“Be God’s Mercy” – Aid to the Church in Need global campaign

Aid to the Church in Need launches a global campaign asking Christians around to world to “Be God’s Mercy” and celebrate the love and compassion of Christ by helping Christians in need.

His Holiness Pope Francis has given his personal support to ACN’s “Be God’s Mercy” campaign to mark the Pontiff’s Year of Mercy. The “Be God’s Mercy” campaign was launched today at a press conference in the offices of Vatican Radio in Rome.

Speaking via video message, Pope Francis personally calls on people to “carry out works of mercy together with ACN in every corner of the world, in order to meet the many, many needs of today”.

In the message, the Pope continued: “I am entrusting these works to Aid to the Church in Need.”

The link between Pope Francis and ACN go back a long way. While still Archbishop of Buenos Aires, the then Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio carried out a number of projects with the help of ACN.

Pope Francis has also made a gift through ACN to provide medicine for St Joseph’s Clinic, Erbil, in the Kurdish north of the country, giving medical help to the displaced.

The Pope’s gift will allow Archbishop Bashar Warda of Erbil to continue his work helping Christians and others who fled Islamist terror group Daesh (ISIS) in Iraq.

“Be God’s Mercy” will focus on raising awareness and funds for Christians in need around the world. Support for pastoral projects will enable Priests, Sisters and the Church to provide much-needed practical and spiritual aid, including Christian drug rehabilitation centres in Brazil, support groups for women who have suffered violence and numerous others.

“Be Gods Mercy” will continue until 4th October, the Feast of St Francis of Assisi, a saint close to the Pope’s heart.

God’s Mercy projects will include support for victims of the March 2015 suicide bomb blasts on two churches in Pakistan as well as continuing our emergency aid relief in Iraq and Syria. With your help we are supporting hundreds and thousands of Christians who are displaced and in desperate need.

In Iraq there are now fewer than 270,000 Christians left – your support can keep a Christian presence in the region. Could you “Be God’s Mercy” and support refugee families in Iraq, Syria and the Middle East and provide them with essential aid?

ACN is inviting all UK Christians to answer Pope Francis’ call to “Be God’s Mercy”.

For more information about ACN’s “Be Gods Mercy” campaign please visit www.acnmercy.org

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