By Murcadha O Flaherty

Users of new technology are unwittingly fueling violence in Africa and exploiting workers, according to leading priests in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), who have spoken out against alleged corruption in the production of minerals used in mobile phones and other electronic devices.   

By Eva-Maria Kolmann

The last few Easters were sad ones for the people of Aleppo. Good Friday was ever present, the light of the resurrection seemed far away. Only last year, Sister Annie Demerjian said to the Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), “Our children get coffins for Easter.” The name Aleppo had become synonymous with death, sorrow and horror.   

A NEWLY ORDINATED priest has described returning with the Blessed Sacrament to his home village in northern Iraq after it was finally liberated from Daesh (ISIS) extremists. Father Martin Banni, who as a seminarian in August 2014 fled Karamlesh holding the Blessed Sacrament, reported to Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) how he had just gone back to the village in the Nineveh Plains, carrying the Sacred Host.  

Fr Philippe Blot, who belongs to the congregation of Paris priests committed to serve in foreign missions, has visited North Korea on several occasions, taking considerable risks. He spoke late last month at an ACN event in Paris. 

Coptic Catholic Bishop Kyrillos William of Assiut has called on Christian believers throughout the world to pray for the victims and families of the victims of the suicide bomb attacks on two Coptic Orthodox churches in the cities of Tanta and Alexandria on Palm Sunday yesterday (9 April), which claimed the lives of at least 44 people and have left a further 120 or more wounded. He added that he himself has received numerous messages from all over the world, following the attacks, promising prayers and sympathy for him and for all the Christians of Egypt. "Prayer is the most important thing we can ask for at this time", he told the Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN).  

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