‘Courageous and faithful’ to the end - ACN mourns the sad demise of Bishop Ballin

ACN tribute to brave Bishop who ministered in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait and Bahrain 

A BISHOP, who died on Easter Sunday after a lifetime of ministry in some of the most difficult places in which to be a Christian, has been praised for his “courageous and dynamic apostolate in the heart of Islam”.

Comboni Missionary Bishop Camillo Ballin, who died aged 75 after on a long illness on 12th April, ministered across the Middle East before being appointed the first-ever Apostolic Vicar of the Northern Arabia, covering Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

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Baharain, December 2012. Bishop Camillo Ballin, M.C.C.I., the Vicar Apostolic of Northern Arabia and Titular Bishop of Arna.
Photographer: Lucia Wicki-Rensch
Copyright: Aid to the Church in Need.

Prayer action asking contemplative monasteries to join us in a “bell of prayers” during Coronavirus Pandemic
Aid to the Church in Need International has started a special prayer action asking contemplative monasteries to join us in a “bell of prayers” to comfort and encourage ACN benefactors their, families, partners and loved ones affected by the coronavirus pandemic.


Morocco, At the convent of the Holy Family and Saint Therese of the contemplative Carmelite Sisters in Tanger:
Sister Maria Isabel de la Santisima Trinidad (Mother Superior of the monastery) and Sister Maria Vi. Copyright Aid to the Church in Need.

NIGER: Father Walter Maccalli expresses his “surprise” and “joy” for the video showing his brother, Father Pier Luigi Maccalli, who was abducted in Niger in 2018

08.04.2020 - Written by Paolo Aido.

“It’s great news, and we are delighted and hopeful that everything may turn out well”, he said, in a brief recorded statement sent to the Portuguese office of the international Catholic pastoral charity and pontifical foundation ACN, after news came through of a recent video showing his brother, who was abducted in September 2018 in the parish of Bomoanga, in Niger, close to the frontier with Burkina Faso.

Aid to the Church in Need International commits $8.5M to support priests and nuns serving communities most vulnerable to COVID-19

To help mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), the international pontifical charity serving the persecuted and suffering Church around the world, is providing AUD $8.5M in emergency funding to priests and nuns caring for the most vulnerable communities around the world.

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Philippines 2020: ACN Philippines President Archbishop Socrates Villegas gives Palm Sunday blessing amidst COVID-19.
Photographer: Sabino Mejia
Copyright: Aid to the Church in Need

Dear friends, 

The COVID-19 pandemic is continuing to have a devastating affect on the Church in Need who have been made even more vulnerable by the virus and the restrictions that have had to be put in place as a result. Here are three messages speaking about the situation of the priests in poor diocese around the world. Poor priests and their Bishops are asking for Mass stipends to ensure they can continue their ministry.

A letter from the Diocese of Tenkodogo, BURKINA FASO

ENGLISH TRANSLATION: “We thought it would be necessary to ask you if it would be possible to obtain Mass stipends. As you know everywhere, masses are suspended, which means that Christians no longer ask for Masses while the priests live on stipends. Currently, in the parishes of the diocese Christians no longer ask for Masses since Christians are confined to their homes to prevent the spread of the disease. We are trying with the cathedral parish to broadcast Sunday Mass but despite our advertisements to ask Christians to ask for masses, the people are not responding. Without forgetting that the diocese does not have a radio station and retransmissions on local radios are expensive.” 

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