SYRIA: “We place it in God’s hands”
News 08 Dec 2022
SYRIA: “We place it in God’s hands”

Christians fear imminent Turkish ground incursion.

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Lebanon: “People in Tyre were always poor, but now they are below zero”
News 07 Dec 2022
Lebanon: “People in Tyre were always poor, but now they are below zero”

One of the many projects ACN funds in Lebanon.

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The Immaculate Heart of Mary and the suffering people of Lebanon
News 06 Dec 2022
The Immaculate Heart of Mary and the suffering people of Lebanon

Meditation by Sr Noha from the Borj-Hammoud Nabaa clinic in Lebanon.

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Greek Catholic Church in Donetsk concerned about possible torture of imprisoned priests
Ukraine News 02 Dec 2022
Greek Catholic Church in Donetsk concerned about possible torture of imprisoned priests

“Accusing priests of sabotage and espionage brings back memories of the worst times of totalitarian regimes”, says ACN executive president Heine-Geldern.

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Ukraine: “People are afraid of the winter”  Russian attacks and winter set to cause a massive energy crisis
Ukraine News 02 Dec 2022
Ukraine: “People are afraid of the winter” Russian attacks and winter set to cause a massive energy crisis

The people will find it very difficult to survive during the winter with no energy to heat themselves in -20º temperatures. ACN has approved aid packages to counter the energy crisis.

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Lebanon: “Catholic Schools are the right hand of the Church, but we desperately need your help”
News 30 Nov 2022
Lebanon: “Catholic Schools are the right hand of the Church, but we desperately need your help”

Father Youssef Nasr (President of the Secretariat for Catholic schools in Lebanon) recently spoke with ACN about the challenges facing the schools as the country’s severe economic crisis persists.

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Two catholic priests arrested by Russian militia in Donetsk
Media releases, Ukraine News 29 Nov 2022
Two catholic priests arrested by Russian militia in Donetsk

With deep dismay, the pontifical foundation ACN has learned of the detention of two priests who were carrying out their ministry since February 2022 in the Russian-occupied port city of Berdiansk, in south-eastern Ukraine.

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Archbishop Balvo, Apostolic Nuncio to Australia, supports Red Wednesday
News 25 Nov 2022
Archbishop Balvo, Apostolic Nuncio to Australia, supports Red Wednesday

The Apostolic Nuncio to Australia, Archbishop Charles Balvo, has sent a message of support for the Red Wednesday initiative, organised by Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) to call attention to victims of religious persecution.

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Christian students in Lebanon under pressure to leave: “We feel our country doesn’t want us”
News 25 Nov 2022
Christian students in Lebanon under pressure to leave: “We feel our country doesn’t want us”

For many Lebanese Christian students, the University Pastoral service is a lifeline that keeps them in the country, when everything around them seems to give them reasons to give up.

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RELIGIOUS FREEDOM: Night of the Witnesses honours Christianity’s modern-day martyrs
News 25 Nov 2022
RELIGIOUS FREEDOM: Night of the Witnesses honours Christianity’s modern-day martyrs

Australia’s capital has joined a select list of cities that have hosted Night of the Witnesses, an Aid to the Church in Need initiative that honours Christianity’s modern-day martyrs and those persecuted because of their faith.

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Report shows persecution of Christians is getting worse
Media releases 18 Nov 2022
Report shows persecution of Christians is getting worse

Jihadists and nationalists are driving increased persecution of Christians around the world – according to a report unveiled.

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Congolese bishops warn that country could break up
News 17 Nov 2022
Congolese bishops warn that country could break up

Growing insecurity risks dividing the country, say the Church leaders, pointing to multiple regions where violence has flared and also taking aim at multinational corporations that pillage natural resources.

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Boko Haram did “the unthinkable” to her, but Janada refused to be defeated
News 16 Nov 2022
Boko Haram did “the unthinkable” to her, but Janada refused to be defeated

The terrorist organisation took her father’s life and tried to crush her soul, but with the help of ACN through a Trauma Center in Maiduguri she is back on her feet and even found the strength to forgive those who caused her so much pain.

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Young Christians from all over Syria hopeful for the future: “I want to stay in my country!”
News 16 Nov 2022
Young Christians from all over Syria hopeful for the future: “I want to stay in my country!”

Before the war, Syria had a vibrant and stable Christian community, but 12 years of conflict and economic crisis forced many to flee.

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“The Pope’s visit will be a source of joy in a country where children still suffer from hunger”
News 16 Nov 2022
“The Pope’s visit will be a source of joy in a country where children still suffer from hunger”

The announcement that the Holy Father is considering a visit to South Sudan, to take place in February next year, was received “with much joy” by the local Catholic community, says sister Beta Almendra, a missionary in Wau.

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Terrorism gains ground in Burkina Faso as Jihadists set their sights on priests and religious
News 16 Nov 2022
Terrorism gains ground in Burkina Faso as Jihadists set their sights on priests and religious

Several weeks after the second military coup took place in Ouagadougou on 30 September, the people continue to be sceptical about the country’s future, particularly with respect to Christians, a group that is greatly at risk.

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“Syrians too poor to pay for surgery or operations”, says Aleppo bishop
News 07 Nov 2022
“Syrians too poor to pay for surgery or operations”, says Aleppo bishop

During a recent visit to the headquarters of ACN, in Germany, Melkite Archbishop Georges Masri, of Aleppo, described the serious crisis that is affecting both the population’s health and the Church’s pastoral work.

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Ukraine: Missile attacks strike close to the house of the Albertine Brothers in Zaporizhzhia
News, Ukraine News 04 Nov 2022
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.

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