The challenges facing the Church in the vast area of Asia and Oceania vary greatly from region to region. In most countries in Asia and Oceania, people have to bear bitter poverty. This is exacerbated by the fact that in most Asian countries, Christians are in the minority and suffer from persecution and discrimination. For example, Christians in South and South-east Asia have been suffering for years from the rise of Islamism or – as in India – from extreme Hindu nationalism, which has already claimed many Christian victims.
» The Church is often the only institution that fights for the rights of minorities. «
In Asia, with Oceania, there are also many natural disasters, frequently caused by the effects of climate change. Migration to cities coupled with social and cultural uprooting are often the consequences. Here the Church, in addition to its pastoral mission, is also a source of charitable assistance. But it can hardly cope with its tasks without outside support. In 2018, ACN supported the Church in Asia and Oceania with a total of 12.1 million euros.