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Pray? “More than ever”

Press Release – One Million Children Praying the Rosary – Tuesday, October 18, 2022 Montréal, August 1st, 2022 – Year after year, this annual activity organized by Aid to the Church in Need (ACN-AED), has become an event not to be missed. On Tuesday, October 18, children and families around the world are called to […]

Democratic Republic of the Congo – Pope Francis

Congolese people saddened by cancellation, but sympathetic to pope’s pain “Postponed, not cancelled. That’s the key word,” says Maxime François-Marsal, head of projects for the Democratic Republic of the Congo. This massive country was counting on Pope Francis to help heal the wounds of an apparently never-ending war, and to challenge political leaders to stop […]

Ukraine – “Only God can answer the question of why we are suffering in this way.”

The Ukrainian Church is concerned that international humanitarian aid is dwindling just as the savings of many refugees are running dry. Bishop Radoslaw Zmitrowicz calls on the international community to keep supporting Ukraine and says that prayer is the most important help of all. The Church in Ukraine has been struggling over the past three […]

Democratic Republic of the Congo – “The Pope is coming to tell us: ‘People of Congo, be reconciled!’” says Bishop Bodika of Kikwit

Pope Francis will be visiting the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) this year, from July 2 to 5. During a visit to the head office of international charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) in Germany, Bishop Timothée Bodika Manyisai, of Kikwit, in the southwestern part of DRC, spoke about how Catholics are […]

Ukraine: from contemplative silence to hosting and helping refugees

Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) has just approved an emergency relief package for Latin Rite female congregations involved in charity work in the Archdiocese of Lviv, such as the Benedictines of Solonka, who opened the doors of their contemplative monastery to refugees. The contemplative Benedictines of Solonka, near Lviv in Ukraine, are used […]

Bishop of Odesa: “In this war both nations are victims”

For the Roman Catholic Bishop of Odesa, Stanislav Schyrokoradiuk, one of the main reasons for the invasion of Ukraine is the way the Russian population has been misinformed: “We Ukrainians are the victims of the war; the Russian people are the victims of propaganda.” Last Tuesday, the bishop took part in an online conference at […]

Ukraine—“There is no fear anymore, only the desire to be useful.”

From the very beginning of the war, the Archdiocese of Ivano-Frankivsk, in West Ukraine, has been involved in welcoming fleeing women and children, most of whom are coming from major cities such as Kyiv, Kharkiv, Zaporizhzhia, Dnipro and Odesa. Sofia, just 14 years old, is one of these refugees. Together with her mother, she has […]

“I see a lot of trauma in people, in their eyes, their faces”

Catholic Bishop of Kharkiv to Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) Kharkiv is currently one of the Ukrainian cities most under fire. Many buildings and apartments have been damaged or even destroyed. In the first week of the war, a missile hit the bishop’s house in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Kharkiv-Zaporizhzhia. In spite […]

Lviv: “The Holy Father is present in Ukraine. He is suffering with you.”

Papal envoy visited refugees on the premises of the seminary “There is a lot of coming and going here. Thousands of refugees arrive every day,” reports Father Wladyslaw Biszko, in conversation with the international charity, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN). The priest leads a pilgrim and retreat house in Lviv, on the same […]