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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.

Women, men, and children crowded on a canter in Mozambique's Cabo Delgado / Aid to the Church in Need

International Catholic Charity Facilitating Counselling of Mozambique’s Violence Victims

Mar 21, 2021

The Pontifical charity organization, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International, has reached out to the victims of violence in Mozambique who have been traumatized by the various kinds of atrocities they are facing owing to the ongoing insurgency in their country.

The former Bishop of Mozambique's Pemba Diocese, Luiz Fernando Lisboa / Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International

“Africa will always be a part of me,” Transferred Archbishop-elect Says

Feb 25, 2021

Archbishop-elect Luiz Fernando Lisboa who was recently transferred from Mozambique’s Diocese of Pemba to the Diocese of Cachoeiro do Itapemirim in Brazil has, in an interview, said he had always wanted to serve in Africa, which is now part of him.

Bishop Laurent Dabire of Burkina Faso's Dori Diocese / Aid to the Church in Need (ACN)

Amid Insecurity in Burkina Faso, Christians “live their faith, whatever the cost”: Bishop

Feb 25, 2021

A Catholic Bishop serving in Burkina Faso has, in an interview, acknowledged the faith, the “perseverance and resilience” of the people of God in the West African nation amid threats of insecurity arising from the Sahel crisis. 

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Unite, Act to Free Leah Sharibu: Nigerian Christian Leader to International Community

Feb 24, 2021

On the third anniversary of the abduction of the Nigerian Christian schoolgirl, Leah Sharibu, a Christian leader in the West African nation has appealed for “intentional concerted efforts” across borders to demand for her release. 

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International Catholic Charity Targets Institutions Dedicated to St. Joseph in Latest Aid

Feb 18, 2021

The Catholic charity organization, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International, has announced a number of projects in Catholic Dioceses around the world that have received a boost, including those in Africa, that are under the patronage of St. Joseph.

Sr. Gloria Cecilia Narváez, a member of the Congregation of the Fransiscan Sisters of Mary Immaculate who was kidnapped in February 2017 in Mali / Courtesy Photo

Church in Mali Recounts “beautiful” Apostolate of Colombian Nun Abducted Four Years Ago

Feb 12, 2021

The Catholic Church is praying for the safe release of a Colombian nun who was abducted by jihadists linked to Al-Qaeda four years ago, leaving behind what has been described as a “beautiful, wonderful project” that sought to increase literacy among women in the West African country.