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Celebrating Mass at St Augustine's Major Seminary, Nigeria.
Father Panachy Longinus Ogbede quoted John 1:4-5 when speaking to ACN following extremist Islamist attacks, including the beheading of 10 Christians on Christmas Day 2019 and members of a wedding party the following day. The horrors for the Church continued into 2020.

Around 400 Christians were killed during the first three months of 2020 as villages were attacked, churches burnt and Christians abducted – one kidnapped seminarian, 18-year-old Michael Nnadi, was killed.

At the seminarian’s funeral in February 2020, Bishop Matthew Kukah said:
“This death is a metaphor for the fate of all Christians in Nigeria but especially northern Nigeria. For us Christians, it would seem safe to say that we are all marked men and women today. Yet, we must be ready to be washed in the blood of the lamb.”
Attacks continued: in April, 32 Christians in Kaduna and Plateau States were slaughtered in their homes as they observed a COVID-19 lockdown. The attack was blamed on members of the Fulani herder community.

This is why ACN has responded in love with projects including trauma care for victims of Islamists, ongoing support for communities under attack and rebuilding churches destroyed by extremists, so that the light of Christ can shine ever more brightly in the darkness of their lives.

 
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AFRICA: As persecution grows in Africa, ACN meets the need
With attacks on Christians rising across Africa, ACN has announced that the continent was the highest recipient of its aid over the course of 2019.
During a year in which more than 1,000 Christians were killed in Nigeria alone, according to reports, Aid to the Church in Need prioritised essential aid for Africa. Read more here.
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Thanks to YOU...
The faith-based projects ACN supports are many and varied. This month, thanks to your wonderful and prayerful compassion, ACN in the UK is able to offer help towards the training of 49 Seminarians in Romania. Other projects this June include training for parish leaders in Papua New Guinea, a car for pastoral work in Pakistan,  COVID-19 help for the Greek Catholic church in Ukraine, family values education in Rwanda and a Retreat for 59 priests in Zimbabwe. 
Thank you for being the ‘hands of God’ and helping the Faith to flourish.
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