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A priest celebrates Mass in Sudan before the outset of war. / Credit: ACN

Sudan Civil War Leaves No Seminarians and Almost No Catholic Church

Apr 14, 2024

The third Sudanese civil war has terribly affected the entire country but especially the local Catholic Church, according to Aid to the Church in Need.

Olive harvest season in the southern border town of Rmeish, Lebanon, in the midst of a crisis situation. | Credit: Rmeish’s Facebook page

Almost All Christians Have Fled Southern Lebanon amid Israel-Hezbollah Bombing

Dec 21, 2023

Hezbollah, the Iran-backed Shia militant group in Lebanon, began attacking Israel at the Israeli-Lebanese border following the beginning of the conflict.

Children participate in the “One Million Children Praying the Rosary” campaign in the Archdiocese of Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine, on Oct. 18, 2023. | Credit: ACN

"One Million Children Praying the Rosary" Surpasses 1 Million Participants for First Time

Nov 2, 2023

The children's rosary initiative began in Caracas, Venezuela, in 2005.

Workers prepare to distribute medical aid and medicines to Nasser Medical Hospital in the city of Khan Yunis, south of the Gaza Strip, which recently arrived through the Rafah crossing on Oct. 29, 2023, in Khan Yunis, Gaza. | Credit: Ahmad Hasaballah/Getty Images

Needs in Gaza "immense," aid "meager and inconsistent": UN Refugee Director

Oct 30, 2023

The U.N. said Sunday that “thousands of desperate people” had “stormed U.N.-operated warehouses” and other aid distribution centers in the Gaza region.

A crucifix which was destroyed during an attack on St. Kisito minor seminary in Bougui, Burkina Faso, Feb. 10, 2022. | Aid to the Church in Need

Priest: "Immense" Pastoral Work Needed Amid Anti-Christian Violence in Burkina Faso

Aug 30, 2023

A missionary priest working in one of the most dangerous countries in the world said this month that “immense” work from religious leaders and mediators is needed to heal the “physical and psychological” damage wrought by years of anti-Christian Islamic violence there. 

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Researchers Foresee “mass exodus” of Young Nigerian Christians: This is Why

Jun 28, 2023

The passivity of Nigerian authorities amid systematic religious-based attacks have left many young Christians in Nigeria disillusioned and many may leave the West African country, a recent report by the Catholic Pontifical and Charity Foundation, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International, has shown.

Religious freedom index in Africa. Credit: Courtesy of Aid to the Church in Need-US

New Report on Christian Persecution Paints Grim Picture of Africa

Jun 25, 2023

Out of the 28 countries where Christians are most persecuted in the world, 13 are African, the Religious Freedom Report 2023 shows, painting a grim picture of religious freedom on the world's second-largest and second-most populous continent.

Janada Marcus with Pope Francis at the general audience on March 8, 2023. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis Meets with Two Nigerian Girls who were Kidnapped by Boko Haram

Mar 8, 2023

Pope Francis met Wednesday with two young Nigerian girls who suffered horrendous violence at the hands of the Boko Haram terrorist group.

Janada Marcus, 22, was forced to flee Boko Haram with her family twice before the terrorists attacked them again, killing her father and kidnapping her. | Aid to the Church in Need

"My parishioners shot dead in cold blood": Priests, Lay Faithful Describe Attacks in Niger

Mar 8, 2023

“Oh, what sorrow to have watched three of my parishioners shot dead in cold blood, right before my eyes — and I couldn’t do anything,” Nigerian parish priest Father Bako Francis Awesuh, 37, shared in a new Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) report published Friday.

A Syrian woman and her children warm by a stove at an emergency shelter in the center of the city of Maarat Misrin, in the rebel-held northern part of the northwestern Idlib province Feb. 7, 2023, one day after a deadly earthquake hit Syria and Turkey. / Photo by ABDULAZIZ KETAZ/AFP via Getty Images

Catholic Aid Agencies Respond after Devastating Earthquake in Turkey and Syria

Feb 7, 2023

According to the latest available estimates as of midday Tuesday, the 7.8-magnitude quake ​​has left at least 6,200 people dead in Turkey and Syria.

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More than 840,000 Responded to the Pope’s Call to Pray the Rosary for Peace

Oct 23, 2022

More than 840,000 people from 140 countries joined in praying the rosary Oct. 18 to ask for peace and unity throughout the world.

Pope Francis speaks in his Angelus address after Mass in Matera, Italy on Sept. 25, 2022. | Vatican Media

Pope Francis Appeals for the Release of Kidnapped Catholics in Cameroon

Sep 25, 2022

Pope Francis has appealed for the release of nine Catholics kidnapped in southwest Cameroon.

Pope Francis speaks at the Angelus address on March 20, 2022. | Vatican Media

Pope Francis Honors Comboni Nun Killed by Islamist Terrorists in Mozambique

Sep 11, 2022

Pope Francis in his Angelus address on Sunday honored an Italian missionary sister who was killed by Islamist terrorists in Mozambique.

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Christians Still Face Persecution Globally, But There are Signs of Hope: Catholic Charity

Dec 30, 2021

Christians continue to face persecution across the globe but there are many signs of hope, according to the Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN).

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Kidnapping, Forced Conversion of African Christian Women Alarming: Catholic Charity

Dec 27, 2021

The number of Christian women and girls kidnapped and forced to change their religion has grown “in the last few years” in a number of African countries, Catholic Pontifical and charity foundation, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International, has said.

Archbishop Stephen Ameyu of South Sudan's Juba Archdiocese. Credit: Aid to the church in Need (ACN)

Catholic Archbishop in South Sudan Says People’s Faith Growing amid Hardships

Dec 10, 2021

Even without proper Church structures in place, the number of people coming to places of worship in South Sudan has been increasing steadily, the Catholic Archbishop of South Sudan’s Juba Archdiocese has said.

Children in South Sudan participating in the rosary campaign. ACN

"One million children praying rosary": Kids Join Rosary Initiative Inspired by Padre Pio

Oct 15, 2021

Children from 44 countries have already registered to take part in the rosary campaign.

Ash Wednesday celebration at St. Patrick cathedral in Maiduguri, Feb. 26, 2020/ AFP/Getty

Despite Danger, Clergy of Nigeria’s Maiduguri Diocese Ministers to Refugees of Terrorism

Jul 17, 2021

Father Joseph Bature Fidelis of the Diocese of Maiduguri is aware of the danger priests face from local Islamist terror groups.  

Bishop Oliver Dashe Doeme o Nigeria's Maiduguri Diocese. Credit: Aid to the Church in Need (ACN)

Catholic Bishop in Nigeria Calls for Worldwide Prayer of the Rosary to Defeat Islamism

May 7, 2021

The Bishop of Nigeria’s Catholic Diocese of Maiduguri has called for fervent prayers through the Blessed Virgin Mary in reciting the Holy Rosary, saying that it is through the devotion to the Mother of our Lord that the war against Islamist militants in the West African country will be won.

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We Have a Lot to Learn this Lent from Persecuted Christians, Advocate Says at Vatican

Feb 14, 2021

In approaching the penitential practices of Lent, Catholics can learn a lot from persecuted Christian communities, an advocate for Aid to the Church in Need said at the Vatican on Friday.