A jubilant Archbishop Warda © Aid to the Church in Need

By Maria Lozano 

For Chaldean Archbishop Bashar Matti Warda of Erbil, who attended the ceremony in Telleskuf (Teleskuf ) last Friday, 8th December, the re-consecration of the church of St George was a symbol of hope and victory. He said “DAESH wanted to eliminate the Christian presence here, but IS is gone and the Christians of Telleskuf are back.” 

Melkite Catholic Patriarch Youssef Absi presides at the re-consecration of the altar in the Cathedral of Our Lady Queen of Peace © Aid to the Church in Need

By Maria Lozano 

The re-consecration of the altar in the Cathedral of Our Lady Queen of Peace on Friday, 1st December was a new milestone on the journey back to normality in the city of Homs. At one time the centre of the war in Syria, the city was for three years – from 2011 to 2014 – the scene of innumerable bombings and fierce fighting which left the city utterly devastated. 

The children of the Catholic schools of Natitingou in Benin gather to pray for peace in the world © Aid to the Church in Need

By Karla Sponar 

The International children’s prayer campaign ‘A Million Children praying the Rosary’, which has been supported for several years now by the Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), has had a particular impact in the country of Benin in West Africa. The campaign goes back to an idea of Saint (Padre) Pio of Pietrelcina, who in some way foresaw the great spiritual potential of these little ones when he said, “If a million children were to pray the Rosary, the world would change.” This year, for instance in the diocese Natitingou in Benin, the children there have proved him right.

Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa © Aid to the Church in Need

By John Newton 

THE Holy Land’s most senior Roman Catholic bishop has spoken out against President Trump’s decision to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem.

Talking to Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need, Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, warned that the move could increase tensions in the region. He said: “I think that this will create a big problem, an explosion in all of the Arab countries especially the Muslim countries. Jerusalem should be at the end of these negotiations, not the beginning. And any unilateral decision will create more frustration, and anger and I’m afraid will bring to more violence. I don’t think it is wise to do it in this way.” 

Sr Ni’am packing hampers with some of her helpers © Aid to the Church in Need

Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) is committed to ensuring that the Iraqi children from the Nineveh plains will not be without Christmas presents this year.

By Maria Lozano

It is a large warehouse with white and grey walls. Dozens of boxes are piled up on the floor. It might seem to be a somewhat gloomy-looking building, but in fact it is a warehouse of dreams. Beneath the concrete beams and among the wooden pallets, dozens of pairs of hands work industriously and happy faces smile. In the last few days volunteers from the Chaldean Catholic parish of Erbil in Iraq have become Santa’s little helpers here in the warehouse.

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