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Fr. Edegard Silva Junior. Credit: ACN

Catholic Parishioners in Mozambique Make Wooden Crucifix from House Destroyed by Militants

Jan 17, 2022

Parishioners of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Mozambique’s Catholic Diocese of Pemba are using a Crucifix they made from a piece of wood they salvaged from one of the houses that militants burnt down in the mission of Nangololo.

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Catholic Foundation Features Mozambique, Burkina Faso in Campaign against Persecution

Nov 1, 2021

Violation of Christian freedom is on the rise in nearly a half of Africa, Catholic charity and pontifical foundation, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) United States, has said while announcing an international campaign to create awareness on religious persecution.

Leah Sharibu at age 15. Credit: ACN

Christians in Nigeria Asked to “keep fingers crossed” amid Efforts to Rescue Leah Sharibu

Oct 15, 2021

A Christian peace and social justice advocate in Nigeria has called upon Christians in the country to remain hopeful that Leah Sharibu, a young Nigerian woman kidnapped in 2018, will regain her freedom soon.

Catholic Bishops in Nigeria with President Muhammadu Buhari. Credit: Presidency of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Catholic Church Entity Decries Nigerian President’s Silence on Killings of Christians

Oct 5, 2021

Catholic Pontifical and charity foundation, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International, has blamed the persistent attacks by armed Fulani herdsmen against innocent Christians in Nigeria on the laxity by the country’s head of state to act to stop the violence.

Victims of militant attacks in Cabo Delgado. Credit: Denis Hurley Peace Institute

Christian in Mozambique Risks Life by Declining Offer to Convert to Islam

Aug 15, 2021

A Christian man who was offered an opportunity to convert to Islam risked his life by declining the offer at the hands of jihadists in Cabo Delgado in Northern Mozambique.

Marie-Catherine Persévérance Kingbo. Credit: Aid to the Church in Need (ACN)

Catholic Charity Mourns Missionary Nun Who Served the Poor in Muslim Dominated Niger

May 28, 2021

The Pontifical charity organization, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International, is mourning the passing on of a Catholic missionary Nun who dedicated her life to the service of the poor in Niger, a country with a tiny percentage of Christians.

Students at the Institute for Islamic-Christian Formation (IFIC) in Bamako, Mali / Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International

Catholic Pontifical Organization Donates Towards Islamic Studies in West Africa

Apr 1, 2021

The Catholic pastoral charity and pontifical foundation, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) has donated money towards the facilitation of Islamic studies for Priests and seminarians in West Africa.

Nuns in Malawi / Aid to the Church in Need (ACN)

Nuns Ministering among Deprived in Malawi Get Boost from International Catholic Charity

Feb 9, 2021

For years, Carmelite Sisters in Malawi’s Catholic Diocese of Zomba have been working under difficult conditions to bake hosts, which they sell to make a living and to support the deprived in the Malawian Diocese.

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Catholic Aid Organization Facilitating Church Marriages for Couples in Ethiopia

Dec 16, 2020

The Borana people, members of one of the indigenous tribes in the South of Ethiopia, are embracing Catholic Sacraments with the help of a Pontifical charity organization which is at the centre of primary evangelization among the traditionally nomadic group.

Children in Nigeria Pray for Persecuted Christians in Global Rosary Initiative

Oct 28, 2020

Catholic Children in Nigeria joined the rest of the world in the challenge dubbed “A million children praying the Rosary” praying for an end to violence in the West African country that continues to witness attacks against Christians.

Children at St Teresa of the Child Jesus Parish in Bo. Sierra Leone reading Child'sBible, "God speaks to His children." / Aid to the Church in Need (ACN).

Catholic Charity Organization Strengthening Children Evangelization in Sierra Leone

Sep 22, 2020

At Sierra Leone’s Diocese of Bo, children are being mentored to reach out to other children from deprived backgrounds in the West African country, thanks to a pontifical charity organization that is distributing religious materials to the Diocese.

Catholic Priests in the Archdiocese of Freetown.

International Catholic Charity Gifts Struggling Sierra Leonean Clerics with Mass Stipends

Sep 11, 2020

Catholic Priests ministering under difficult conditions in Sierra Leone’s Freetown Archdiocese have been given Mass stipends amounting to 17,160 Euros to cushion them through the COVID-19 pandemic that has been characterized with dwindling Church resources in the west African country.

A Catholic Church destroyed by Jihadist attacks in Cabo Delgado within the Diocese of Pemba in Mozambique.

Whereabouts of Two Brazilian Nuns Unknown Weeks after Jihadist Attack in Mozambique

Sep 3, 2020

The leadership of the Catholic Church in Mozambique is searching for two nuns belonging to Saint Joseph of Chambéry in the Diocese of Pemba who went missing after jihadists attacked a port city in the Southern African country beginning of August, taking control of the city where the nuns’ convent is located.

Regina Lynch, project director at ACN. / ACN

Why an International Catholic Charity Finds COVID-19 Projects in Africa “most impressive”

May 30, 2020

The Catholic charity organization, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International says that pastoral projects, which the Church in Africa is implementing during the COVID-19 crisis are the most impressive due to the devotion demonstrated by the religious in caring for the vulnerable groups who have been adversely affected by the pandemic.

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Germany-based Aid Agency Supporting Establishment of Catholic Radio in Mozambique

May 29, 2020

The Catholic pastoral aid organization, Aid to the Church (ACN) International is fostering evangelization initiatives at the grassroots by providing a financial subsidy toward the establishment of a radio substation in the diocese of Quelimane located in the East-central part of Mozambique, the leadership of the Germany-based agency has announced.

Assistance to the Seminary of Kossoghin in Burkina Faso with hygiene and education for COVID 19 prevention / Aid to the Church in Need (ACN)

St. Pierre Major Seminarians in Burkina Faso Receive Boost in COVID-19 Fight

May 27, 2020

Seminarians at St. Pierre Major Seminary in Burkina Faso are going to benefit from a financial donation from the international Catholic charity organization, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), offered to support the fight against the possible spread of COVID-19 at the Kossoghin-based institution in the Central part of the West African nation.

Fr. Bonaventure Luchidio (Left) and  Fr. Thomas Ngong (right) sharing enriching avenues to keep faith alive during COVID-19.

Kenyan Clerics Share 8 Enriching Avenues to Keep Faith Alive During COVID-19

May 16, 2020

A Bishop in Niger, reflecting on the post-COVID-19 era, said that closure of Churches as a way to contain the spread of the virus spelt danger for lukewarm Christians much as it prepared believers who he said would emerge out of the pandemic stronger than before.

Bishop Ambroise Ouédraogo of Maradi Diocese, Niger. / ACN

Closure of Churches Spells Danger for “lukewarm Christians”: Bishop in Niger

May 7, 2020

A Bishop in Niger, reflecting on the post-COVID-19 era, has said that while some Christians will come out of the pandemic stronger than before, there are those whose faith will have deteriorated as a result of the lockdown imposed on the churches in the West African country since March.

An African Bishop reaching out to needy people affected by COVID-19 restrictions. / ACN

Catholic Aid Agency Commits Over US$5 million to Priests, Nuns in COVID-19 Prone Missions

Apr 10, 2020

Priests and nuns ministering among those considered vulnerable to COVID-19 in various parts of the world including Africa stand to benefit from a €5M (US$5.43 million) grant that Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International has set aside, the Germany-based Catholic organization has announced.

Poster Announcing the Funeral of the Late Michael Nnadi. / Diocese of Sokoto

Christians Pay Tribute to Murdered Nigerian Seminarian, To Be Laid to Rest Feb. 11

Feb 7, 2020

Days after the murder of Nigerian seminarian Michael Nnadi became public, Christians across the globe have paid tribute to the 18-year-old orphan twin, terming him a “martyr” amid concerns over insecurity in Africa’s most populous country. Plans for his burial on Tuesday, February 11 are underway, beginning with Holy Mass at Good Shepherd Seminary in Kaduna.