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.
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.