By Robert Lalonde, ACN Canada
Translated by Amanda Bridget Griffin
Montreal, Friday December 19, 2014 – Yesterday, the National Director of Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) Marie-Claude Lalonde, learned that Cardinal Beniamino Stella, prefect of the Congregation of Clergy, has appointed Msgr Christian Lépine, the Archbishop of Montreal, to sit on ACN’s International Board of Directors.
‘Msgr Lépine,’ says Marie-Claude Lalonde who rapidly communicated with the Archbishop of Montreal, ‘was happy to be nominated and demonstrated a great deal of enthusiasm when he learned of the new collaboration to come to the aid of poor and persecuted Christians throughout the world.’
Just recently, Msgr Lépine recently partnered with ACN Canada to participate last November in a campaign to provide help to Christians in the Middle East. He celebrated a Mass at Mary Queen of the World Cathedral, and the collection was given in its entirety to ACN.
In a letter he addressed to all the priests, deacons and consecrated persons as well as the faithful laypeople within the Archdiocese of Montreal, Msgr Lépine reminded us, when speaking about 200 million persecuted Christians in the world, ‘there is a responsibility to inform and to find ways of providing support.’ He also added that ACN, ‘who exercises the tripled task of praying, informing and giving, ‘is an organization whose support to support local churches where Christians are persecuted, has existed since 1947.