Aid to the Church in Need’s Head of Projects in Asia, Veronique Vogel, travelled to India from October to November in 2016. She visited the Indian Catholic Church in Orissa (now known as Odisha). 

Thank you for the help and the prayers! – An interview with Father Walter Coronel, head of the rebuilding projects in the Archdiocese of Portoviejo  

By Maria Lozano

Now that East Aleppo has been liberated there is a certain peace in the city and people are coming back home. The destruction and lack of structures are vast and the needs are huge. Food supplies, fuel for heating their houses and electricity are high on the priority list. Since the start of the conflict, the Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) is channeling urgent help for Christians in Syria. The local project partners are now addressing a very urgent issue for the Christians in Aleppo to ACN - milk for children. The aim of the project is to provide Christian children of Aleppo under the age of ten a certain amount of milk every month. In these times of scarcity, milk is essential for the growth and wellbeing of children. The ‘Drop of Milk’ program was launched in May 2015 and has been ongoing despite the civil war that has ravaged the country.

By Joop Koopman

Marking the beginning of Lent 2017 with a pastoral letter obtained by the Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need, the leader of the Maronite Church in Damascus, Archbishop Samir Nassar, described the situation in Syria in terms of an “apocalypse … a large wasteland of ruins, pulverized buildings, burned out homes, neighborhoods turned into ghost towns, villages razed to the ground.” 

By Maria Lozano

The March edition of The Pope Video, produced by The Pope's Worldwide Prayer Network and supported by Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), concerns the situation of Christians persecuted and discriminated because of their faith around the world without distinction of rites or confession.  

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