Aid to the Church in Need (ACN)

Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) originated in 1947 as a Catholic aid organization for war refugees and was constituted as a Pontifical foundation in 2011. As a pastoral charity, ACN is dedicated to the service of Christians around the world, through information, prayer and action, wherever they are persecuted, oppressed or in need, due to poverty, war or catastrophe. Thanks to private donations, ACN supports every year over 5000 projects in close over 140 countries, providing both spiritual and material aid and support to the Church worldwide. A voice for those in need, ACN builds bridges of charity between benefactors and beneficiaries.


l’Œuvre d’Orient

Founded in 1856 by secular professors from Sorbonne University, l’Œuvre d’Orient is a French association that is devoted to helping Christians in the East. A church movement, it is under the protection of the Archbishop of Paris.

Thanks to its 76,500 donors, it supports the work of bishops and priests from a dozen eastern catholic churches and more than 60 religious congregations who help anyone, regardless of their faith.

L’Œuvre d’Orient has three main missions – education, medical and social care, and pastoral care – and works in 23 countries. Since the start of the conflict in Iraq and Syria, it has also been providing humanitarian aid on the ground to displaced populations and refugees in the Middle East.