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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

Jun 21, 2021

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

Jun 16, 2021

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

Jun 16, 2021

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

Jun 15, 2021

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

Jun 14, 2021

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

Jun 9, 2021

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

Jun 4, 2021

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.

Eruption of the volcanic Mount Nyirangongo on the eastern frontier of the the Republic of the Congo.Credit: Aid to the Church in Need (ACN)

Goma Residents in DR Congo “preparing for the worst” amid Earth Tremors: Catholic Nun

Jun 2, 2021

There is a mounting humanitarian crisis in areas around the city of Goma on the Eastern frontier of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) following the eruption of Mount Nyiragongo and the subsequent earth tremors that have left people fearing for the worst.

Residents fleeing Nyiragongo volcanic eruption in Goma/ Credit: Courtesy Photo

A Double Whammy of Volcanic Tremors and Militant Threats in DR Congo

May 27, 2021

There is mounting confusion in Goma, a city in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) that recently experienced a volcanic eruption where residents are unable to decide between fleeing and staying put, away from militants who are situated outside the city.

Fr. Joe Keke. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Catholic Bishop Working Toward Safe Release of Elderly Nigerian Priest Abducted Last Week

May 26, 2021

The Catholic Bishop of Nigeria’s Sokoto Diocese is spearheading negotiations to secure the safe release of the elderly Nigerian Priest kidnapped last week when gunmen attacked St. Vincent Ferrer Catholic Church Malunfashi in Katsina State within his episcopal see.

Bishop Melchisedec Sikuli Paluku ordaining a Priest. Credit: Aid to the Church in Need

“We are in a state of utter misery”: Catholic Bishop on Human Right Violations in DR Congo

May 23, 2021

The Bishop of Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC) Butembo-Beni Diocese has denounced terror attacks and far-reaching human rights violations that seem to target Christians in the East of the country, a region covered by his episcopal see. 

A Catechist in Uganda takes refugees from neighbouring South Sudan through a class/ Credit: Aid to the Church in Need

Catechists in Troubled African Countries Paying with Their Lives for Love of Apostolate

May 23, 2021

Catechists serving in a number of African countries experiencing violent conflicts are risking their lives and the lives of their family members to help in evangelization, Catholic pastoral charity organization, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International, has established.

Emergency aid for displaced families in Pemba. Credit: Johan Viljoen

Catholic Priest in Mozambique Calls for Spiritual Solidarity amid Fear of Fresh Attacks

May 12, 2021

There is mounting fear of terrorist attacks in Pemba, the capital of Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado province, a Catholic Priest and Communications official in the Diocese of Pemba has said.

The national Congolese Bishops’ Conference calculates that there have been over 6,000 people killed in Beni since 2013. Credit: Aid to the Church in Need

“Mosques are springing up everywhere,” Congolese Bishop Says amid Fear of Islamization

May 8, 2021

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has been engulfed in a cloud of fear owing to the increasing attacks that target Christians in what a Catholic Bishop in the Central African country has described as a path towards Islamization, also seen in the mushrooming of mosques.

A pictorial representation of  jihadist groups operations in Africa/ Credit: Africa Center for Strategic Studies

African Countries at Risk of “infiltration of Islamist ideologies, jihadism”: Study Report

Apr 25, 2021

Countries in Africa are at risk of the penetration of Islamist extremists and their ideologies in what the Religious Freedom in the World Report (RFR) 2021 has described as “risk from transnational jihadism.”

Bishop Hilary Nanman Dachelem of Bauchi, Nigeria, surveys damage inflicted on a parish church by Boko Haram and Fulani herdsmen. Credit: Aid to the Church in Need

Catholic Charity Approves Millions in Aid for Suffering Church in African Countries

Apr 22, 2021

Pontifical Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) United States has announced the approval of US$9.5 million in aid for a number of African countries where Christians continue to suffer owing to what the organization refers to as Islamic fanaticism.

A pictorial representation of the African countries experiencing violations of religious freedom. Credit: Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International

Multiple African Countries Experiencing Violations of Religious Freedom: Report

Apr 20, 2021

The Religious Freedom in the World Report (RFR) 2021 has listed several countries in Africa among those experiencing “the most intense” violations of religious freedom.

A Carmelite Sister at a Convent in the Ecclesiastical province of Kananga of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Credit: Aid to the Church in Need

Catholic Charity Supports Nuns at Convent Destroyed in DR Congo Violence

Apr 17, 2021

For nearly five years, Carmelite Sisters in the Ecclesiastical Province of Kananga of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have stayed at premises that were looted and partly destroyed in violence that wreaked havoc in the Central African country between 2016 and 2017.

The Douala ecclesiastical province has established an ongoing training course for those working in the vocations apostolate and in the minor seminaries. / Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International

Seminary Formators in Cameroon Undergoing Training to Weed Out “unsuitable candidates”

Apr 10, 2021

Priests in charge of formation in various Seminaries of Cameroon’s Douala Ecclesiastical Province are undergoing training to boost their skills in forming future Priests in the country.

A Catholic Sister in Cabo-Delgado Province interacting with children / Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International

Catholic Charity Facilitates Training of Mozambique’s Pastoral Agents in Trauma Healing

Apr 2, 2021

A Catholic Pontifical charity is facilitating the training of members of Clergy, Religious men and women, as well as the laity in Counselling Psychology aimed at enabling beneficiaries to offer appropriate assistance to those struggling with traumatic experiences amid Cabo Delgado violence.