By Murcadha O Flaherty

A NINE-DAY programme of prayer commenced on Thursday, 30th March at a London church for a priest held captive by Islamist extremist group Daesh (ISIS). 

The Syriac Catholic Bishop, the Chaldean Catholic Bishop and two Syriac Orthodox bishops signed an agreement in Erbil, in Iraqi Kurdistan, to help Christians rebuild their homes, destroyed by ISIS in 2014.   

By Maria Lozano

A delegation from the Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) travelled last week to the states of Borno, Jos and Kaduna, in the North of Nigeria in order to inform themselves of the situation and show solidarity with the Christians of the region, in the face of the tensions and violence in these parts of the country with a Muslim majority.  

By Maria Lozano

Marco Mencaglia, the head of the Haitian section of the Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), recently travelled to the country to review the assistance ACN has given over the years and to determine the future needs of the local church. According to the “Fragile States Index” ( http://fsi.fundforpeace.org/), Haiti is one of the countries of the world, most in danger of failing among those countries, in which no war has recently been waged. It is ranked tenth in this index, even before such countries as Iraq or Pakistan. Marco was interviewed by Maria Lozano.   

By Eva-Maria Kolmann

More than 12,000 private homes in twelve Christian villages on the Nineveh plains were damaged by “Islamic State”. A total of 669 houses were completely destroyed. These were the findings of a study initiated by the Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need. According to the study, the costs for rebuilding will far exceed $(US)200 million dollars.  

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