar lamps and memory sticks with recorded lessons for 800 refugee families Life in northern and eastern Burkina Faso has been virtually paralyzed by terrorism and the resulting critical security situation. The threat of Islamist terrorism is on the increase, with jihadists wanting to establish an Islamic caliphate in the region. […]

Nigeria—Christmas Eve Attacks on Churches

A Christmas Eve attack by Boko Haram—left at least 11 dead and two church buildings razed to the ground. This has prompted a Nigerian bishop to issue a rallying cry, insisting Islamist violence is doomed to failure. In an interview with Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), Bishop Oliver Dashe Doeme of […]

Burkina Faso: First Holy Communion, Between Terrorism and COVID-19

Communicants talk to ACN about their faith in Jesus Their faces radiant with joy, children dressed in their white robes dance and sing, clap their hands and pray to God. In Kaya, a provincial capital in Burkina Faso, nothing can overshadow the joy of celebrating the First Holy Communion. For a brief moment, the children […]

ACN Interview: Attacks on Christians becoming more frequent in Nigeria

ACN Interview: Attacks on Christians becoming more frequent in Nigeria Nigeria An ACN Interview in the German magazine F1rstlife –  Attacks on Christians becoming more frequent in Nigeria Published on-line June 14, 2019 The turmoil continues in Nigeria. Reports of the defeat of the terrorist group “Boko Haram” contradict what Father John Bakeni experiences every day. […]