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Aid to the Church in Need receives 2016 Poverello Award

October 12, 2016

The international charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) has been named to recipient of the 2016 Poverello Award, given by the Franciscan University of Steubenville to honor individuals or institutions who exemplify the virtue of St. Francis of Assisi, Il Poverello.

Accepting the award at an October 11 ceremony, ACN chairman George Marlin said that the award “truly honors the men and women, the bishops, priests, and religious who battle for their lives every day in countries like Syria and Iraq and wherever the faith is threatened.” ACN committed $20 million to projects assisting embattled Christians in the Middle East last year, in addition to the organization’s charitable work elswhere around the world. Marlin explained the high priority ACN has attached to the Middle East by saying that Christianity is “at risk of disappearing from the lands of its birth.”

Previous recipients of the Poverello Award have included Mother Teresa of Calcutta, Father Benedict Groeschel, and, last year, the Little Sisters of the Poor.


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