Pope Francis inspects the Lamborghini that was donated to assist charitable causes © Aid to the Church in Need

By Marta Petrosillo 

“Iraqi Christians were deeply moved by the gesture of the Holy Father,” said Chaldean Catholic Patriarch of Babylon Louis Raphaël I Sako to Aid to the Church in Need (ACN). Pope Francis has promised to donate a part of the funds raised from the auction of a special edition Lamborghini Huracan to charities including ACN. The Holy Father recently received the sports car as a gift. Pope Francis would like to use some of the proceeds from the auction to support Aid to the Church in Need’s project for Christians returning to their villages on the Nineveh Plains in northern Iraq. 

Christian children in the IDP camp in the Diocese of Erbil set up for Iraqi Christians expelled from their homes by IS © Aid to the Church in Need

By Karla Sponar

Advent is a “time of expectation”. For thousands of Iraqi Christians, the wait after they were driven out by the terrorist organisation IS has stretched out to an indefinite period. Since 2014, many of them have had to leave their homes. They now want to go back to the places where their ancestors have lived since the beginnings of Christianity. However, since they were driven away, their houses have been destroyed, damaged and looted. The Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) is assisting the displaced Iraqi Christians to return home. 

Maronite Bishop Michel Aoun of the Eparchy of Jbeil in Lebanon © Aid to the Church in Need

Maronite Catholic bishop calls on Western governments to recognize vital role of Christians in bringing peace to the Middle East

By Joop Koopman

Every third person is by now a refugee in Lebanon, the majority of them being Muslims. Absorbing a large number of Sunnis, the country now faces new threats to its internal equilibrium. The Maronite Bishop Michel Aoun heads the Eparchy of Jbeil in Lebanon, where he teaches sacramental theology at the Holy Spirit University in Beirut. On a recent visit to New York he spoke with the papal charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) in particular on the local Church’s role in coming to the aid of the 1.5 million Syrian refugees in Lebanon, an influx that has posed enormous challenges for a country whose own population is just 4.5 million. 

Pope Francis inspects the Lamborghini that was donated to assist charitable causes © Aid to the Church in Need

By Marta Petrosillo

A brand new, special edition Lamborghini Huracan sports car presented to Pope Francis will be auctioned off and the proceeds donated to charity. 

Part of the funds raised from the Sotheby’s auction will go to the Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) to help with its work rebuilding Christian settlements on the Nineveh Plains destroyed by Daesh (ISIS). 

President of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Burundi, Bishop of Muyinga Joachim Ntahondereye pointing out Burundi on a map of Africa © Aid to the Church in Need

“Christianity is a religion of witnesses.”

The Catholic Bishops Conference of Burundi promotes an inclusive dialogue for enduring peace.   

Since April of 2015 when President Pierre Nkurunziza declared himself willing to run for a third term of office, Burundi has been experiencing a severe political crisis that has claimed the lives of hundreds and caused the exile of thousands of people. An interview with Joachim Ntahondereye, Bishop of Muyinga and President of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Burundi. 

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