By Maria Lozano

The 7th November 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the October Revolution in Russia. The revolution developed into a brutal civil war that ended with the establishment of the communist Soviet Union: a violent dictatorship ideologically rooted in Marxism, Leninism and Stalinism. This began one of the worst periods of persecution in Church history. Now, one hundred years later, it is the Christians in the Middle East who are being persecuted and it is the Church in Russia, once severely persecuted itself, that is working together with the Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) to support those being persecuted today.   

Children from around the world will pray for peace on the 18th October 2017 - One Million Children Praying the Rosary can change the world 

By Eva Maria Kolmann

Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz of Minsk-Mohilev deplores the violation of the rights of the Catholic church in Belarus. In a document that has been made available to the Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), he calls for the signing of a concordat between the Belarus state and the Catholic church, a pact that has been in the making for many years, but has yet to be signed. “Without a concordat of this kind in place, the church in the Republic of Belarus cannot completely fulfil its mission as it does in other countries,” he explained. The church is not demanding “any privileges, but an acknowledgement of its rights in order to be able to adequately carry out its work.”  

By John Newton

BURMA (MYANMAR)’S most senior Catholic bishop has expressed support for Daw Aung San Suu Kyi – despite the international community’s widespread criticism of her response to the country’s Rohingya crisis. 

By John Newton

CHURCH leaders in northern Iraq have issued a stark warning that the crisis triggered by last week’s Kurdistan independence referendum could endanger the region’s Christian presence.  

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