About Aid to the Church in Need

Directly under the Holy See, Aid to the Church in Need is a registered charity dedicated to the support of persecuted and poverty-stricken Christians.

Founded in 1947 by Fr Werenfried van Straaten, whom Pope John Paul II named "An Outstanding Apostle of Charity", the organisation is now at work in about 130 countries throughout the world, especially Eastern Europe.

The charity – whose Irish office is in Glasnevin, Dublin 9 – undertakes thousands of projects every year including providing transport for clergy and lay Church workers, construction of church buildings, funding for priests and nuns and help to train seminarians. Since the initiative's launch in 1979, more than 50 million Aid to the Church in Need Child's Bibles have been distributed worldwide.


Each year Aid to the Church in Need

  • • Provide sustenance and the means of survival for approx. 20,000 priests.
  • • Support approx. 18,000 seminarians and religious and
  • • Distribute approx. 1.5 million catechetical books for children in over 170 languages.


The Mirror

Through our Mirror, we invite you to stay informed about the persecuted and suffering Church as well as our efforts to ease this suffering and promote the pastoral mission of the Church.

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