By Maria Lozano

“If we don’t do anything, the fate of the Romani children will be sealed,” Salesian Father Martin Jilek from Stara Zagora in Central Bulgaria, 230 kilometres to the east of the capital of Sofia, said. “They are married off by their clan when they are fourteen. Then they have children early on and live off of the child benefit, which is about 40 leva per month and child.” That is equivalent to about 20 euros – the only source of income of many Romani families. 

How the young people of Aleppo are helping with aid projects in the city – the needy helping the neediest

The Orthodox Youth Movement, which is helping 2,200 Christian families each month in the Syrian city of Aleppo, is being supported by Aid to the Church in Need (ACN)

 

By John Pontifex

A PRIEST caring for persecuted Christians in northern Iraq has called on people to pray for peace in northern Iraq amid fears that a return to full-scale war could threaten the survival of one of the world’s oldest Church communities. Father Salar Kajo, who cares for Christians in towns and villages in northern Nineveh Plains, highlighted his fears following clashes outside the centre of Kirkuk between Kurdish Peshmerga forces and the Iraqi federal military.  

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 

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