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.  

A sister helping Christian families in war-torn Syria has revealed the severity of the on-going crisis across the country – despite the holding ceasefire. 

Strengthening Catholics to put an end to religiously motivated fundamentalism and to support pastoral care on the continent with the largest growing number of believers.

By Eva-Maria Kolmann

Cardinal Dieudonné Nzapalainga, the Archbishop of Bangui, is currently traveling through all the dioceses of the Central African Republic. His tour began in the diocese of Bouar in the north-west of the country. While there, from 22 to 24 February, he visited the parish of Bozoum and the town of Bocaranga, where only recently, in early February, there was serious violence. His programme also included talks with the rebels. Father Aurelio Gazzera, the parish priest of Bozoum, accompanied the Cardinal. Later, on 26 February, he spoke to ACN about this visit.  

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