ACN announces record aid payments of more than £1.2 million

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• 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 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.

Editor’s Notes

Aid to the Church in Need is a Pontifical Foundation directly under the Holy See. As a Catholic charity, ACN supports the faithful wherever they are persecuted, oppressed or in need through information, prayer, and action.

Founded in 1947 by Fr Werenfried van Straaten, whom Pope St John Paul II named “An outstanding Apostle of Charity”, the organisation is now at work in 140 countries throughout the world.

Undertaking thousands of projects every year, the charity provides emergency support for people experiencing persecution, transport for clergy and lay Church workers, Child’s Bibles, media and evangelisation projects, churches, Mass stipends and other support for priests and nuns and training for seminarians.

Aid to the Church in Need UK is a registered charity in England and Wales (1097984) and Scotland (SC040748). ACN’s UK office is in Sutton, Surrey and there is a Scottish office in Motherwell, near Glasgow and another office based in Lancaster that covers the North-West.

Please always acknowledge Aid to the Church in Need as the source when using our material.

For more information, contact ACN Press Officer John Newton on 020 8661 5167.