A woman praying in St Augustine's Church, Maiduguri Diocese, Nigeria © ACN.

MORE persecution is taking place in Nigeria than anywhere else in the world and a sudden surge in violence has put the faithful in greater danger than ever. Latest reports state that more than 900 Christians were killed this year alone within just three months. 
Desperate to help their flock, bishops have turned to ACN for help and – thanks to you – the charity is offering emergency help. In June 2022, at least 41 people – many of them children – were killed when gunmen opened fire during Pentecost Sunday Mass at St Francis Xavier Catholic Church, in Ondo State. 

Father Andrew Adeniyi Abayomi who was saying the Mass, said: “I could not run as I was surrounded by children, while some adults clung to me, even inside my chasuble. I shielded them just as a hen shields her chicks. I heard the voices of my parishioners: ‘Father, please save us; Father pray.’” 
ACN has pledged to offer emergency help following the massacre. This help is needed to provide food, clothing and counselling in Anambra State, where horrific attacks have taken place, as well as for a vehicle to ferry aid to remote villages targeted in Kafanchan Diocese.

 Please click here to find out how you can help!

Archive image of the 2019 Ankawa Youth Meeting (© ACN)
ACN News 
IRAQ: Gathering the youth in hope     
More than 1,700 young people from all corners of Iraq are converging for the largest Christian youth festival of its kind to be held in the country.
The three-day Ankawa Youth Meeting (AYM) started yesterday (Thursday 1st September), with youth from as far afield as Zakho, in the far north, Basra in the extreme south-east and Sulaymaniyah close to Iraq’s eastern border. 
Sponsored by organisations including Aid to the Church in Need, the youth festival staged near Erbil in the Kurdish north of Iraq, includes Mass, Confession, retreats, seminars, debate, catechesis and other Christian education. AYM will include visits to churches and monasteries for those interested in trying their vocations as priests and Sisters. 
The young people will also lead discussions about their hopes for the Church, how Christians should use social media and how the message of Christianity inspires them. 
Please click here to read this inspiring story.
ACN Website

Every year, the number of people using our website is increasing. We want to make it as easy as possible for benefactors to find what they are looking for and to make a donation or purchase products. To help us make changes that benefit everyone, this weekend, could you - or friends and family - help us arrange existing and proposed website  ‘content’ headings into logical groupings, with headings that make sense to YOU! 
The ‘card sort’ exercise takes up to 30 mins, is anonymous and there are no right and wrong answers. The more people who complete it, the better we will understand what YOU want from our website. The website is crucial to our work, so by helping us make it more usable, you will be helping us to support even more persecuted and suffering Christians.
If you like puzzles or like creating order out of chaos, this is one for you. Simply set aside some time, arm yourself with some biscuits and tea (or something stronger) and follow this link
THANK YOU SO MUCH – and have a great weekend.
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