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Prince Dr. Asfa Wossen Asserate. / (© Asfa-Wossen-Asserate.

Ethiopia, Eritrea Fighting Militias Together, Political Analyst Tells Catholic Aid Agency

Dec 2, 2020

An Ethiopian political analyst has told a Catholic aid agency that Eritrea is fighting the Tigray People’s Liberation Front alongside Ethiopia amid reports that the ongoing war in the Horn of Africa has spilled over to Eritrea.

Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama of  Nigeria's Abuja Archdiocese.

Nigerian Prelate Urges Government to Support Catholic Church in Fight against Boko Haram

Nov 27, 2020

The intervention of the Catholic Church has been key in the fight against Boko Haram insurgency in Northern Nigeria, a Prelate in the West African nation has said, calling on the government of the country to strengthen the activities of the Church in the country’s affected region.

Fr. Blaise Agwon, director of the Center for Dialogue, Reconciliation, and Peace in Jos, the capital of Plateau State in the central belt region of central Nigeria. / Aid to the Church in Need (ACN).

Catholic Peace Organization in Nigeria Appeals for Security Boost amid Increased Attacks

Nov 23, 2020

The international community looking to assist Nigeria in the fight against terrorist attacks can help by boosting the country’s security forces, the leadership of a religious conflict resolution organization working in the West African country has said.

A Mass and ceremony were held in 82 ecclesiastical territories, churches, and universities in the Philippines for those martyred for their faith and those suffering in order to live His Word. / Aid to the Church in Need (ACN).

Catholic Pontifical Organization Announces Global Campaign against Religious Persecution

Nov 12, 2020

Christians all over the world continue to be persecuted on the basis of their faith, a Catholic Pontifical organization has said while announcing this year’s global call for religious freedom.

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Catholic Aid Agency Highlights Comboni Missionary Sisters’ Apostolate in Ethiopia

Oct 23, 2020

The apostolate of the members of the Religious Institute of Comboni Missionary Sisters among the indigenous in Ethiopia has been highlighted in a report, which Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International published Friday, October 23.

Fr. Pontian Kaweesa, the National Director of the Pontifical Mission Societies (PMS) Uganda. / Ugandan Catholics/Facebook Page.

Pastoral Animators in Uganda Call for Prayers, Donations ahead of World Mission Sunday

Oct 15, 2020

Baptized members of the Catholic Church in Uganda have been encouraged to reach out to the rest of the world by offering prayers and material support that will strengthen missionary activities in hardship areas.

Fr. Goesh Abraha in the Documentary “Ethiopia – From every clan” directed by Magdalena Wolnik. / Aid to the Church in Need (ACN).

New Documentary Film Anchored on Ethiopian Priest’s Venture to Evangelize an Exotic Tribe

Oct 7, 2020

Renown filmmaker Magdalena Wolnik’s new documentary, which has been selected for the 23rd Religion Today Film Festival is a fascinating story of an Ethiopian Priest who leaves the comfort of his home in the north and swims against the current in his attempt to evangelize an indigenous community in the hostile Southern part of the Horn of Africa.

Fr. Sam Ebute prays over a mass grave in Nigeria. / Aid to the Church in Need (ACN)

“The blood of these martyrs will not be in vain”, Cleric on Killings in Nigeria

Sep 27, 2020

A Catholic Priest ministering in Nigeria’s Kaduna State that has experienced numerous attacks on innocent civilians has expressed the frustration of having to organize successive burials of victims of the violence in his parish and described those who have lost their lives as “martyrs” whose blood has not been shed “in vain.”

Fr. Léandre Mbaydeyo. / Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International.

Chadian Cleric Explains Christianity, Church Status in Muslim-dominated Context

Sep 20, 2020

A Priest from Chad studying in France has, in an interview with Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International, explained the status of Christianity in general and the Catholic Church in particular in his native country where Christians are often under pressure to convert to Islam, the dominant religion.

Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah of Sokoto Diocese, Nigeria.

It is Genocide Indeed, Nigerian Bishop Says of Increased Killings

Aug 7, 2020

A Catholic Bishop in Nigeria’s Diocese of Sokoto has likened the increased killings of Nigerian Christians by Fulani herdsmen who also target Muslims in the west African country to genocide, a statement that concurs with a recently published report in the United Kingdom (UK) that suggests unfolding genocide in Nigeria.

Pictures of the attacks by jihadists in Mocímboa da Praia in Mozambique. / Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International.

EU Legislators Call for Intervention in Jihadist Crisis in Mozambique’s Pemba Diocese

Jul 15, 2020

Members of the European Parliament, the legislative arm of the European Union (EU), are concerned about the attacks by jihadists in Cabo Delgado Province, a region covered by Mozambique’s Pemba diocese.

Reconstruction of 4 rooms and a community hall in favour of the Little Sisters of the Sacred Heart in Tamanrasset, Algeria. / Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International

Why Congregation of Sisters in Algeria Needs to Survive amid Shortage of Vocations

Jul 9, 2020

Sometime last year, when members of the Congregation of the Little Sisters of the Sacred Heart in Algeria wrote to the Catholic charity organization, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International, appealing for funds, the Congregation was in a deep state of need.

Carmelite Nuns providing aid to victims of violence in Cabo Delgado, Mozambique / Aid to the Church in Need (ACN International)

Carmelite Nun Recounts Brutal Attack that Left Countless Maimed in Mozambique

Jun 22, 2020

On Thursday, June 4, a Carmelite nun working in Macomia, a small town in the northern province of Cabo Delgado, Mozambique, stealthily walked in the company of other Sisters of Religious Order to their residence that had been abandoned for a month as terrorists wreaked havoc in the southern African country.

Bishop Matthew Kukah of Sokoto Diocese in Nigeria.

Help Us Fight Militant Groups, Nigerian Prelate Appeals to International Community

Jun 17, 2020

A Catholic Bishop in Nigeria says that the government in the West African nation is overwhelmed in the fight against insurgency that has wreaked havoc in the country, and is now calling on the international community to step in and help restore law and order.

Nuns of the Fraternity of the Servants of Christ bring aid to children in Niger amid the COVID-19 pandemic. / ACN

How COVID-19 Restrictions Have Affected the Apostolate of Niger-Based Order of Nuns

May 23, 2020

Amid a variety of COVID-19 related restrictions in the West African nation of Niger, the head of Fraternity of the Servants of Christ, a local congregation of nuns, has shared about the impact of the pandemic on the activities of the religious community.

Bishop Luiz Fernando Lisboa of the diocese of Pemba, which is in the region of Cabo Delgado. / ACN

Why Persecution in Mozambique is “an injustice that is crying out to heaven”

May 2, 2020

A Bishop in Mozambique has decried the reigning oppression of people who speak against the increased attacks that mainly target the Church in the southern African country, terming the attacks as “an injustice that is crying out to heaven”.

Bishop Joseph Alessandro, of Garissa Diocese, Kenya. / Aid to the Church in Need (ACN)

Five Years after Terrorist Attack at Kenya’s Garissa University, Bishop Shares Progress

Apr 9, 2020

On the 5th anniversary of the  deadly attack on Kenya’s Garissa University College, situated in the north eastern part of the East African country, the Catholic Bishop of the area has recalled the unfortunate event and recounted initiatives that have undertaken by religious leaders to promote peaceful co-existence.

Bishop Luiz Fernando Lisboa of Pemba Diocese, Mozambique / ACN

“What is happening in Mozambique is a disgrace,” Bishop Reacts to Recent Jihadist Attack

Apr 3, 2020

A Bishop in Mozambique has condemned the recent  jihadist attack and the actions of the attackers  that occurred in the territory within his diocese, describing the episode as a tragedy, a real shame, and a disgrace to the citizens of the Southern African nation.

Late CAN Chair Rev. Lawan Andimi, a Protestant Pastor in Nigeria’s Brethren Church of Christ, known as Eklisayar Yan'uwa a Nigeria (EYN) in Hausa language,  abducted and Murdered by members of Boko Haram following their January 2 raid on Michika in Adamawa, northeast of Nigeria.

In Nigeria, “fasting, prayer” Declared in Honor of Murdered “simple, devout Pastor”

Jan 25, 2020

Following the January 20 killing of the Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Michika local government area of the State of Adamawa, the Catholic Bishop of Yola that covers Adamawa State has declared three days of fasting and prayer in honor of the murdered church leader, described by a Catholic priest who knew him personally as “a simple and devout Pastor.”

Sr.Pauline, the General Superior of the congregation with Sr. Marie-Bernadetter, the Former General Superior / Aid to the Church in Need.

Nuns in Burkina Faso Providing Safe Haven for Victims of Ongoing Violence

Jan 22, 2020

Days after reports cited West African-based official of the Catholic Relief Services (CRS) calling upon stakeholders in the African Sahel region to go beyond military intervention and address the root causes of the region’s conflict including “extreme poverty, high youth unemployment, a lack of education,” leaders of a religious congregation of nuns have shared about their initiative in providing a safe haven for victims of the conflict.