On 6th August – the Day of Prayer for Persecuted Christians – the Brazilian national office of ACN invited Moussa Diabate from Mali in Africa to talk on the topic of religious freedom. He spoke about the reality and the sad tragedy of religious intolerance – but the same time of the hope that is born when God touches our lives, bringing about in our days the same conversion that transformed Saul, the persecutor of Christians, into Saint Paul the apostle, proving that there are no limits to love when we open our hearts to God.
The Catholic pastoral charity and pontifical foundation Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) will at the same time renew its consecration to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Over the past 25 years it has funded more than 400 projects related to this Marian devotion.
By Murcadha O Flaherty
RELIGIOUS Sisters in Iraq have set out plans to return to a key town in the ancient Nineveh Plains where they hope to provide help and healing for thousands of Christian families returning there.
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."