ACN announces record aid payments of more than £1.2 million
• ACN UK supports 147 projects this August including help for 650 infants in Syria – thanks to benefactors.
By Murcadha O Flaherty and John Newton
The UK office of the Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need has just announced record monthly aid payments of more than £1.2 million – including aid to suffering Christians in Syria and Iraq.
The aid package will support 147 new projects worldwide, more than £104,000 which will ensure emergency relief, including food for 650 children in Latakia, northern Syria. Projects helping young people include £6,000 for feeding and caring for Syrian and Iraqi refugee children by the Sisters of the Good Shepherd in Lebanon.
Neville Kyrke-Smith, Aid to the Church in Need (UK) National Director said: “We could only do this due to the extraordinary payments received from the compassion and generosity of our benefactors in easing the suffering of Christians worldwide. “Our dual role in providing emergency relief to the persecuted and suffering, and ACN’s practical role in providing pastoral care for the Catholic Church globally, is echoed in Galatians [6:10]: ‘Let all our actions be for the good of everybody, and especially of those who belong to the household of the faith’.”
Mr Kyrke-Smith added: “Through the Church, ACN is helping everyone in need, as demonstrated in the £8,500 given to Sister Annie Demerjian for the medication and emergency operations supplied across Syria for all people injured by the sixth year of civil war, heightened by international warmongering.” On the 15th October 2016 Sister Demerjian will be attending ACN’s annual Westminster event at Westminster Cathedral in London to speak about the scale of human suffering in Syria.
ACN help also included humanitarian support for 600 Syrian refugees and their Lebanese host families for two months, as well as rebuilding homes for 30 Armenian Catholic families in Aleppo. And with the approach of winter the charity is distributing heating for 135 families in Nebek, Syria.
Elsewhere, projects being supported include £65,000 to renovate and reconstruct staff quarters, students’ dormitories and a multi-purpose hall at the St Robert Bellarmine Institute for Catechists and Religious Education at Jamari, Nigeria. Also being provided is a multi-purpose vehicle for the Holy Spirit Seminary in Bomana, Papua New Guinea will help priests and seminarians minister in remote areas.
Directly under the Holy See, Aid to the Church in Need supports the faithful wherever they are persecuted, oppressed or in pastoral need. ACN is a Catholic charity – helping to bring Christ to the world through prayer, information and action.
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 initiative’s launch in 1979, Aid to the Church in Need’s Child’s Bible – God Speaks to his Children has been translated into 172 languages and 50 million copies have been distributed all over the world.
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