A Catholic charity serving our suffering and persecuted brothers and sisters around the world since 1947

Another year begins, But the needs are much the same

Last year saw historic challenges and struggles for the entire world. Over 1.7 million deaths due to COVID, and millions more affected in countless other ways because of the virus.

For our persecuted and suffering faithful, COVID only compounded the existing dire circumstances they were already living in.

Particularly n countries like Lebanon, Syria, Mozambique, Iraq, Nigeria, and Pakistan, 2020 saw Christians suffering at alarming rates. Our donors reached out and aided faithful in harm’s way.Your generosity was a blessing, especially while going through your own troubles.

But while the year ended, the needs unfortunately do not.

Thank you for allowing us to use your gift for wherever the need is greatest – and that need is great in so many regions and for so many of God’s vulnerable right now.

May this New Year bring hope, health and happiness to you and your loved ones.

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Regina Lynch

Ethiopia is living a nightmare

“Hundreds of citizens are being killed in the conflicts in the Tigray region. Nobody knows for sure the number of dead, but we have been told that there are priests and church leaders among them. Shops, schools, churches and convents have been robbed and destroyed.”

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Ramses Boulos Hermina

In Egypt, Christmas season saw violent attacks on Christians

“I fear for him getting sick or catching the coronavirus, as he suffers from dyspnea and does not have suitable clothes for winter, wearing only light prison clothes,”

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Tigray region

Ethiopia: Surge in violence leads to up to 1,000 deaths

“The people hiding in the church were brought out and shot in the square.”

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Gerard Ouambou

The Central African Republic is at the mercy of looters and mercenaries

“In the battle at a geopolitical level the ordinary people of the country are no more than pawns in a game of chess.”

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St John the Merciful Table

Lebanon: Church will not abandon refugees and the needy

Since 2019, the aid supplied by ACN for various projects in support of the refugees in Zahle has come to a total of $4.4M. A considerable part of this aid includes paying rent and providing some accommodation for people like the Rief family.

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Azroo Raja

Pakistani Catholic family fights against forced conversion of their daughter

“That same night the investigating officer told me that she had accepted Islam. I was shaken to the core.”   

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Message of Hope from Sister Annie in Syria
SYRIA / ALEP-CLD 15/00055
Christmas gift for the children and the people in Al Hassekeh and Aleppo, Christmas 2013: Sister Annie with two boys receiving a Christmas gift
Words of Gratitude and Faith

"Aid to the Church in Need has distinguished itself by transmitting the loving charity of so many Catholics to those places where the Body of Christ – which is his Church – is suffering hunger, humiliation, persecution and martyrdom."

Bishop Raul Biord Castillo - Diocese of La Guaira, Venezuela
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