Donations Up at Aid to the Church in Need

KOENIGSTEIN, Germany, JULY 14, 2004 ( Donations from 334,000 benefactors raised the income of Aid to the Church in Need by 1.2% in 2003 over the previous year.

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The beneficiaries were Christians who are suffering in many parts of the world, and who are the primary reason for ACN’s existence.

Last year, ACN income amounted to $89.7 million, compared with $88.6 million (according to the present exchange rate) in 2002, the group’s new annual report says.

The amount collected was allocated to ACN’s work in 135 countries, eight more than the previous year. Among the latter are predominantly Muslim countries, such as Algeria, Libya, Morocco and Jordan, where the Catholic community has difficulties in living its faith.

The largest donations were reported by ACN secretariats in France ($15.9 million), Germany ($14.1 million) and Switzerland ($7.6 million).

The report also shows a marked increased in donations from Chile, up 89%, and Brazil, up 37%, two countries which both contribute funds to ACN and receive aid from it.

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