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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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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Bishop Azuaje

In Venezuela, a bishop’s last plea for peace and justice

“This year the embrace of God is more powerful than ever for all the children of this land, orphaned of embraces. His weeping was the announcement of peace and the passage from suffering to glory … God with us and us with God.”

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Refugees and displaced in eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Democratic Republic of the Congo: ‘We have been on the Via Dolorosa for years’

“The people here simply don’t count. They have the feeling that the government doesn’t even exist here. We feel as though the state authorities have abandoned us.”

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Fadi Saqat (ACN F. Essa)

On Iraq’s Nineveh Plains, hopes run high for papal visit

“There are many problems weighing on us. But when the Pope comes to visit us, he will give us new hope and confidence and some relief from this burden.”

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Father Chiera

Brazil: ‘your donations are saving lives’

“These children, who have never been allowed to be loved as ‘sons or daughters,’ need first of all to be able to live the experience of being loved before they themselves can begin to love.”

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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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