A woman visits a cemetery on All Souls’ Day to pray for the departed during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Sukhomoy Sen / NurPhoto / PA Images)
India is suffering one of the worst COVID-19 crises in the world – more than 30 million people have fallen ill with the virus and upwards of 350,000 have died.

During the pandemic, priests, Sisters and lay Church workers are doing all they can to support those who are suffering.
Archbishop Anil Couto of Delhi told ACN: “The importance of pastoral work in this time of crisis cannot be exaggerated.”

The work of Sisters, priests and others witnessing to Christ’s love in one of the countries most severely affected by the pandemic is truly heroic. ACN has provided support for those helping the sick and some of the most vulnerable in society after they lost their income because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Only through your generosity can we help them to reach out to those most in need.

In a message to you, Archbishop Couto said: “I just want to thank all our benefactors for all the solidarity they always manifest with the Church in Need and right now undergoing much suffering due to COVID-19.

“Please keep it up – your concern and your love give us the strength to go ahead and be courageous witnesses of the Good News of Our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Read more here

PAKISTAN: Charity’s taxi service of solidarity and hope

The family of a Christian girl in Pakistan who was tethered with a rope and shackled round her ankles, are making a fresh start after a Catholic charity provided them with an auto-rickshaw.
The ACN-funded vehicle will enable Asif Masih, the father of 12-year-old Farah (extreme left), to find work as a taxi driver. Read more here.
Grand plant sale at Ealing Abbey – Sunday 27th June
A wide selection of plants will be available at St Benedict’s, Ealing, at Aid to the Church in Need’s grand plant sale. Among the plants on sale will be perennials, houseplants, herbs and vegetables. Succulents will be a speciality! Proceeds will go to ACN’s work. The sale will take place at the rear of Ealing Abbey car park in Montpelier Avenue W5 2XP from 9am to 1.30pm. Read more here.
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Floral Hand-painted Cross
This brightly-coloured hand-painted wooden hanging cross with attached ribbon is made in India under Fair Trade Standards. A lovely gift to brighten up any room. Buy it here.
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