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Pope thanks boys and girls who will participate in Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) prayer campaign

One Million Children Praying the Rosary will take place tomorrow, October 18th. Francis asks that participants especially remember Ukraine, and all other countries where people suffer from war and misery. In Canada, a virtual event will be hold at 7pm (see the details down this page). Pope Francis, after the traditional Angelus prayer yesterday, called […]

Ukraine – Priests lose house to bombing in the Rudky shrine

ACN is supporting the reconstruction of the priests’ residence, destroyed during the war Although most of the fighting is taking place in Eastern Ukraine, Russian forces have continued to attack the west of the country. Many people, including the priests who oversee the Shrine of our Lady of Rudky, some 50 kilometres outside of Lviv, […]

Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) calls on contemplative religious everywhere to join prayer day for peace in Ukraine

Messages of solidarity for Ukraine come from all over the world  Many orders, representing hundreds of male and female religious, have already sent messages of support to ACN, assuring it of their prayers and unity with Pope Francis’ request. The most touching words come from those who have lived through the horrors of war themselves.   […]

Project of the Week: A Parish Sound-System to better hear the Good News in Ukraine!

A new sound system is needed for the reconstructed parish of Saint Stanislaus in Balta There are some 80 Catholics who attend the Latin-rite Catholic parish of Saint Stanislaus, including many children. This beautiful parish church, part of the diocese of Odessa and Simferopol, was consecrated over 250 years ago.  Sadly, the original structure was […]

Project of the Week – Support for Catechists in Ukraine

Support for a course in the biblical apostolate for catechists The most recent papal letter Antiquum Ministerium , in which Pope Francis establishes the  Ministry of Catechist, with its own liturgical responsibilities, was a source of great joy for ACN. Why?  Because ACN is already supporting the work of catechists in many countries all around the […]

Project of the Week—Supporting Ecumenical Youth Meetings in Ukraine

Support and technical equipment for the annual ecumenical youth meetings run by the Franciscans at the Marian shrine of Bilshivtsi Even before the pandemic, Ukraine faced numerous grave challenges. 70 years of communism have left a profound mark on society and aggravated today by corruption, economic crisis, lack of opportunity and a war in the […]

ACN Information Covid-19: a Missed Opportunity for Peace

Over two months ago, the UN issued an appeal for a worldwide ceasefire in the hope that people would instead concentrate on the battle against Covid-19. Six days later, the Pope also echoed this appeal. Now ACN has contacted Church leaders on the ground in the various conflict regions in order to find out what […]

COVID-19: Religious on the front lines in Ukraine

COVID-19 –UKRAINE  Sisters on the front lines By Maria Lozano, ACN International Adapted by Amanda Bridget Griffin, ACN Canada Published on the web April 17, 2020 The Coronavirus has reached Eastern Europe. For Ukraine, the spread of this disease could have devastating consequences. Already, even before the arrival of COVID-19, with an  ongoing civil war […]

ACN Project of the Week – Supporting Sisters in Ukraine

Ukraine Subsistence support for 35 Sisters in Ukraine The 35 religious Sisters of the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy (diocese) of Kiev belong to 6 different religious communities and are involved in a wide range of different activities, performing outstanding works of service.   They prepare children for their First Holy Communion and First Confession, they lead […]