Aid to the Church in Need ( Kirche in Not in German, Aiuto alla Chiesa che soffre in Italian) Describes Itself as “international pastoral year aid organization of the Catholic Church , qui yearly offers financial backing to more than 5,000 projects worldwide. It tries to help Catholics in need where they are repressed or persecuted and prevented from living according to their faith. “
Aid to the Church in Need Was founded by Dutch Catholic priest Father Werenfried van Straaten in 1947.   The initial goal Was to aid German expellees and Refugees Fled from gold Expelled from Eastern Europe in the wake of the Second World War , many of them Catholic. 
Its international headquarters are in Königstein , Germany , and it maintains branches in 20 countries of the world. Its main publication is Mirror .
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