ACN Australia

Together we can keep the faith alive

Aid to the Church in Need exists to support suffering, oppressed and persecuted Christians

In fact, we are the only international Catholic charity dedicated to this mission.

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Our Project Areas

Our Story

Everyone knows that the Catholic Church provides for those in need. Indeed, the Catholic Church is the largest charitable organisation in the world. What many do not know, is that the Catholic people themselves are often in need of urgent help, especially in nations affected by displacement or catastrophe. Further, more than 200 million Christians cannot freely exercise their faith; they suffer persecution and oppression for their love of Christ.

Their needs not only include the physical, known as the corporal works of mercy - food, water, shelter, clothing - but, of more eternal consequence, they hunger and thirst for the spiritual works of mercy - provision for prayer, formation, worship and the sacraments. This latter category forms the unique mission of Aid to the Church in Need; we are a spiritual and pastoral foundation bringing the light of the Catholic faith into those places where it is at greatest risk of extinction.

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"Whereas most of the other charities have come into being in response to hunger, disease, poverty, illiteracy and natural disasters, our concern is directed above all at the spiritual and religious need into which countless people are plunged. Our help is ultimately aimed at the salvation of immortal souls. That is why we are a pastoral organisation"

Fr Werenfried van Straaten
Founder, Aid to the Church in Need

In 2023 we supported

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5,573 Projects
in 138 countries
with $234 Million AUD