Donations to Catholic charity top $175 million

Aid to the Church in Need UK visits children in Erbil, Iraq (ACN/Neville Kyrke-Smith)

Through its 23 national offices, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) raised over $175 million in donations in 2018 with 333,000 donors funding more than 5000 pastoral projects to support the persecuted Church in 139 countries. Source: Catholic Outlook.

“We are deeply moved by the generosity of our benefactors all over the world,” said Thomas Heine-Geldern, the executive president of ACN International, at the formal presentation of the charity’s annual report. “Once again, their sacrifices and their faith have moved mountains!”

Bernard Toutounji, National Director of Aid to the Church in Need Australia added: “I can only offer my sincere and heartfelt thanks to every benefactor; those who sent $5 and those who sent $5000.

“This work of ours, in support of the suffering Church, is not (and never has been) just about raising money. ACN brings into one spiritual family those who support the projects and those who receive the help. We pray every day for our benefactors, and we give thanks especially for the way they have responded and continue to respond. Together we are keeping the faith alive.”

As has been the case in recent years, a major proportion of these donations went to support projects in Africa (27 per cent) and in the Middle East (25 per cent). In the last few years the region of the Middle East has witnessed a substantial increase in aid from ACN. Since the beginning of the so-called Arab Spring in 2011, the Pontifical Foundation has given more than $156 million, of which over $28 million was in 2018 alone.

The charity’s emergency support for the thousands of uprooted Christian refugees in this region accounted for over 12 per cent of the total aid granted last year. What should be underlined as particularly significant was the huge project of rebuilding 1479 houses and homes of the Christian refugees in Syria and Iraq that was made possible by the support of ACN International.

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ACN raises over $175M to help the persecuted and suffering Church around the world (Catholic Outlook

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