Johannes Freiherr Heereman von Zuydtwyck, Executive President of Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), a Pontifical Foundation, has welcomed the election of the Holy Father.
“After days of prayer and waiting during which not only the voting Cardinals, but also the whole Church had gathered in the Spirit to conduct the Papal election, God has blessed us with a pre-Easter joy: 'Habemus papam.' We thank Divine Providence for the new Spiritual Leader of the Church, the Holy Father Francis I. We ask that he be granted God's power and light and entrust his pontificate to the intercession of Mary and the intercessory prayers of the Church.
Just as the Cardinals did immediately after the election, so we also wish to promise Pope Francis I loyalty and obedience, which is obedience to God and to the truth revealed by Him.
As an international Catholic pastoral charity under papal law, Aid to the Church in Need supports the Holy Father throughout the world in his task of strengthening the community of faith and love.
Christ's order to Peter: 'Feed my sheep' is preceded by the Lord's question: 'Lovest thou me?' We also wish to respond to this call, the answer to which was: 'Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee,' and to do this by our prayers, by preaching the Gospel and by helping the suffering and persecuted brothers and sisters worldwide.”
With pictures of Pope Francis I (© Grzegorz Galazka)
Directly under the Holy Father, Aid to the Church in Need supports the faithful wherever they are persecuted, oppressed or in pastoral need. ACN is a Catholic charity - helping to bring Christ to the world through prayer, information and action.
Founded in 1947 by Father Werenfried van Straaten, whom Pope John Paul II named “An Outstanding Apostle of Charity,” the organization is now at work in over 145 countries throughout the world.
The charity undertakes thousands of projects every year including providing transport for clergy and lay Church workers, construction of church buildings, funding for priests and nuns and help to train seminarians. Since the initiative’s launch in 1979, 43 million Aid to the Church in Need Child’s Bibles have been distributed worldwide.