Aid to the Church in Need Australia has launched a special campaign to raise $175,000 for the Church in Africa, which is facing persecution in many countries.
ACN supports priests, seminarians, religious sisters, catechists and backing programs run by the local Church. This financial support is essential because in many regions the local community does not have the means to support their own priests, seminarians and sisters. Despite the lack of resources, the Church is growing faster in Africa than anywhere else and vocations are flourishing.
According to ACN’s 2018 Activity Report, 27.4 per cent of total funds raised were sent to 1659 projects supporting the Church in Africa. In the same year, ACN supported 5600 priests, 3470 religious sisters, 5600 seminarians and the construction of 303 religious buildings, including churches, rectories, monasteries, seminaries and pastoral centres for catechesis.
Despite the significant amount of support that ACN has already sent to the Church in Africa in previous years, ACN Australia’s national director Bernard Toutounji said the need is still great.
“Our foundation receives hundreds of requests from bishops and religious superiors across Africa who require our continued support as well as our prayers to ensure the Church is able to continue its mission despite the hurdles of persecution and poverty,” Mr Toutounji said.
"Therefore in responding to the requests from the religious in Africa, Aid to the Church in Need is ensuring the Church can continue to advocate, evangelise and improve the lives of the African people."
To support ACN’s “Campaign for the Church in Africa”, call 1800 101 201 (during business hours) or by donate online: www.aidtochurch.org/africa