The international organisation Aid to the Church in Need was founded by Father Werenfried van Straaten, O Praem., over sixty years ago. The objects of Aid to the Church in Need’s mission are:
• to advance the Christian religion by supporting and promoting the Church, especially in countries where Christians are suffering persecution or discrimination; • to further the other charitable work of the Church by providing practical assistance and pastoral care for persons in need, especially those who are living in, or are refugees from, such countries.
Each year Aid to the Church in Need makes grants to help fund around 5,000 projects, primarily in the following areas:
•provision of catechetical material and books
•broadcasting the Faith
•help with church buildings
•support for the training of seminarians
•grants for the formation of religious and catechists
•subsidies for priests through grants and Mass stipends
•emergency aid to refugees
•provision of transport for those involved in the Church’s mission.