We are Ireland’s leading charity for protecting the rights of Christians and supporting the suffering and persecuted Church. 


About Us

Each year we fund more than 5,000 projects in over 140 countries around world, helping to support the Church in its mission, and bringing hope and solidarity to millions of people. We support important projects which are undertaken by the local Church in the countries where we provide aid, all thanks to private donations, as the foundation receives no public funding.

From building churches to providing catechetical books to emergency aid, our projects range from big to small and cover a whole range of ideas to help nurture the faith internationally and support persecuted and suffering Christians wherever they are in need.




From Iraq, Syria, and Saudi Arabia to India, Egypt, and North Korea we work tirelessly to ease the suffering of those in need.




From emergency aid for refugees in Syria to training seminarians in the Congo, we provide support for the Church wherever it is needed.




From homes and schools to hospitals and churches, we fund thousands of building projects every year.


Our History

For more than 70 years, Aid to the Church in Need has reached out to the persecuted, the suffering and the poorest of the poor around the world. Founded in 1947 as a Catholic aid organisation by Father Werenfried van Straaten for war refugees and recognised as a papal foundation since 2011, ACN is dedicated to the service of Christians around the world, through information, prayer and action, wherever they are persecuted or oppressed or suffering material need.

Aid to the Church in Need is consecrated to Our Lady of Fatima because Father Werenfried van Straaten considered the foundation of the charity to be in response to the message of Fatima.

The Pontifical Foundation Aid to the Church in Need continues to support those who are at the forefront of the fight for world peace, bringing about the triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Our work is made possible thanks to the donations from faithful who believe in the power of love and mercy.

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