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Aid to the Church in Need is a Pontifical Foundation of the Catholic Church, supporting the Catholic faithful and other Christians where they are persecuted, oppressed or in pastoral need. In Malta, the charity has a national office in Attard. Aid to the Church in Need as an international organisation At the instigation of Pope Pius XII, the international organisation Aid to the Church in Need was founded by Father Werenfried van Straaten, O. Praem. in 1947, when, that Christmas, he wrote an open letter, ‘No room at the inn’ highlighting the appalling situation facing post-war refugees. The secretariat of Aid to the Church in Need International (Kirche in Not/ Ostpriesterhilfe) is based in Königstein, Germany, where annually around 5,000 projects throughout the world are coordinated and information material produced.
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Aid to the Church in Need supports important projects which are undertaken by the local Church – bishops, priests, Sisters and lay people – in the 130-plus countries where we give aid. From building churches to providing copies of our Child’s Bible, our projects range from big to small and cover a whole range of ideas – including some very unusual ones! – to help nurture the faith of persecuted and suffering Christians. These pages give a flavour of some of the most common types of project we support.