In this video and podcast we hear about the international Catholic charity, Aid to the Church in Need and their work in the Congo

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In the eastern Congo, soldiers and militiamen continue to prey on the civilian population, with rape, property destruction and recruitment of child soldiers among the worst atrocities daily facing the civilian population. The Head of the Africa Desk at the international Catholic charity, Aid to the Church in Need, Christine de Chaudray, told us the missionary and diocesan initiatives in eastern Congo need more support.


Aid to the Church in Need

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Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) is an international pastoral aid organization of the Catholic Church, which helps the poor and persecuted churches with prayer, pastoral relief and material assistance.

Fr Werenfried van Straaten who founded the organisation in 1947 was named by Pope John Paul II as An Outstanding Apostle of Charity. Following a 1984 decree of the Vatican Congregation for the Clergy, “Aid to the Church in Need” is recognized by the Catholic Church as a “universal public association of faithful”.

Projects and Fund-raising

The charity undertakes thousands of projects every year including providing transport for clergy and lay Church workers, construction of church buildings, funding for priests and nuns and help to train seminarians.

Since the initiatives launch in 1979, more than 42 million Aid to the Church in Need Childs Bibles have been distributed worldwide.

In 2008 ACN raised 82 million Euro which was distributed to between 5,000 and 6,000 projects in 137 different countries around the world. This money comes entirely from donations. ACN receives no public or official Church monies whatsoever, but relies on the generosity of more than 700,000 individual benefactors around the world.

Irish Office
Aid to the Church in Need
St. Josephs,
151 St. Mobhi Road, Dublin 9, Ireland
Tel: 00 353 1 83 77 516
Fax: 00 353 1 83 69 189