ACN Interview – Father Halemba on Syria

Syria “We are never safe” Father Andrzej Halemba, Head of the Middle East Projects Department of the international Catholic Charity Aid to the Church in Need recently returned from a trip to war-torn Syria. In this interview with journalists from within the organization, he speaks about the current situation.   What does the situation look […]

Holy Land – “We need aid more than ever”

Oliver Maksan, AED International Adapted by Amanda Bridget Griffin At the request of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, the international Catholic pastoral charity “Aid to the Church in Need” (ACN) will give support to victims of the Gaza war. According to the Patriarchate, the most urgent tasks include emergency medical aid for war victims who […]

Nigeria – More outside help to defeat Boko Haram

Archbishop Kaigama: International community must do more to help defeat Boko Haram Reinhard Backes, ACN International Adapted by Robert Lalonde The international community should stop posturing and start providing practical support in the struggle against extremist violence in Nigeria – according to one of the country’s most senior Church leaders, whose city was rocked by […]

Press Release – Ukraine

Your ‘solidarity is very dear to us’ Archbishop’s message of hope and faith at time of huge change by John Pontifex, ACN United Kingdom Adapted by ACN Canada Montreal, February 25, 2014. An urgent appeal for prayer has come from one of Ukraine’s most senior Catholic bishops as momentous political change sweeps the country. Archbishop […]


While parents here run to buy Christmas presents for their children, parents over there, in far too many countries, run under threat to protect their children from danger. The arrival of Christmas is good news! – So the hymns tell us – news which bears the promise of peace and of love.  However, Christmas has […]

A Letter From Iraq to Christians in the West

Chaldean Catholic Archbishop Amel Shamon Nona of Mosul heads the Diocese of Mosul, Iraq. His letter was made available Oct. 29, 2013, to Aid to the Church in Need, an international Catholic charity under the guidance of the Holy See, providing assistance to the suffering and persecuted Church in more than 140 countries. (Zenit.org) | How […]

PRESS RELEASE: Syria – Death and destruction in a Christian town

Suffering in Sadad: Bodies of family discovered in a well By John Pontifex, ACN United-Kingdom Adaptation, Robert Lalonde, ACN Canada Montreal, November 5th, 2013 – Horrific details are emerging of atrocities carried out in a Christian town in Syria, where 1,500 families were held hostage and 45 were killed, including two teenage boys, their mother […]

Press relerase – Central African Republic – Italian missionary is threatened and beaten

By Eva-Maria Kolmann, ACN International Adapted by Robert Lalonde, ACN Canada Montreal, September 17th, 2013 – Yesterday, the Italian Carmelite priest Aurelio Gazzera was threatened with a pistol and struck in the face by members of the Séléka rebel alliance, the missionary reports to the international Catholic pastoral charity Aid to the Church in Need […]

Satellite TV, not social media, was the driving force behind the Arab Spring

Interview with Kurt Johansen, Executive Director of SAT-7, Christian satellite TV for the Middle East Maria Lozano, ACN International Adapted by Robert Lalonde, ACN Canada How long have you been involved with SAT-7? SAT-7 is 17 years old now; we are still a teenager. We grew out of this awareness that this was the first […]

Press release: Syria – “Military intervention by the West would be disastrous”

Adapted by Robert Lalonde, ACN Canada Military intervention by the West against the Assad regime in Syria would be disastrous, according to the head of the country’s Melkite Greek Catholic Church, who says nobody can be sure who was responsible for last week’s chemical weapons attack. Speaking from Lebanon following a pastoral mission to the […]