At the newly created Marian Shrine of Pleven the Catholics in Bulgaria are celebrating the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Fatima. The pontifical foundation Aid to the Church in Need had supported the construction of the church. 

By Olivier Labesse

According to the "Report on Religious Freedom in the World", published by the Catholic Charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), Mali descended into chaos in March 2013 following a military coup. As islamist jihadis and rebel groups threatened to overrun the whole country, France the colonial power up to 1960, intervened militarily. In 2015 the Malian government signed a peace agreement in Bumako with a section of the armed rebel groups. While the south is considered relatively secure, the situation in the north is tense.  

The funds helped finance 5,303 projects in 148 countries. 

By Josue Villalón

At the end of December 2016 the forces allied to President Bashar al Assad took definitive control of the city of Aleppo. Just six months have passed since the bombings ceased in this great northern city of Syria, the largest city in the country and its principal industrial centre which once numbered over 2 million inhabitants. “Now there are no more bombings and the streets are safe”, comments Chaldean Catholic Bishop Antoine Audo of Aleppo, who is also president of Caritas Syria. He was speaking to the delegation from the Catholic pastoral charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) which was visiting the city. “However, unfortunately the situation is not going to change greatly. The war will continue. It appears that Syria will remain divided, as has happened in Iraq.”

By Josue Villalón

The Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) has approved over $330,000 for the project “A Drop of Milk”. Through this project, milk is passed out to 2,850 children in Aleppo each month. A small delegation from ACN was recently there when the milk was distributed to families. The participants talk about how thankful the people are.

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