Fr. Werenfried Van Stratten

Directly under the Holy See, Aid to the Church in Need is a registered charity dedicated to the support of the suffering and persecuted Church throughout the world.

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

The charity undertakes thousands of projects every year including provision of transport for clergy and lay Church workers, construction of church buildings, funding for priests and nuns in their mission and in their formation. Additionally the papal charity also hosts a substantial media apostolate. For example since 1979 more than more than 50 million Aid to the Church in Need Child’s Bibles in over 170 languages have been distributed worldwide. In fact…


Each year Aid to the Church in Need...

20,000

Impoverished Priests

Provide sustenance and the means of survival for approx. 20,000 impoverished priests who labour in most testing of the Lord’s vineyards and during the most trying of times.

18,000

Seminarians and Religious

Aid with the formation of approx. 18,000 seminarians and religious and

1,700,000

Catechetical Books

Produce and distribute more than 1.5 million catechetical books in over 170 languages.