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Help God's Most Vulnerable in South Sudan

In the last three years, more than 50,000 have died and nearly 2.5 million people have been forced from their homes in this, the world’s youngest country.  The faithful have suffered through decades of a brutal civil war and today continue to live the horrors of bloodshed, abduction and assaults on women and girls.

With your support, Aid to the Church in Need is helping, in particular, the youngest victims of violence by funding Church programs that provide for  basic needs, shelter, and a healing environment where children can be children -- like the House of Hope, started by The Missionaries of the Divine Word in the Parish of Lainya, where youth can play, learn to work as a team and do their homework.

Any amount will aid God’s most vulnerable in their daily struggle to survive. Thank you.

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Lent of Tears -
by Archbishop Samir Nassar
Maronite Bishop of Damascus, Syria

Dear Friend,

In six years of war the face of Syria has been completely transformed …

A large wasteland of ruins, pulverized buildings, burned out homes, neighborhoods turned into ghost towns, villages razed to the ground … and more than 12 million Syrians (half the population) don’t have roofs over their heads …

More than 3 million children are not able to go to school; priority is given to their physical survival.  How can we restore the spirits of these children damaged by violence and scenes of barbarism?

There is an ongoing search for brothers, for parents and friends who have disappeared—a search conducted with a great deal of discretion, worry and hope.

Syrians are no longer looking for freedom. They are waging a daily battle to find bread, water, gas, fuel that gets rarer by the day. Electrical black outs, frequent and long-lasting, are darkening our evenings.

This bitter Lent of 2017 present us with a time in the desert, to reconsider the Church’s engagement amidst our suffering faithful in order to better guide them toward the Resurrected Christ, Light of the world, Savior of men, who tells them: “Come to me, all you are weary and burdened” (Mt. 11:28).

Would you consider a gift this Lent to the people of Syria, bringing them hope in the midst of such despair?  God bless you.

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Christians Under Siege

In Syria, the absurdity, cruelty of war continue
"I understand nothing of this conflict. Nothing."

Despite drop in violence, Syria continues to suffer
"I wish one day for the resurrection of Syria, Iraq and the Middle East."

A Lent of tears
"How can Syria escape from this torture?"

A 'Marshall Plan' for Iraq: rebuilding Christian villages on the Nineveh plains
"ACN has to support these people in this decisive and historical moment for Christians in Iraq."

Projects in Need

Provide Housing for Sick, Frail and Elderly Religious Sisters in Slovakia
The congregation wants to build additional rooms where frail and elderly Sisters can be cared for properly, and ACN wants to help. Will you support housing for these Sisters in Slovakia who endured such repression in the communist era?

Mass Stipends for Priests Teaching at a Seminary in Ecuador
Archbishop Voltolino Esti has turned to ACN, asking us to help him by providing Mass stipends for the priests responsible for providing formation at the seminary. Otherwise these priests have no other source of financial support. Can you help?

Support the Training of 26 Seminarians in Belarus
Will you help today with a donation so that these seminarians can continue with their training? They will gratefully remember you in their prayers.

Provide Housing to Accommodate Frail and Elderly Carmelite Sisters in the Philippines
The Sisters live an enclosed, contemplative life in a spirit of poverty and have few resources, so they have turned to ACN for help. Are you able to help today with a donation?

Church Around the World

Haiti: Church is keeper of 'soul and hope of the nation'
"These young men represent hope. Their enthusiasm and their love for the Church are a light in the darkness."

In India's Odisha State, 'there is still fear in the heart of Christians'
"Hindu fundamentalists try to impose the very dangerous idea that to be a true Indian you have to be a Hindu."

In Czech Republic, a pillar of the persecuted Church
"During the persecution, there was no literature, no funds. One could only choose and look for God. For me, this was a great mercy."

Aid to the Church in Need focuses on Africa with Lent & Easter campaign
Boosting Church's pastoral strength, fighting Islamist extremism

Prayer Chapel Projects in Need Mass Offerings
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