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'One million children praying the rosary': Kids join rosary initiative inspired by St. Padre Pio

Oct 15, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Children from 44 countries have already registered to take part in the rosary campaign. Read more

Ash Wednesday celebration at St. Patrick cathedral in Maiduguri, Feb. 26, 2020

‘At every time, you could be a target’: Despite danger, Nigerian priest ministers to refugees of terrorism

Jul 16, 2021

By Matt Hadro

A Nigerian priest who ministers to trauma victims in the country’s northeast says he is aware of the danger priests... Read more

A painting of the Holy Family at the Church of St. Joseph in Beirut, Lebanon.

Beirut’s St. Joseph church, badly damaged in port explosion, to reopen

Jun 24, 2021

By Courtney Mares

The church has been restored with funds from Aid to the Church in Need. Read more

Fr. Peter Johnson celebrates Mass at Carrive Mass Rock in Armagh.

Catholic priests offer Masses ‘for renewal of the faith’ at Ireland’s Mass rocks

Jun 16, 2021

By CNA Staff

Masses were celebrated at Mass rocks in all of Ireland’s 26 dioceses. Read more

Bishop Hilary Nanman Dachelem of Bauchi, Nigeria.

Catholic charity to give $9.5 million in aid to Africa’s persecuted Christians

Apr 27, 2021

By Courtney Mares

“In no other region have so many priests, religious and church workers been murdered in the last three years.” Read more

A funeral Mass in Nigeria.

Africa seeing ‘dramatic increase in jihadist groups,’ says global religious freedom report

Apr 20, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Aid to the Church in Need says groups have spread ‘within an alarmingly short timeframe’ Read more

Children in the diocese of Maroua-Mokolo, Cameroon, which faces threats from Boko Haram.

Survey: Catholics in US more aware of Christian persecution, but blind spots linger

Mar 19, 2021

Catholics in the US are showing more awareness of the problems of Christian persecution worldwide, the pastoral charity Aid to... Read more

On 10th anniversary of Syria’s war, Catholic charity urges US and EU to help aid reach poor

Mar 15, 2021

On the 10th anniversary of Syria’s war, a Catholic charity has urged the U.S. and E.U. to remove obstacles to... Read more

The Catholic University of Erbil in Ankawa, in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. Credit: Aid to the Church in Need.

Catholic charity gives boost to Iraqi Christian students on eve of papal visit

Mar 3, 2021

A Catholic charity launched a $1.8 million project helping Christian students on the eve of the historic papal visit to... Read more

Irish High Cross at the Rock of Cashel in Co. Tipperary, Ireland. Credit: Marie-Lise Van Wassenhove via Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0).

How a former heroin addict unearthed a book of Irish martyrs

Feb 27, 2021

Damien Richardson rediscovered his faith and overcame addiction. Then he unearthed an extraordinary book about Ireland’s Catholic history...  Read more

A crucifix inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, one of the sites of the Hearts Aflame pilgrimage for priests and religious.

We have a lot to learn this Lent from persecuted Christians, advocate says at Vatican

Feb 12, 2021

By Courtney Mares

In approaching the penitential practices of Lent, Catholics can learn a lot from persecuted Christian communities, an advocate for Aid... Read more

Fr. Werenfried van Straaten, founder of Aid to the Church in Need. Credit: Redigolo via Wikimedia (CC BY-SA 3.0).

Aid to the Church in Need confirms ‘credible’ accusation of ‘serious sexual assault’ against founder

Feb 10, 2021

The Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) confirmed on Wednesday the existence of a “credible” description of... Read more

Child standing in front of ruined building in Syria.

Remember Syrians this Christmas

Dec 9, 2020

By Matt Hadro

Do not forget the suffering Christians in Syria, a member of a pontifical aid foundation implored officials from the U.S.,... Read more

CCTV surveillance cameras in Tiananmen Square.

Pandemic conditions have increased Christian persecution

Nov 25, 2020

By Matt Hadro

The coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated Christian persecution in some places, according to a new report from the group Aid to the... Read more

Aftermath of the Aug. 4, 2020 explosion in Beirut, Lebanon.

Aid to the Church in Need sending 250,000 euro in food aid to Lebanon

Aug 6, 2020

International Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) has announced an emergency 250,000 euro food aid package for... Read more

Cardinal Louis Raphael I Sako, Chaldean Catholic Patriarch of Babylon and the Head of the Chaldean Catholic Church.

Iraqi cardinal pleads for help for Christians on Nineveh Plain

Dec 9, 2019

By Christine Rousselle

Cardinal Louis Raphael Sako has appealed for financial and spiritual aid for Christians in the Middle East, especially in Iraq.  Read more

Police officers patrol city streets in Philippines.

'Once the Church is persecuted, the faith becomes alive': a pastor's story

Nov 26, 2019

By Matt Hadro

On May 4, 2002, Monsignor Romeo Saniel felt the gun against the back of his head and heard a loud click. It... Read more

Faithful in the Diocese of Miao pray for persecuted Christians in the Middle East.

South and East Asia now the hotbed of Christian persecution, report finds

Oct 25, 2019

By Matt Hadro

While Christians in Iraq and Syria suffer in the aftermath of Islamic State genocide, a new “hot spot” of persecution... Read more

Fr. Jude Raj Fernando at the Basilica of St. Bartholomew on Tiber Island, Oct. 24, 2019.

‘Our faith is stronger than their bombs’: A Sri Lankan priest in Rome

Oct 24, 2019

By Courtney Mares

As the pastor of a parish in which many families lost a mother, father, or child in a bombing on... Read more

Aleppo, Syria, in 2009.

New campaign to bring food, medicine to Syrian Christians

Jul 17, 2019

The pontifical foundation Aid to the Church in Need has launched a new fundraising campaign to aid Syrian Christians, whose... Read more