The international Catholic pastoral charity and pontifical foundation Aid to the Church in Need (ACN International), which has 23 national offices and over 330,000 private benefactors throughout the world, raised over 106 million Euros in the year 2019 for suffering and persecuted Christians all over the world, maintaining roughly the same level as in the previous year.
With the additional help of some 5 million Euros in donations carried forward from the previous year, the charity was able to fund activities to a total value of 111.2 million Euros. Some 80.4 percent of these – or approximately 90 million Euros – were spent on the three areas regarded by the charity as the main “pillars” of its mission: direct financial support via various aid projects, providing information about the situation of Christians in various different countries and encouraging Christians to pray for their suffering brethren.
Altogether, the charity sponsored 5,230 projects, providing assistance for a wide range of different needs in 139 different countries, above all in Africa and the Middle East, to a total value of 75.9 million Euros. This was an increase of 211 projects compared to 2018, and benefited a total of 1,162 different dioceses, over one-third of all the Catholic dioceses in the world.