Senegal: 40 years of conflict in the Casamance region
News 23 Dec 2022
Senegal: 40 years of conflict in the Casamance region

On 1 January, World Day of Prayer for Peace, the bishop brings together leaders to call for an end to the conflict.

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Lebanon: With Catholic schools in “survival mode”, ACN helps keep the mission alive
News 22 Dec 2022
Lebanon: With Catholic schools in “survival mode”, ACN helps keep the mission alive

Teachers in Lebanon recognise that education is not a job, but a mission. But this mission is getting more and more difficult to achieve as the country continues in its downward spiral of economic crisis.

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Syria: “May the Lord forgive them, that is all I can say”
News 21 Dec 2022
Syria: “May the Lord forgive them, that is all I can say”

Mary, Mother of Reconciliation, is a model for Syrian Christians.

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Deep in crisis, Sri Lankans will focus on helping the poor this Christmas
News 21 Dec 2022
Deep in crisis, Sri Lankans will focus on helping the poor this Christmas

The bishops of Sri Lanka have asked the faithful to avoid lavish celebrations this Christmas, as the country faces an uphill struggle after mismanagement led to economic disaster.

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In Pakistan, healing for victims of abduction and forced marriage
News 19 Dec 2022
In Pakistan, healing for victims of abduction and forced marriage

More than 30 organizations, including the Justice and Peace Commission of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Pakistan, supported by ACN, have urged the government to assess data on incidents of forced conversion and present it to Parliament.

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Solidarity with the Christians of Lebanon and Syria
News 15 Dec 2022
Solidarity with the Christians of Lebanon and Syria

Faced with the dramatic situation in Lebanon and Syria, the international foundation Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) has launched a Christmas campaign for emergency assistance to support Christian communities in these two countries.

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In spite of everything, “it is a privilege to live in the Holy Land”
News 15 Dec 2022
In spite of everything, “it is a privilege to live in the Holy Land”

The Christians of the Holy Land are preparing to celebrate Christmas, more than 2000 years after the birth of Christ.

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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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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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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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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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