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."  

By Josemaria Claro (in Philippines)

AFTER more than three months in the hands of Islamist extremists, St Mary’s Cathedral in Marawi City has been retaken by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). 

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