As a Catholic charity we support the faithful wherever they are persecuted, oppressed or in need, through INFORMATION, PRAYER and ACTION.


A world in which Christianity can thrive everywhere.


For the love of Christ urges us on. (2 Cor 5.14)

1. We are loyal to the Holy Father. As a Pontifical Foundation we participate in the universal mission of the Church.

2. We serve the cause of evangelisation. We respond courageously to the challenges of the time following the teaching of the Church.

3. We are committed to the persecuted Church. By sharing testimonies of faith we build a bridge of charity between our benefactors and beneficiaries.

4. We are custodians of our benefactors’ generosity. We run a modern, transparent and effective fundraising and administration.


1. Faith and Christian Love
The foundation of all our activities is Christian Faith and Love. This includes our fidelity to the Holy Father and the adherence to both the teachings and institutions of the Catholic Church.

2. Prayer
Regular prayer, personal and common, animates our daily work and strengthens our missionary spirit. It moves us to offer assistance to those who are suffering because of their loyalty to Christ and His Church – on whose prayers we rely as well.

3. Pastoral Commitment
We strive to proclaim the Gospel, be it ‘welcome or unwelcome’ (2 Timothy 4:2), responding courageously to the challenges of the time. We do this when engaging our benefactors and by financing pastoral projects with their contributions.

4. Unity
Conceived as a “bridge of love” from its origins, ACN serves for unity and reconciliation. We create communion with and between both our benefactors and beneficiaries through prayer, providing information and expressing gratitude.

5. Service
We fulfill our mission through mercy and humble service, listening carefully to the needs of our partners. We aspire to be a personal source of comfort and strength to our beneficiaries and benefactors.

6. Openness
Through our support of the Universal Church we promote a respectful dialogue with many cultures around the world. We live this openness ourselves in our manifold encounters both within and outside the Catholic Church.

7. Accountability
We handle the funds we receive with the highest care, seeking efficiency and measuring impact both in our funding activities and within our internal organization. We work transparently, showing the sources, uses and achievements of the funds we receive.

8. Trust
Our unshakeable trust in Divine Providence guides us into the future and enables us to place trust in others and, in turn, to be trusted by them. Consecrated to Our Lady of Fatima we are filled with hope and confidence.

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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 5000 projects in close to 150 countries, thanks to private donations, as the foundation receives no public funding.