Pictured above: Syria, Homs, June 2018
Khajik Sarkis Poladiab and his wife Sanaa Youssef Hossain, a family displaced by the war in Aleppo City. They are helped by the social services of the Maronite Cathedral of Our Lady in Tartous (Syria).
This month, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), the Pontifical Charity dedicated to helping persecuted and oppressed Christians around the world, marks the sixth anniversary of its establishment in Malta. Through these years, ACN (Malta) has continued to shine the light of Christ’s love in the darkest corners of the world by supporting the Church in its mission, and bringing hope and solidarity to thousands of people.
From supporting Christian schools, orphanages and youth centres, training of seminarians to providing copies of its Child’s Bible, ACN’s projects help nurture the faith of persecuted and suffering Christians who often bear witness of Christ in the face of persecution, oppression and/or poverty.
ACN (Malta) has also been at the forefront of many pastoral aid projects in favour of persecuted Christians, especially Maltese/Gozitan missionaries in various parts of the world.
|ACN (Malta) assists Maltese/Gozitan missionaries abroad|
2014- Support for the refurbishment of a Youth Centre run by the Daughters of the Sacred Heart (founded in Malta 1903) Sisters in Diwa, Bataan, Philippines
2016- Support for the formation of 40 seminarians in the archdiocesan seminary of San Pedro,Ecuador most of whom came from poor families who lost everything to a major earthquake that devastated the city of Portoviejo
2016- Provision of furniture for St. Peter Primary School and Orphanage run by the Dominican Sisters of Malta in Pakistan
2016- Construction of a utility area for the Conversion of St. Paul Parish of the Missionary Society of St. Paul, MSSP, Lahore, Pakistan
2019- Support for the training of 48 Seminarians of the Diocese of Dumka, India
Through the years, ACN (Malta) has also organised emergency aid for refugee families in Syria, Iraq and parts of Africa; annual retreats and prayer campaigns such as Lenten and Christmas Campaigns to provide milk, Christmas parcels and scholarships for needy Syrian children; as well as “One Million Children Praying the Rosary” for peace and unity.
The Charity also publishes and distributes two major biennial reports – “Persecuted and Forgotten?” (https://persecutedchristians.acninternational.org/) and “Religious Freedom in the World” (https://religious-freedom-report.org/) to create more awareness of religious persecution worldwide, especially of Christians.