Aid to the Church in Need
Aid To the Church In Need (ACN) is a registered charity running directly under the Holy See which is dedicated to support the suffering and persecuted Church throughout the world.
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 over 140 countries.
The charity undertakes thousands of projects every year including, provision of transport for clergy and lay Church workers, construction of church buildings, funding for priests and nuns in their mission and in their formation. Additionally, the papal charity also hosts a substantial media apostolate. For example, it has distributed more than more than 50 million Aid to the Church in Need Child’s Bibles in over 170 languages since 1979.
Here Dr Michael Kinsella, who works for ACN speaks with Conor Deane about its work, his own role within the organisation and its future plans.
As a lecturer in UCD, Dr. Kinsella’s academic work also focuses on the research of ethics and international relations.