Aid to the Church in Need
Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) is an international papal foundation that provides pastoral and humanitarian assistance to the persecuted Church around the world. For 70 years, our donors have reached out to the suffering, the distressed and the poorest of the poor in more than 145 countries. Our objectives are: to support and promote the Church, especially in countries where Christians are suffering persecution or discrimination; to further the other charitable work of the Church by providing practical assistance and pastoral care for persons in need, especially those who are living in, or are refugees from, such countries. Each year, ACN fulfills more than 5,000 projects through its spiritual and material aid programs. Its overarching goal: to help strengthen the Church and keep the faith alive around the world.
Knights of Columbus
Knights of Columbus is the world’s largest Catholic fraternal organization, whose first principle is charity. That principle continues to guide the Knights’ projects in communities throughout the United States and around the world. The Knights first began assisting Christian refugees in the Middle East in the 1920s in the aftermath of World War I. More recently, in the aftermath of ISIS’ recent genocide, the Knights of Columbus committed more than $15 million to supporting Christians and other religious minorities primarily in Iraq and Syria. Because the
Christian refugees in the region have often been overlooked by American government and UN aid programs, the Knights have focused on providing these neglected communities – and the others they care for – with funds for medical care, food, clothing, housing and general relief. In addition, the Knights of Columbus has committed $2 million to save the predominately Christian town of Karemles. The Knights also led advocacy and awareness campaigns in support of the genocide designations by both houses of Congress and by the Secretary of State.