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Increasing Danger for Pastoral Workers around the World

The pontifical charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) is increasingly concerned about the danger to priests, religious and lay missionaries in many parts of the world. So far in 2021, the media have reported that at least 17 people have been murdered and 20 have been abducted. “Being a priest or religious does […]

Afghanistan: ACN Sees a Dark Future for Religious Freedom

On August 19, marking the 102nd anniversary of the country’s independence from British rule, Zabihullah Mujahid, spokesman for the Taliban, declared Afghanistan to be the “Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan” in his official Twitter account. Thomas Heine-Geldern, Executive President of the pontifical charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), expresses profound concerns about the seizure […]

ACN International: Severe Violations of Religious Freedom in One in Every Three Countries

In its 15th Report on Religious Freedom in the World, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) warns of severe threats to this fundamental right worldwide. Rome/Königstein, April 20, 2021 — The Religious Freedom in the World Report (RFR) 2021, produced by international Catholic pontifical charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), notes that […]

Syria: ACN International Calls on Community of States to Facilitate Humanitarian Aid

With ten years of conflict already in Syria ACN President Heine-Geldern sees an urgent need for action, particularly in the area of money transfers for emergency aid. Ten years after the conflict in Syria began, the international Catholic pastoral charity ACN International has called on the United States and the European Union to facilitate the […]

Overview 2020: Many Dark Shadows; A Few Glimmers of Light

Aid to the Church in Need takes stock of the situation of Christians around the world during 2020 Coronavirus, terrorism and war – and once again a growing level of persecution. The year 2020 has been a difficult one for many Christians around the world. At the end of the year, Thomas Heine-Geldern, the executive […]

Covid-19 pandemic – Letter from the international president of ACN

Königstein, Germany, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International Headquarters  Le 18 mars 2020   Dear Friends, On Ash Wednesday this year, as we were all preparing to begin the Lenten season, none of us could have imagined that this time of penance would become such a challenging one for us. In a very […]

ACN News – Aid to the Church in Need International receives Path to Peace Award

United Nations-New York     Aid to the Church in Need, ‘leading organization’ in the world and ‘voice’ for persecuted Christians   Archbishop Bernardito Auza, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations and president of the Path to Peace Foundation, has praised Aid to the Church in Need (ACN)—the recipient of the […]