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

What can you do this Lent for faithful in need?

This Lent, you can promote healing for the traumatized and suffering in Africa.

Pastoral workers and religious need your help to aid those living under the constant threat of extremism and assist the innocent who are subject to violence and terror on a daily basis. Faithful have lost relatives and friends, their homes – everything close to them. They have witnessed things that eyes should never see.

The lives that have been shattered seek out the Church for help and consolation.  With your support, we can give the Sisters, priests, and pastoral workers the tools they need to help the traumatized in their communities.

ACN supports several projects for spiritual, psychological and skill acquisition training or therapy. These are aimed at helping the Church support the faithful suffering from depression, trauma, confusion and loss.

Please pray the Way of the Cross as you accompany our suffering brothers and sisters on their journeys of Faith.

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IRAQ / MOSSUL-SIR 19/00078
Reconstruction of totally destroyed multipurpose hall of St Mary, Bashiqa ( (Syriac Catholic)
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A Lamborghini for Iraq: donation from Pope Francis allowed ACN to help persecuted Christians in Iraq

More than 44 percent of the families who originally lived on the Nineveh Plains and were expelled by Islamist violence have now returned to their towns and villages.

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Iraq 2017 September Qaraqosh
the procession of the Christians in Qaraqosh who symbolically coming back their town (from the outskirts of the city at the roundabout with a huge Cross to the Church of Immaculate Conception Church (Syriac Catholic)

Pope’s visit to Iraq: ‘Respect for Christians will grow’

“The Pope knows where he is going. He is deliberately coming to an area marked by war and violence to bring a message of peace.”

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Mozambique, diocese of Pemba in December 2020
Visit of 2 refugee settlements with the bishop of Pemba diocese from December 2 - 4th 2020- the reed houses are displaced new arrivals who came by boat - the group photos are survivors of Muidumbe massacre (who fled 300 KM on foot to get here) – refugees from Cabo Delgado Province: Meeting the refugees
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In Mozambique, ‘an experience of the cross’

“I realized just how much, even in poverty, we can help, we can share.”

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Bishop Dabire

Burkina Faso bishop: ‘The faithful are fleeing terrorism, but they are holding on to their faith’

“Even when the terrorists have threatened people, trying to force them to convert, they have not succeeded. The people have simply fled, bringing their faith with them.”

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Leah Sharibu

Nigeria: ‘Break the wall of silence and cry out for Leah Sharibu’s release!’

“Why is the world standing by and watching as she remains in unjust captivity?”

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A family in Homs, Syria (Ismael Martinez Sanchez_ACN)

Syria: sanctions only make people ‘suffer and become poor and miserable’

“The situation is growing ever more dire; the people are on the verge of starving to death. Some have already died.”

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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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