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Luis Vildoso participates in a meeting of young people of the Araure project, in Venezuela (2023).

What it’s like for the Church in Venezuela, a country in social and economic crisis

May 11, 2023

By Diego Lopez Marina

An aid worker who recently visited the central and western areas of the country said he “found a very lively... Read more

Janada Marcus with Pope Francis at the general audience on March 8, 2023.

Pope Francis meets with two Nigerian girls who were kidnapped by Boko Haram

Mar 8, 2023

By Courtney Mares, Peter Pinedo

The women, who both saw members of their families murdered by Boko Haram, met with the pope at the end... Read more

Janada Marcus, 22, was forced to flee Boko Haram with her family twice before the terrorists attacked them again, killing her father and kidnapping her.

‘My parishioners shot dead in cold blood’: Priests, lay faithful describe attacks in Nigeria

Mar 8, 2023

By Peter Pinedo

Aid to the Church in Need has released firsthand testimonies of Catholic faithful who have survived torture, kidnappings, and massacres. Read more

Bishop Rolando Álvarez of Matagalpa, Nicaragua.

Aid to the Church in Need ‘greatly concerned’ about Nicaraguan bishop sentenced to prison

Mar 3, 2023

By Walter Sanchez Silva

The pontifical foundation Aid to the Church in Need expressed its concern for the situation of the Church in Nicaragua... Read more

In an interview with ACN, Clement Usoo, 65, described witnessing the massacre of members of his family at the hands of Fulani herdsmen in Nigeria.

Witness to horror: A Christian farmer in Nigeria saw his family massacred

Feb 16, 2023

By Peter Pinedo

Clement Usoo, whose family was massacred by Fulani herdsmen in 2019, shared his story in a testimony published Wednesday by... Read more

Father Norberto Pozzi.

Missionary priest in Central African Republic injured in land mine explosion has foot amputated

Feb 16, 2023

By Agnes Aineah

Father Norberto Pozzi was injured when the car he was traveling in drove over a land mine, causing it to... Read more

Pope Francis delivers the Angelus address on Feb. 12, 2023.

Pope Francis urges support for earthquake victims in Turkey and Syria

Feb 12, 2023

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis prayed Sunday for the people of Turkey and Syria who are suffering after devastating earthquakes killed more than... Read more

A Syrian woman and her children warm by a stove at an emergency shelter in the center of the city of Maarat Misrin, in the rebel-held northern part of the northwestern Idlib province Feb. 7, 2023, one day after a deadly earthquake hit Syria and Turkey.

Catholic aid agencies respond after devastating earthquake in Turkey and Syria

Feb 7, 2023

By Jonah McKeown

According to the latest available estimates as of midday Tuesday, the 7.8-magnitude quake ​​has left at least 6,200 people dead... Read more

Pakistanis protest Nov. 2, 2018, in Lahore, shortly after the nation's supreme court acquitted Asia Bibi of blasphemy charges.

Pakistan tightens its already far-reaching blasphemy laws

Jan 23, 2023

By Jonah McKeown

Insulting the Prophet Muhammad is already a capital offense in Pakistan. Under the newest legal changes, those convicted will now... Read more

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‘Rising Islamist extremism’  spreading across globe, says report

Dec 1, 2022

By Peter Pinedo

Aid to the Church in Need found that as a result of increased jihadist activity, persecution of Christians along the... Read more

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More than 840,000 responded to the pope’s call to pray the rosary for peace

Oct 23, 2022

By CNA Staff

At his Angelus prayer last Sunday, Pope Francis lent his support to the effort and encouraged parents to join their... Read more

Pope Francis speaks in his Angelus address after Mass in Matera, Italy, on Sept. 25, 2022.

Pope Francis appeals for the release of kidnapped Catholics in Cameroon

Sep 25, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Five Catholic priests, a religious sister, and three lay people were kidnapped in an attack on a Catholic church in... Read more

Pope Francis speaks at the Angelus address on March 20, 2022.

Pope Francis honors nun killed by Islamist terrorists in Mozambique

Sep 11, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Sister Maria de Coppi was shot and killed last week as terrorists ransacked and burned the Catholic mission where she... Read more

Cuban Catholics process with a statute of St. James on July 25, 2022, the saint's feast day, in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba.

St. James the Apostle honored with procession in Cuban city bearing his name

Jul 29, 2022

By CNA Staff

The celebration also commemorated the 507th anniversary of the founding of Santiago (St. James) de Cuba. Read more

Cubans in Havana protest in the streets and cry for freedom on July 11, 2021.

Priest says worst poverty in Cuba is ‘lack of freedom’

Jul 18, 2022

By CNA Staff

In a recent interview with Aid to the Church in Need, Father Bladimir Navarro of Spain discussed the dire situation... Read more

Cross of the Martyrs.

Catholic charity urges world leaders to condemn Nigeria church massacre

Jun 6, 2022

By Courtney Mares

At least 50 people were reportedly killed in the ‘Pentecost massacre’ on June 5. Read more

Damage at the Major Theological Seminary of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Vorzel, Ukraine.

Ukraine war: Catholic charity to fund restoration of looted seminary

May 11, 2022

By CNA Staff

‘They took everything they could,’ said seminary rector Father Ruslan Mikhalkiv. Read more

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

Catholic charity sees ‘signs of hope’ for Iraq’s beleaguered Christians

May 10, 2022

By CNA Staff

‘Pope Francis’ visit, I think, really has given them hope,’ said Aid to the Church in Need’s Regina Lynch. Read more

Greek-Catholic priests in phelonia in front of a church in Lviv, Ukraine, in 2018.

Catholic charity commits $1 million to aid Ukraine’s 6,229 religious

Feb 24, 2022

By Katie Yoder

Aid to the Church in Need committed one million euros (equal to $1.1 million USD) to support the work of... Read more

His Beatitude Sviatoslav Shevchuk.

Major archbishop: Church offers hope amid ‘very dangerous escalation’ in Ukraine crisis

Feb 4, 2022

By CNA Staff

Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk was speaking at an Aid to the Church in Need online event. Read more