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Children from South Sudan painting a poster of “One Million Children Praying the Rosary 2021”. Credit: ACN

Catholic Charity Announces Children’s Rosary Campaign for Sahel Africa, War-torn Countries

Sep 22, 2022

The Catholic Pontifical and charity foundation, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International, is inviting children from across the globe to join the “One million children praying the Rosary” campaign for countries experiencing war and hunger, especially those in Africa’s Sahel region, which has been described as the “world’s most neglected and conflict-ridden region”.

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Catholic Bishop’s Commitment to Build Cathedral in Zambia Bears Fruit after His Death

Sep 7, 2022

On September 3, the new Holy Trinity Cathedral of the Catholic Diocese of Monze in Zambia was opened, bringing to life the dream that was dear to Bishop Moses Hamungole who succumbed to COVID-19 complications in January last year aged 53.

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Catholic Priest Says Islamists Forcing Everyone to Worship in Mosques in Burkina Faso

Aug 31, 2022

Islamists in Burkina Faso are forcing Christians to follow Sharia law and to attend prayers in Mosques, a Catholic Priest in the West African country has told the Catholic Pontifical and charity foundation, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International.

Bishop Wilfred Chikpa Anagbe of the Diocese of Makurdi in Nigeria. Credit: ACN

“Be our voice”, Bishop in Nigeria to Catholic Entities, Says Terrorists are Well Connected

Aug 26, 2022

Those behind the ongoing killings, kidnappings and displacements targeting Christians in Nigeria are well connected individuals internationally and are misrepresenting the extent of the persecution in the West African nation, the Catholic Bishop of the country’s Makurdi Diocese has said.

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Catholic Charity Appeals to the UK to Save Nigerian Christians from Growing Persecution

Aug 18, 2022

Catholic charity and Pontifical foundation, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International, has raised the alarm on the situation facing Christians in Nigeria where persecution is rife, and implored the UK government to do something to help stabilize the West African nation.

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Catholic Charity Concerned Christians in Some African Countries Practice Faith Underground

Aug 16, 2022

Christians in Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, and in many other African countries experiencing religious persecution are being forced to practice their faith in hiding for fear of attacks, Catholic Pontifical and charity foundation, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International, has said.

Preparations for the construction of the diocesan Marian shrine. Credit: Aid to the Church in Need

Catholic Charity Rallying for Support to Fund Construction of Marian Shrine in Angola

Aug 13, 2022

The Catholic Pontifical and Charity foundation, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International, is appealing for financial assistance to aid the Diocese of Mbanza Congo in Angola in the construction of a Marian Shrine to “deepen the people’s Catholic identity” in the Angolan Episcopal See. 

Mrs. Sobhy and the perpetrator. Credit: ACN

Catholic Charity Concerned about Muslim Assaulting Christian Women and Going Unpunished

Aug 12, 2022

Catholic Charity and Pontifical foundation, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International, has expressed concern about a Muslim man in Egypt who has become notorious for assaulting Christian women and his actions going unpunished every time.

Funeral Mass of Bishop of Zaria George Jonathan Dodo, Nigeria. Credit: ACN

Catholic Charity Remembers Bishop Who Served Against Odds in Nigeria

Aug 10, 2022

Catholic charity and Pontifical foundation, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International, has paid tribute to the first Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Zaria in Nigeria who passed on in July after serving the wider embattled Nigeria’s Kaduna state with courage.

Catechist Emmanuel Joseph. Credit: ACN

“We sleep with one eye open”, Catechist in Nigeria Says after Church Shooting

Aug 4, 2022

A Catechist at St. Moses Catholic Church, one of the 17 outstations of St. Augustine’s Parish of Kaduna Archdiocese in Nigeria who survived a militant attack at the Church in June has recounted the traumatic experience, noting that all survivors of the attack are living in the constant fear of being attacked again.

Bishop Oliver Doeme inspecting a burnt church in Bahuli, Maiduguri. Credit: ACN

Nigerians Hoping for “a compassionate new president” to End Religious Intolerance: Bishop

Aug 1, 2022

The Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Maiduguri in Nigeria has expressed optimism that Nigerians will get a president who has the needs of the people at heart in the country’s general elections.

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Catholic Charity Launches Peace Initiative for Youth in Cameroon

Jul 23, 2022

Catholic charity and Pontifical Foundation, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International has launched a peace education program in the Diocese of Mamfe to promote a culture of non-violence among young people in the Cameroonian Diocese.

Pilgrims praying at the Shrine of Our Lady of Yagma in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Credit: ACN

Survivors Recount “terrifying” Experience of July 3 Terrorist Attacks in Burkina Faso

Jul 9, 2022

Survivors of a terrorist attack in Bourasso in Burkina Faso’s Nouna Diocese that left dozens killed have recounted their experiences of the Sunday, July 3 attack.

Bishop Wilfred Chikpa Anagbe of the Diocese of Makurdi in Nigeria. Credit: ACN

Catholic Bishop in Nigeria Decries Government Laxity Regarding Deborah Yakubu Murder

Jul 8, 2022

The Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Makurdi in Nigeria has decried failure of authorities in the country to bring killers of Deborah Yakubu to book, nearly two months following the murder of the Christian girl who was accused of blaspheming Prophet Muhammad.

Survivors of Pentecost Sunday Massacre in Nigeria Recount “terrible” Experiences in Church

Jun 25, 2022

Survivors of the Pentecost Sunday attack on St. Francis Xavier Owo Catholic Parish of Ondo Diocese that left 39 Catholics killed and more than 80 injured have recounted their experiences in the church on the fateful day. 

Altar of St. Francis Xavier Owo Catholic Parish of Ondo Diocese. Credit: ACN

Nigerian Catholic Priest Recounts Experience of Pentecost Sunday Massacre in Ondo Diocese

Jun 16, 2022

A Nigerian Catholic Priest has, in an interview with Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International shared with ACI Africa, recounted his experience of the Pentecost Sunday attack on St. Francis Xavier Owo Catholic Parish of Ondo Diocese that reportedly left dozens killed.

Bishop Georges Varkey Puthiyakulangara of the Diocese of Port-Bergé  in Madagascar. Credit: ACN

New Chapel, Library at Madagascar Prison Drawing Inmates to Catholic Church

Jun 3, 2022

The chapel at the prison of Port-Bergé located in the North of Madagascar has been witnessing a rising number of “religious conversions”, with most of them joining the Catholic Church, a Catholic Bishop in the Island country in the Indian Ocean has said.

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Catholic Charity Constructs Education Center for South Sudanese Refugees in Uganda

Jun 3, 2022

The Catholic Pontifical and charity foundation, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International, is completing the construction of an educational and pastoral center to support the learning of South Sudanese refugees at Bidibidi Refugee Settlement in the Catholic Diocese of Arua, Uganda.

A Combonian missionary nun living in Wau, South Sudan, believes the upcoming visit by Pope Francis to the youngest country in the world, scheduled for 5-7 July, could have an historic effect on the peace process. Credit: ACN

Pope’s Envisioned Visit to South Sudan Heightens Expectations for Swift Peace Process

May 19, 2022

Pope Francis is scheduled to be in South Sudan in July, an Ecumenical visit that has raised expectations for a swifter peace process in the embattled African country.

Bishop Timothée Bodika Mansiyai of DR Congo's Kikwit Diocese. Credit: ACN

Pope Francis “is St. Peter coming to us, to confirm us in the faith”: Bishop in DR Congo

May 17, 2022

The Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Kikwit in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has expressed joy as the Central African nation awaits the visit of Pope Francis, noting that the visit signifies the coming of St. Peter “to confirm us in the faith”.