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“Syrians too poor to pay for surgery or operations,” says Aleppo bishop

During a recent visit to the headquarters of international charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), in Germany, Melkite Greek Archbishop Georges Masri, of Aleppo, described the serious crisis affecting both the population’s health and the Church’s pastoral work. The war in Syria is currently on the backburner, but the country continues to experience […]

Ukraine – Missile attacks strike close to the house of the Albertine Brothers in Zaporizhzhia

The superior general of the Congregation of the Albertine Brothers, Brother Franciszek Grzelka of Poland, recently visited his fellow brothers and brought them a delivery of relief supplies. The brothers run a soup kitchen and bakery as well as a shelter for homeless men in the southern Ukrainian city of Zaporizhzhia. During his stay, a […]

Ukraine: a call to prayer, fasting, and action

Pastoral letter of the Ukrainian Catholic bishops of Canada Montreal, Thursday, October 20, 2022 – In a pastoral letter, the Ukrainian Catholic bishops of Canada invite people to pray, fast, and act in support of their brothers and sisters in Ukraine. In the appeal, they invite parishioners to donate to several charitable organizations, including Aid […]

Ukraine – Priests should not be afraid

With the war entering its eighth month, Pontifical Charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) spoke to Vasyl Volodymyr Tuchapets, archiepiscopal exarch of Kharkiv, during his visit to the charity’s head office in Germany, about the importance of remaining with the people, how the war has affected pastoral work, and the needs in Eastern […]

Iraq – Restored church gives Christians hope and a reason to stay

With a long history of persecution, the Christians of Baghdeda (Qaraqosh) know that the bad times might return, but  believe that “a Church that is not persecuted is a Church that does not carry Christ.” It is a beautiful day in Baghdeda, and families are streaming into the church of St. Behnam and Sarah. The […]

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 […]