Benedict XVI backs Aid to the Church in Need
POPE Benedict XVI underlined his key support for Aid to the Church in Need at a meeting with leading staff from the charity.
ACN President Hans-Peter Röthlin told how the Pope was "visibly touched and very happy" when they discussed the Catholic charity, which supports persecuted and poverty-stricken Christians.
For many years, ACN has enjoyed very close links with the Pope and the charity's senior staff were keen to arrange a meeting with Benedict XVI as early as possible to renew the relationship, which had flourished under John Paul II and Aid to the Church in Need's founder, Fr Werenfried van Straaten.
Aid to the Church in Need has pledged support for August's World Youth Day and at the meeting between the Pontiff and Mr Röthlin, ACN's International Ecclesiastical Assistant, Fr Joaquín Alliende presented Benedict with a video recording of a musical he had written, to be performed at the event in Cologne. Titled The Pelican, the musical dramatizes the epic martyrdoms of the last century, a theme close to ACN's heart with its key support for the Church behind the Iron Curtain.
Also for the Youth Day, ACN is providing about 300,000 olive wood rosaries, to be used by the participants in an act of solidarity with the stricken Christians of the Holy Land, where the beads were made. With each rosary, ACN is providing a slip of paper with a "Prayer for Peace in the Holy Land".
Benedict backs ACN (ACN Media Release 16/6/05)
LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
Aid to the Church in Need (International Site)
Aid to the Church in Need (Australian Site)
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17 Jun 2005