Christian children in Sudan’s refugee camps are not receiving food unless they say Islamic prayers, according to reports received by sources close to Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need. A contact, who asked to remain anonymous for security reasons, described how Christian refugees from South Sudan are “in a terrible situation” in refugee camps in Sudan.
By Maria Lozano
Twenty years after the death of St. Teresa of Calcutta thousands of Christians and Muslims came together to celebrate the consecration of the Roman Catholic Co-cathedral in Pristina. St. Teresa Cathedral is the only one in the world dedicated to the Albanian saint. The consecration took place on 5th September, on the first anniversary of Mother Teresa’s canonization. It was not just an inauguration, but also an ecumenical and interreligious event.
On 6th August – the Day of Prayer for Persecuted Christians – the Brazilian national office of ACN invited Moussa Diabate from Mali in Africa to talk on the topic of religious freedom. He spoke about the reality and the sad tragedy of religious intolerance – but the same time of the hope that is born when God touches our lives, bringing about in our days the same conversion that transformed Saul, the persecutor of Christians, into Saint Paul the apostle, proving that there are no limits to love when we open our hearts to God.
The Catholic pastoral charity and pontifical foundation Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) will at the same time renew its consecration to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Over the past 25 years it has funded more than 400 projects related to this Marian devotion.
By Murcadha O Flaherty
RELIGIOUS Sisters in Iraq have set out plans to return to a key town in the ancient Nineveh Plains where they hope to provide help and healing for thousands of Christian families returning there.