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A mass burial site at Genabe village, in Makurdi- Benue State where over 80 people who were killed following an attack on 1 January 2018 on the village were buried. Credit: Catholic Diocese of Makurdi

This is “ethnic Cleansing”, Catholic Bishop Says of Killings by Fulani Herdsmen in Nigeria

The growing attacks reportedly by armed Fulani herdsmen in Nigeria have left villages previously occupied by Christian farmers desolate, a Catholic Bishop has narrated, adding that the attacks suggest “an Ethnic cleansing agenda” in the West African country.

Fr. Peter Konteh. Credit: ACN

Catholic Priest in Sierra Leone Faults Harsh COVID-19 Restrictions, Says Ebola Was Worse

The Director of Caritas Freetown in Sierra Leone has faulted the COVID-19 restrictions that were imposed on places of worship in the West African country, saying that most of the restrictions were unnecessary and denied the people the religious encounter at the time they needed it the most.

Help for the training of 59 seminarians in Kinshasa, DR Congo. Credit: ACN

Catholic Pastoral Charity Facilitates Formation of Dozens of Seminarians in DR Congo

Dozens of Major Seminarians in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are set to benefit from a financial “contribution” from the Catholic Pastoral Charity, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International, the leadership of the Pontifical entity has said in a report.

Burkina Faso Sr. Anne Marie Kaboré SIC (Sisters of the Immaculate Conception of Ouagadougou) during Covid-19, giving an interview and taking part in a programme for children from the catechesis for 14 Radios. Credit: ACN

Poor Internet Connection during COVID-19 Stalls Catholic Charity’s Initiatives in Africa

As the Catholic charity foundation, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International, switched to blended communication, including online engagements with its partners following the COVID-19 outbreak, many of the foundation’s collaborators in Africa lagged behind in communication with the aid agency.

A course to help young religious cope with trauma in a conflict region. Credit: Aid to the Church in Need

Catholic Charity Boosts Psychosocial Training for Traumatized Sisters in Cameroon

Catholic pontifical and charity foundation, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International, has announced plans to support the psychosocial training of Sisters in Cameroon’s Bamenda Archdiocese who the foundation notes have been traumatized by the ongoing violence in the Anglophone region of the Central African country.

Fr. Pier Luigi Maccalli. Credit: ACN

Religious Missionary Goes on Pilgrimage to Celebrate Freedom from Jihadists in Mali

Sunday, August 1 was a moment of thanksgiving for Fr. Pier Luigi Maccalli who was held in captivity for over two years after he was kidnapped from Niger and released in October last year.

It is time for the children of the Kalanga tribe in Zimbabwe to receive their copies. The foundation is planning to give 12.960 copies. Credit: Aid to the Church in Need (ACN).

Over 12,000 Zimbabwean Children to Receive Bibles Courtesy of Catholic Charity

At least 12,960 children from Zimbabwe’s Kalanga tribe are expected to receive Bibles from the Catholic charity organization, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN).

Sr. Gloria Cecilia Narvaez Argot, the Franciscan religious sister abducted in Mali in February 2017. Credit: Aid to the Church in Need (ACN)

Colombian Nun Abducted in Mali Appeals for “a great deal of prayers” in Latest Message

Sr. Gloria Cecilia Narvaez Argot, a Colombian Catholic Nun who has remained in captivity for the last four years following her abduction in Mali has sent a message to her family in which she appeals for hearty prayers for her safe release.

A Catholic Nun getting a COVID-19 inoculation at a medical center in Zimbabwe. Credit: Aid to the Church in Need (ACN)

Catholic Charity Facilitates PPE Supplies in Zimbabwe amid Coronavirus Challenges

Catholic charity organization, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), has facilitated the provision of personal protective equipment (PPEs) to more than 1200 pastoral workers in Zimbabwe.

Sisters of Our Lady of Schönstatt who are serving in Burundi’s Catholic Diocese of Muyinga have decided to build a pastoral centre where the group meetings, retreats, workshops and other events can be held. Credit: ACN

Catholic Charity Reaches Out to Sisters in Burundi Facing Eviction from Premises

Three Sisters of Our Lady of Schönstatt who are serving in Burundi’s Catholic Diocese of Muyinga risk being evicted from their premises at a private property and are in urgent need of help to build their community elsewhere.

Catechist Paulo Agostinho Matica/ Credit: Aid to the Church in need

Catechist Who Risked Life to Save Church Records in Mozambican Attack Lauded for Brevity

About two months after the deadly March attack in Palma town in Northern Mozambique, Paulo Agostinho Matica arrived in the Catholic Diocese of Pemba, South of the country, bearing a package that he considered “as a precious treasure” of the Church.

Coptic Cross/ Credit: Aid to the Church in Need (ACN)

Few Still Regard Christians in Egypt as “second-class citizens”, Catholic Charity Told

A Religious leader in Egypt has reported “few incidents” where Christianity is regarded as an inferior religion in the Northeast African nation despite the country having made what has been referred to as immense progress in religious freedom.

Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International offers a a sturdy four-wheel-drive vehicle to the members of the Franciscan Capuchin Friars (OFM Cap) serving in Ghana's  Jasikan Diocese/ Credit: ACN

Catholic Charity Donates Towards Primary Evangelization in Ghana’s Remote Villages

The lack of reliable means of transport has, for over a decade, slowed down the activities of the members of the Franciscan Capuchin Friars (OFM Cap) who have been on a mission to evangelize remote parts of Ghana that do not know about the person of Jesus Christ.

Chart showing Aid allocated per region in 2020 by Catholic Charity Aid to the Church in Need. Credit: Aid to the Church in Need (ACN)

Africa Receives Bulk of Funding as More Donate Towards Catholic Charity Despite Pandemic

Roughly one third of the total project aid that was supplied by Catholic Charity Foundation, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International in the year 2020, went to Africa, the leadership of the organization has reported.

Among the victims in the aftermath of the bloodiest terrorist attack since Islamist violence began are also Christians/ Credit:  Aid to The Church in Need (ACN)

Attacks on Villages Becoming Unpredictable, Burkinabe Bishop on Insecurity

A Catholic Bishop in Burkina Faso has said attacks on villages have multiplied and become increasingly unpredictable. 

Saint Paul’s College in Gbarnga, the only seminary in Liberia?Credit: Aid to the Church in Need (ACN)

Pontifical Charity Pledges to Support Formators at Liberia’s Only Major Seminary

The leadership of the Catholic charity organization, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), is set offer Mass stipend to the Priests serving at Liberia’s only Major Seminary. 

Fr. Kwiriwi Fonseca estimates that in addition to more than 2,500 people killed and more than 750,000 made homeless since the terrorist attacks began in October 2017 in Mozambique’s northernmost province of Cabo Delgado. Credit: Johan Viljoen

Catholic Priest in Mozambique Fears for Children Radicalization amid Increased Abductions

There is fear that young boys kidnapped by Al Shabaab militants in northern Mozambique are being radicalized to fight in the ranks of the militants.

St Micheal Parish in Malawi's Catholic Diocese of Chikwawa/ Credit: Courtesy Photo

Catholic Charity Pledges Support for Parishioners Trekking for Miles to Church in Malawi

Christians from St. Joseph’s outstation of Nkhate Parish in Malawi’s Catholic Diocese of Chikwawa have been trekking for up to 20 kilometers to attend Sunday Mass in the Parish.

The studio of Rádio Sem Fronteiras in Mozambique. Credit: Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International

Catholic Charity Donates Radios to Mozambicans in Remote Villages to Connect Families

Catholic Pontifical and Charity Organization, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International, has facilitated the purchase of solar-powered radios for inhabitants of Cabo Delgado, the Northernmost province of Mozambique to keep families that have been separated by violence connected.

Christine du Coudray with some of her collaborators in South Sudan/ Credit: Aid to the Church in Need

South Sudan among African Countries with Immense Growth: Catholic Charity Official

An official of the Pontifical charity organization, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International has, at the end of her term in Africa, recognized growth in a number of African countries including South Sudan.