We oversee the vast East Asian and Oceanic region with a total of three units. The Church problems here mostly encompass conflicts of faith, lack of tolerance, social inequality, the crisis in education and a lack of infrastructure. Together with our project partners, we frequently face seemingly insurmountable obstacles. But despite all the difficulties, we realise time and again that our assistance operations are improving the situation of the Church in the medium to long term.

In some cases, such as in China, patience and perseverance are often required to overcome political obstacles and initiate aid projects. Sometimes, however, nature poses a major challenge for our project partners, e.g. in Papua New Guinea, where many Christian communities in remote regions are difficult to reach.

» Violent conflicts of faith are still the biggest problem. «

Tribal culture in Papua New Guinea: young boy wearing a rosary

In many areas, the most serious concern for the Church is the struggle with other religious denominations. This is particularly true in India and Pakistan, where Christian minorities are exposed daily to the dangers of discrimination, persecution and even assassination.

In many places, it should not be underestimated how difficult it is for indigenous populations to adapt to the challenges of progress. Particularly in the oceanic region, such as in the Philippines or in Papua New Guinea, many believers feel uprooted and abandoned by progress. Here, we consider it our task to help our project partners in offering people prayer and orientation through the Bible and catechesis in a world that has been turned upside down.

Aid:
15.2% of total

To find out more about ACN’s work around the world
please download our Activity Report 2016

» May the Lord make your prayers and your commitment to the mission of the Church always bring forth more fruit through the world, especially where it is suffering from spiritual and material needs or is discriminated against and persecuted. «

–– Pope Francis

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Founded in 1947 as a Catholic aid organization for war refugees and recognized 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. ACN supports every year an average of 6000 projects in close to 150 countries, thanks to private donations, as the foundation receives no public funding. ACN – Aid to the Church in Need gGmbH, HRB 8446 is non-profit organization officially registered in Germany and audited internationally by KPMG.