Today, the outreach ministry provides over a thousand people with a hot meal each day, an increase of 400 people compared to the previous year. Many Syrian refugees are also involved, helping in the kitchens, so that they can also have the opportunity to earn a living.
“The Asian continent, imbued with rich philosophical and religious traditions, remains a great frontier for your testimony to Christ…Let Christ turn your natural optimism into Christian hope, your energy into moral virtue, your good will into genuine self-sacrificing love! This is the path you are called to take.” Pope Francis
The number of Catholics in Asia is projected to top 170 million by 2020. In 2015, Aid to the Church in Need supported the Church in Asia greatly, which included the formation of more than 1400 seminarians. Our help is still desperately needed as Christians continue to be terrorized and harassed in China, Vietnam, Pakistan, India, Indonesia and the Philippines.
Thank you for your continued help.
This parish is planning to build a new and much larger church that would also be more suited in size to the present number of the Catholic faithful. Will you give to support the construction of a new mission church in this very poor part of India?
At present there are three young men from the Maronite Archdiocese of Baalbek who are training for the priesthood. Archbishop Hanna Rahme has a particular concern for these young men, but lacks the necessary resources. He has turned to ACN for help, so that they can be given a solid formation and be able to stand by their people as true shepherds.
Father Paul Gomes of the cathedral Parish of the Good Shepherd, to which Kolimnagar belongs, has turned to ACN with a request for help. The new church will be used not only for Holy Mass and other liturgical celebrations, but also for catechetical and other pastoral programs and gatherings aimed at helping the people to deepen their faith and live a truly Christian life.