“Please pray for us so that peace and stability may once again prevail in our terror-stricken homeland of Iraq.
“For our part we pray for all those who cooperate with you in alleviating the plight of our Christian community.”
– Archbishop Paulos Faraj Rahho of Mosul, Iraq, in a letter requesting Mass stipends from Aid to the Church in Need in January 2008. Six weeks later, he died after being kidnapped outside his cathedral.
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Help a priest in his ministry of love
A priest is Christ’s representative on earth. By fulfilling their sacramental role, priests are the visible sign of God’s consoling presence. They have taken vows to bring the Word of God to all those who long for Him.
Listen to a meditation on the 2009-2010 Year for Priests and the Pope’s encyclical Caritas in Veritate by Father Martin Edwards, Aid to the Church in Need’s Ecclesiastical Assistant
Aid to the Church in Need works with so many priests who deserve the title ‘hero’. Their humble and courageous witness to the Faith has brought the love of God into the lives of millions of people.
Thanks to you, we are able to help about 25,000 priests a year, as well as 15,000 seminarians.
Announcing the 2009-2010 Year for Priests, Pope Benedict XVI wrote: “How can I not pay tribute to the apostolic labours, the tireless and hidden service and the universal charity of priests today?”
Likewise, Aid to the Church in Need pays tribute to the courage of priests in our book, Heroic Priests. The book profiles the remarkable stories of 12 priests – a fraction of those who could have deservedly been included.
You can read a short profile of these servants of God on our Heroic Priests page – or if you want to know their full stories, you can buy the book Heroic Priests for just £1.95 (plus P+P) in our online shop.
Blessings at an outdoor service
Sacrament of Reconciliation
Bringing a child to God, through Baptism
Offering the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass
'Where two or three meet in my name, I shall be there with them' Matthew 18:20
Gathering to hear the Word of God
Bringing God to remote areas
'Suffer the little children to come unto me'.
How can I help support a poor priest?
Many priests who receive your help are ministering in the very poorest parts of the world. They rely on your kindness to provide the very basics for themselves and their parishes.
You can help support priests by making a Mass Offering. A priest in one of the 130 countries we help will celebrate Mass for your intentions.
If you would like to have Mass celebrated for your intentions on a regular basis, you might like to set up a standing order.
In thanks for your Offerings, the priests will bring your intentions to the altar of God, remembering all benefactors who help them in their ministry.