By Josue Villalón

St. Louis Hospital, which is run by the religious order Sisters of St. Joseph of the Apparition, is located in the city district of Ismailie in the western part of Aleppo. It is one of the few medical facilities that was left standing in the northern Syrian metropolis after the bomb attacks in December came to an end. “We are working day and night, in part for free, to treat those who were wounded during the war and the other sick people,” the medical director of the hospital, Dr George Theodory, says.  

By Maria Lozano

In the words of the Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Ettore Balestrero peace, reconciliation and social justice will be important themes during the Holy Father's visit to Colombia. "It is the beginning of a new chapter in the history of Colombia. Everything is open. The Colombians will be the authors of this new chapter. They will write it with the decisions they take."  

By Josemaria Claro (in Philippines)

AFTER more than three months in the hands of Islamist extremists, St Mary’s Cathedral in Marawi City has been retaken by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). 

By Murcadha O Flaherty

AS life-threatening poverty has left Syria’s war-torn families struggling to buy food, a leading Catholic charity has responded with much needed help. 

Rafael D’Aquí, the project section head with responsibility for Burkina Faso at the Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), recently visited this African country to study the needs of the local Catholic Church. In the interview below with Maria Lozano he explains the situation of the country following the terrorist attack on 13th August in which 17 people were killed. For now, despite the growing Islamic influence of the countries of the Arabian Peninsula, the relationship between Muslims and Christians in the country is still a peaceful one. 

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