By Eva-Maria Kolmann

June 2nd 2017 – The international executive president of the pontifical foundation Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), Baron Johannes Heereman, paid tribute to Cardinal Lubomyr Husar, who died on Wednesday (31st May) at the age of 84, as a “true man of God” and a “church leader of profound wisdom and circumspection”. The cardinal, who was the major archbishop of the Greek Catholic church in the Ukraine from 2001 to 2011, worked together with the charity for many years and was a close friend of Father Werenfried van Straaten, the founder of Aid to the Church in Need.  

Christian Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the Erbil region depend on assistance while hoping to return to their villages in the next months.   

By Marta Petrosillo

Ten years after the death of Father Ragheed Ganni, the Iraqi priest assassinated in Mosul on 3 June 2007, the Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) launched a book on his life, written by another Catholic priest and friend of his, Father Rebwar Audish Basa. The book launch in his honour took place in the offices of the Italian section of ACN in Rome (Piazza San Calisto 16) on Thursday 1st June at 11 a.m. 

By Daniele Piccini

In Iraq, many of the internally displaced Christian refugee families are now returning to their home villages in the Plains of Niniveh. But they still need help for food and daily living. Chaldean Archbishop Bashar Warda of Erbil explains how “for them the benefactors of ACN are true good Samaritans.” 

Interview by Jonathan Luciano, ACN Philippines National Director, with Bishop Prelate of Marawi Edwin dela Peña (MSP) about the situation in the Prelature of Marawi in the Southern Philippines, where the terrorist Maute group attacked the city, killing Christians and burning down buildings including the Cathedral of Mary Help of Christians. As of press time, 104 people have been killed and more than 12,500 families have been displaced. Fr. Chito Suganob, the Vicar General was abducted together with other Cathedral Staff. The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) confirmed the authenticity of the video circulating on Facebook by Fr. Chito Suganob on Tuesday (30th May).

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