WHAT WE DO

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Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) is a Pontifical Foundation that focuses on assisting the Church wherever it is persecuted, oppressed or in material need. ACN concentrates on supporting local churches, especially in those countries where the Church cannot support herself, or if so, only with great difficulty. Our response to individual requests for assistance that reach us from around the world is determined by the pastoral nature of the project.

WHAT WE DO

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Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) is a Pontifical Foundation that focuses on assisting the Church wherever it is persecuted, oppressed or in material need. ACN concentrates on supporting local churches, especially in those countries where the Church cannot support herself, or if so, only with great difficulty. Our response to individual requests for assistance that reach us from around the world is determined by the pastoral nature of the project.

MASS STIPENDS

Mass stipends are donations accompanied by the request to celebrate Holy Mass for the donor’s intentions. They are often the only means of existential help for priests in poor regions.

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TRAINING OF PRIESTS AND RELIGIOUS

The theological training and qualification of seminarians is one of our major concerns. These future priests will provide spiritual guidance and assure a sacramental life.

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EXISTENCE HELP FOR RELIGIOUS

Especially in areas lacking priests, nuns literally take care of all in the name of God. Even contemplative sisters provide active help by praying or preparing hosts for the Eucharist.

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FAITH FORMATION OF LAITY

The religious training of the laity for catechetical service is essential to keep the faith alive in those parts of the world where there is a lack of priests.

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DISTRIBUTION OF BIBLES AND RELIGIOUS BOOKS

ACN publishes the Child’s Bible, which has been translated into 180 languages. In poor countries, this Bible is often the first book that children have access to in their mother tongue.

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MEDIA SUPPORT FOR THE PROPAGATION OF FAITH

ACN supports the construction of Catholic radio and television stations, which are invaluable tools for spreading the Gospel in remote areas with high illiteracy rates.

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MEANS OF TRANSPORT FOR PASTORAL CARE

We support the purchase of different kinds of vehicle for pastoral purposes: trucks, cars, motorcycle or boats – even mules for particularly inaccessible mountainous regions.

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CONSTRUCTION OR RENOVATION OF CHURCH INFRASTRUCTURE

ACN helps to construct or reconstruct churches, monasteries, pastoral centres and missions to secure and promote the pastoral ministry of the Catholic Church around the world.

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EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE IN CASES OF WAR, DISPLACEMENT AND NATURAL CATASTROPHES

Emergency aid for refugees is deeply rooted in ACN’s history. It is a symbol of Christian solidarity with our suffering brothers and sisters in war-torn regions such as the Middle East.

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TO LEARN MORE ABOUT Aid to the Church in Need, VISIT http://www.churchinneed.org
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ABOUT US

Founded in 1947 as a Catholic aid organization for war refugees and recognized as a papal foundation since 2011, ACN is dedicated to the service of Christians around the world, through information, prayer and action, wherever they are persecuted or oppressed or suffering material need. ACN supports every year an average of 6000 projects in close to 150 countries, thanks to private donations, as the foundation receives no public funding.