The history of Aid to the Church in Need is the proof that,
even today, faith can still move mountains
A Catholic Church able to fulfill its calling worldwide
In December 2011, it was announced that Pope Benedict XVI had elevated the international organisation Aid to the Church in Need, of which the Maltese Office is a part, to the status of Pontifical Foundation. Previously the organisation had been a Universal Public Association, whose revised decrees were approved by the Congregation of the Clergy on 10 December 1997 (Decree No.97003166, Vatican City).
At the same time, the Holy Father appointed the Prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy, Cardinal Mauro Piacenza, to the position of President of the Foundation. Baron Johannes Freiherr Heereman is the Executive President of ACN International. In a nutshell, Aid to the Church in Need is a Pontifical Foundation of the Catholic Church, supporting the Catholic faithful and other Christians where they are persecuted, oppressed or in pastoral need.
PRAYER – INFORMATION – ACTION
ACN strengthens the Church through prayer, information and action where Christians are persecuted or suffering.
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