The Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) is supporting a project for the rebuilding of a multipurpose sports centre for the Armenian Christian community  

In 2016 Mexico was the most dangerous country in the world for priests. The nation earned the sad distinction for the ninth time in a row.  

The Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) is deeply touched by the death of Cardinal Joachim Meisner. ACN mourns a highly valued friend. The retired Archbishop of Cologne died unexpectedly on July 5th at the age of 83 years, as he prayed the breviary before the celebration of Holy Mass.  

Summer camps for young people and families from Aleppo. “Your generosity is helping us to realise that we are not alone.”  

In the eighth century the Moors conquered the entire Iberian Peninsula, and for the next 700 years the Spaniards fought back against the occupying Muslim forces. Many Christians were also captured by the Moors and sold as slaves. Not only were they deprived of their freedom but they were also in danger of losing their Christian faith. Young Pedro Nolasco, from Barcelona, decided that something must be done to help them. While still a youth he purchased the freedom of 300 such prisoners with money inherited from his father. In the year 1218 Our Lady appeared to him and asked him to establish an order to continue this work of freeing Christian slaves. So it was that the Order of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mercy was founded, more commonly known as the Mercedarians (from the Latin Maria de mercede redemptionis captivorum and the Spanish "Nuestra Señora de las Mercedes") and in England also as the Order of Our Lady of Ransom. 

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