146 million Euros in donations for suffering Christians around the world

ACN presents its 2022 annual accounts which reflect a year of record support to suffering Christians. Ukraine was the largest individual recipient of help in 2022, receiving almost 10% of aid, and Africa was the region that received most support.

Pontifical Foundation Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) broke another record in 2022, having topped 145 million Euros in donations received.

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Training of the formees for the Missionary Sisters of Mary Help of Christians in India

ACN does not receive money from states or from other NGOs, which means that all this aid was only possible due to the generosity of more than 364,000 individual benefactors who donated a record total of 145,995,491 Euros during 2022, almost 13 million more than in 2021.

In a message to these benefactors, departing International Executive President of ACN, Thomas Heine-Geldern, says that “it is with gratitude and humility that we see that the blessing of the Almighty has once again rested on our work, and that our benefactors have heard the cries of our oppressed brothers and sisters. This allows us to face the future with confidence, even though our help will continue to be needed for years to come”.

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Humanitarian aid for refugees in the IDP Camp in Guma, Nigeria

Together with 2.7 million Euros taken from reserves of previous years, activities amounting to 148.7 million Euros were financed in 2022. Of this total amount of expenditure, 82.6%, or 122.8 million Euros, was dedicated to mission-related activities. These were are project funding (87.2%), information, advocacy and evangelisation work (12.8%) that characterise ACN’s mission.

A total of 17.4% of the total expenses, or 25.9 million Euros, went to administration (6.7%) and fundraising (10.7%)

Global reach of the help for suffering Christians

The largest single recipient of ACN help in 2022 was Ukraine, where the foundation stepped up its assistance at a time when the Ukrainian Catholic Church is in a particularly difficult situation due to the ongoing conflict. A total of 353 projects were supported in the country, especially to help priests, religious, seminarians and other Church workers who have been working with refugees and others in desperate situations. With 9.5 million Euros, Ukraine absorbed almost 10% of ACN aid during this year.

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Support for pastoral programmes in the parishes of Wabag diocese in Papua-New-Guinea

Regionally, Africa received the most aid provided by ACN benefactors, with 31.5%, followed by the Middle East and Central and Eastern Europe, with 18.1% and 17.7% respectively. Latin America received 16.7% of aid, and Asia and Oceania 14.6%, with the remaining 1.4% going to other areas.

Besides the sum allocated to assistance projects, 15.7 million Euros went to information, evangelisation and advocacy work, including the publication of religious literature, prayer campaigns and the defence of the interests of persecuted and needy Christians in decision-making centres.

Close to 6,000 projects funded for suffering Christians

ACN’s aid translated into 972 construction projects, over one third of which were churches or chapels; 1,253 vehicles, including 564 cars, 252 motorcycles, 16 boats, 11 buses and 4 trucks, as well as 406 bicycles to make life easier for pastoral workers to carry out their missions, especially in Africa and Latin America. The foundation also supported over 40,000 priests with Mass stipends and close to 21,000 religious sisters, as well as almost 14,000 seminarians.

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Support for the Seminary in Bare, Nigeria

Overall, ACN funded a total of 5,702 projects, which is 404 more than in 2021. These projects were carried out in 1,199 dioceses – over a third of the total in the Catholic Church – in 128 countries. The largest project supported was the restoration of a partly destroyed parish centre in Iraq, at almost one million Euros, and the smallest was a training programme in Colombia, valued at 300 Euros.

The financial results of ACN worldwide are being audited by the firm PwC (Price Waterhouse Coopers).

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