ACN provides psychosocial support to IDPs from Cabo Delgado
News 02 Dec 2021
ACN provides psychosocial support to IDPs from Cabo Delgado

"Children are now playing more, running more, jumping more... "

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MALI: Hunger – the new weapon of the Jihadists to subjugate the population
News 01 Dec 2021
MALI: Hunger – the new weapon of the Jihadists to subjugate the population

The security situation in Mali has continued to deteriorate in the last few months. The increased violence is affecting above all the country people, given that the Jihadists are preventing the farmers from harvesting their rice fields, burning the fields...

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In Nigeria, a priest recounts his kidnapping by Fulani herdsmen
News 29 Nov 2021
In Nigeria, a priest recounts his kidnapping by Fulani herdsmen

Kidnappings are a hallmark of terrorist organizations in Nigeria, including Boko Haram and Islamic State-West Africa Province, and clergy are increasingly being targeted.

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Radical Hindus accuse two nuns of illegal conversions in India
News 19 Nov 2021
Radical Hindus accuse two nuns of illegal conversions in India

A NEW REPORT RELEASED IN LATE OCTOBER, compiled by various Christian NGOs and titled “Christians Under Attack in India,” records 300 anti-Christian incidents so far in 2021. In one case, two Catholic nuns were forcibly marched to a police station by a mob...

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Commission for Justice and Peace requests the government of Pakistan to end the forced marriage and conversion of girls and women
News 17 Nov 2021
Commission for Justice and Peace requests the government of Pakistan to end the forced marriage and conversion of girls and women

Girls and women from religious minorities continue to be victims of forced conversion and marriage in Pakistan, with a significant number of cases occurring every year.

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ACN announces a further 7.7 million AUD in relief packages for Syria and Lebanon
News 16 Nov 2021
ACN announces a further 7.7 million AUD in relief packages for Syria and Lebanon

A large proportion will go to projects related to construction and restoration, or education and religious formation, with much support also for rent and basic food and medical assistance. Without programmes such as these, there is a serious risk of Chris...

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In Pakistan Christians are “the poorest of the poor”
News 11 Nov 2021
In Pakistan Christians are “the poorest of the poor”

Besides rising Islamic fundamentalism and intolerance, Christians in this Asian country have also had to deal with endemic intolerance and were disproportionately affected by the Covid-19 Pandemic.

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ACN concerned about priests and religious in danger in many parts of the world
News 11 Nov 2021
ACN concerned about priests and religious in danger in many parts of the world

There is increasing aggression based on persecution and the lack of religious freedom

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Burkina Faso: resurgence of terrorist attacks, Christians in danger of death
News 08 Nov 2021
Burkina Faso: resurgence of terrorist attacks, Christians in danger of death

According to reports received by Aid to the Church in Need, security in northern Burkina Faso has drastically deteriorated in recent months.

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Bosnia Herzegovina: “Catholics are discriminated against in every respect”
News 04 Nov 2021
Bosnia Herzegovina: “Catholics are discriminated against in every respect”

More than a quarter-century may have passed since the Dayton Agreement came into force, but coexistence in Bosnia Herzegovina remains riddled with conflict.

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Ethiopia: Missionary pleads for peace as “new beginnings” fail to materialise
News 04 Nov 2021
Ethiopia: Missionary pleads for peace as “new beginnings” fail to materialise

A Catholic missionary has sent out a plea for peace from war-torn Ethiopia.

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Anti-conversion law foments anti-Christian violence in central India
News 29 Oct 2021
Anti-conversion law foments anti-Christian violence in central India

ON THE EVE OF INDIAN PRIME MINISTER NARENDRA MODI MEETING WITH POPE FRANCIS at the Vatican, a report entitled “Christians Under Attack in India,” compiled by various Christian NGOs, records 300 anti-Christian incidents so far in 2021.

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Key to Lebanon’s stability is neutrality, says former President Suleiman
News 29 Oct 2021
Key to Lebanon’s stability is neutrality, says former President Suleiman

Michael Suleiman is a Maronite Catholic politician who was President of Lebanon between 2008 and 2014, following a decade as commander of the country’s Armed Forces.

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Venezuela: The crisis has brought many people closer to the Church
News 26 Oct 2021
Venezuela: The crisis has brought many people closer to the Church

The Church accompanies the people as they suffer from a terrible social, economic and political crisis.

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Taliban rule in Afghanistan poses a threat to Pakistan Christians
News 25 Oct 2021
Taliban rule in Afghanistan poses a threat to Pakistan Christians

Many Pakistanis celebrated the end of the United States military presence in Afghanistan, but others warn of increasing home-grown Islamist violence and extremism.

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Lebanon – “Patriarch: Christians will be extinct if West does nothing”
News 21 Oct 2021
Lebanon – “Patriarch: Christians will be extinct if West does nothing”

Amid a spiralling economic crisis and an upsurge in violence, a Middle Eastern Patriarch says that if the West fails to help the Christians in Lebanon the community could soon be extinct.

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Church in Nigeria celebrates release of abducted seminarians
News 15 Oct 2021
Church in Nigeria celebrates release of abducted seminarians

“Hearts filled with joy” is a phrase that translates the spirit of the Church in Nigeria following the release of three young seminarians who were abducted last Monday.

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Democratic Republic of the Congo – After a wave of attacks, Bishop denounces persecution of the Church
News 14 Oct 2021
Democratic Republic of the Congo – After a wave of attacks, Bishop denounces persecution of the Church

In commemorating the twenty-fifth anniversary of the murder of Archbishop Christophe Munzihirwa Mwene Ngabo of the diocese of Bukavu, the local Church has denounced the persecution the diocese has been suffering recently at the hands of armed groups. 

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Haiti: “We are still in the first phase of our emergency aid efforts”
News 13 Oct 2021
Haiti: “We are still in the first phase of our emergency aid efforts”

Faster progress cannot be made in the aid efforts because the currently precarious situation has stopped all travel to the country.

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Three seminarians abducted from chapel
News 13 Oct 2021
Three seminarians abducted from chapel

Three seminarians from Nigeria’s conflict-stricken Middle Belt were kidnapped from their college chapel last night (Monday) and six others were injured.

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Mali: Colombian missionary nun released after over four years captivity
News 12 Oct 2021
Mali: Colombian missionary nun released after over four years captivity

After more than four and a half years of captivity at the hands of Malian jihadist insurgents, Sister Gloria Cecilia Narváez Argoti, a missionary from Colombia, was freed on Saturday 9 October.

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Iraq: Ankawa, home of the Christians, comes of age
News 11 Oct 2021
Iraq: Ankawa, home of the Christians, comes of age

The creation of 'the biggest district of Christians in the Middle East' has been warmly welcomed by a bishop from the area who sees the development as critical for securing the future of the Church in the country.

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Pupils in Lebanon call on other children to join them in the campaign “One million children praying the Rosary” on October 18
News 11 Oct 2021
Pupils in Lebanon call on other children to join them in the campaign “One million children praying the Rosary” on October 18

Children studying at a Carmelite school in Kobayat, near Tripoli in Lebanon, gave thanks recently to the Blessed Virgin Mary for having saved two of their schoolmates from a forest fire, and at the same time called on children around the world to join in...

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Indian priest charged with singing Christmas carols finally acquitted after four years of legal battles
News 08 Oct 2021
Indian priest charged with singing Christmas carols finally acquitted after four years of legal battles

Father George Mangalapilly, an Indian priest, was recently acquitted of an alleged crime of "forcible religious conversion."

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“We know that Leah is alive, and we pray for her release”
News 07 Oct 2021
“We know that Leah is alive, and we pray for her release”

Leah Sharibu is a young Nigerian woman who was captured by Islamist terrorists on 19 February 2018.

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Mexico: Migrant crisis following massive influx of Haitian migrants
News 06 Oct 2021
Mexico: Migrant crisis following massive influx of Haitian migrants

The diocese of Tapachula denounces incidents of maltreatment and launches an aid programme for migrants who, it says, are suffering a 'calvary.'

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Lebanon and Syria: People are trying to survive on a dollar a day
News 05 Oct 2021
Lebanon and Syria: People are trying to survive on a dollar a day

Regina Lynch, project manager at Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International, talks about her experience in Lebanon and Syria after a ten-day trip to evaluate the situation and assess new aid projects.

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Church decries “slow genocide” of Christians in Nigeria
News 05 Oct 2021
Church decries “slow genocide” of Christians in Nigeria

The Catholic Church in Nigeria claims that the Christians in that country are the victims of a process of ethnic cleansing at the hands of Fulani Muslims, with the complicity of the state.

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Sierra Leone: "They took God out of the solution when God is the solution"
News 28 Sep 2021
Sierra Leone: "They took God out of the solution when God is the solution"

In Sierra Leone, doctors and scientists who dealt with the onset of the current COVID-19 pandemic adapted some measures used during the Ebola epidemic to prevent a repeat of the tragedy that killed 3,590 people between 2014 and 2016 and traumatised the co...

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Shahnaz Bhatti, a testimony of a Catholic nun in Afghanistan
News 23 Sep 2021
Shahnaz Bhatti, a testimony of a Catholic nun in Afghanistan

Originally from Pakistan, Sister Shahnaz Bhatti is a member of the congregation of the Sisters of Charity of Saint Jeanne-Antide Thouret. She was serving in Afghanistan until 25 August, when she was able to leave the country through the help of the Italia...

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Iraq’s extremists emboldened by Taliban takeover
News 22 Sep 2021
Iraq’s extremists emboldened by Taliban takeover

The threat of Daesh (ISIS) and other extremists in Iraq has grown following the Taliban’s return to power in Afghanistan – according to one of the Middle East’s most respected bishops.

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Cabo Delgado: “Nobody asks for martyrdom, but it’s something that can happen at any moment”
News 20 Sep 2021
Cabo Delgado: “Nobody asks for martyrdom, but it’s something that can happen at any moment”

In an exclusive interview with the Portuguese national office of Aid to the Church in Need (ACN International), Bishop Antonio Juliasse, the apostolic administrator of the diocese of Pemba, describes the situation his diocese has been going through over t...

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‘My parents were killed by the Taliban and I fled Afghanistan when I was 8 years old’
News 17 Sep 2021
‘My parents were killed by the Taliban and I fled Afghanistan when I was 8 years old’

Ali Ehsani is 38 years old and a lawyer by profession. After a very long and difficult journey, he arrived in Italy at the age of 13; he was all alone. He had fled Afghanistan after his Christian parents were killed for their faith. His only brother died...

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Sister Clara’s dream for the future of the children in Iraq comes true
News 16 Sep 2021
Sister Clara’s dream for the future of the children in Iraq comes true

On 6 August 2014, the city of Qaraqosh fell into the hands of IS. The city is located on the Nineveh plains about 25 km outside of Mosul and was once considered the largest Christian city in the country. The Christians living in this region of Iraq were f...

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Can you offer help from a distance?
News 10 Sep 2021
Can you offer help from a distance?

How the pandemic influences the working practice of a Charity.

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"Our exit from Afghanistan has been a real miracle"
News 10 Sep 2021
"Our exit from Afghanistan has been a real miracle"

Father Giovanni Scalese is a priest of the Order of Clerks Regular of Saint Paul (the Barnabites) and the Superior of the Church’s sui iuris mission in Afghanistan. In a recent interview with Aid to the Church in Need (ACN International), he spoke about h...

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Chile: How young people are helping to rebuild a vandalised church
News 08 Sep 2021
Chile: How young people are helping to rebuild a vandalised church

The Church of the Assumption in the Chilean capital Santiago was one of the churches that was vandalised and burned during the protests of 18 October 2020.

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Taliban threat: Churches increase security
News 08 Sep 2021
Taliban threat: Churches increase security

Churches across Pakistan have stepped up security in response to the threat of terrorist attacks following the Taliban’s return to power in neighbouring Afghanistan.

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Lebanon – the Carmelite monastery in Hazmieh
News 03 Sep 2021
Lebanon – the Carmelite monastery in Hazmieh

The monastery of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in the town of Hazmieh, in the suburbs of Beirut, is a popular destination for Christians of all denominations, and indeed for Muslims as well.

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Brazil – a boat to bring Christ to the local people
News 31 Aug 2021
Brazil – a boat to bring Christ to the local people

From 5 to 12 September this year the International Eucharistic Congress in Budapest, Hungary will bring together Catholics from all over the world to deepen their faith in the importance of the Eucharist and reflect on the mission of the Church to make Go...

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Slovak Priest at Roma Minority Mission: We Should Rather Be Their Friends Than Aid Workers
News 30 Aug 2021
Slovak Priest at Roma Minority Mission: We Should Rather Be Their Friends Than Aid Workers

Pope Francis will meet the Roma minority in Košice – the 2nd largest Slovak city – during the papal visit to Slovakia from September 12th to 15th.

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52nd International Eucharistic Congress, September 2021
News 25 Aug 2021
52nd International Eucharistic Congress, September 2021

Many countries are lacking in resources or basic freedoms. In the West we frequently encounter a lack of faith.

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HAITI: “The statistics are alarming, but they are no more than a hint of the suffering being endured by the population”
News 24 Aug 2021
HAITI: “The statistics are alarming, but they are no more than a hint of the suffering being endured by the population”

Speaking by telephone to Aid to the Church in Need (ACN International), Cardinal Chibly Langlois, Bishop of the diocese of Les Cayes, described the terrible situation facing his people in Haiti.

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Aid to the Church in Need sees a black future for religious freedom in Afghanistan
News 20 Aug 2021
Aid to the Church in Need sees a black future for religious freedom in Afghanistan

On August 19, the 102nd anniversary of the country's independence from British rule, Zabihullah Mujahid, spokesman of the Taliban declared Afghanistan as the “Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan” in its official Twitter account.

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22 August: International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief
News 19 Aug 2021
22 August: International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief

Pakistan: "The lives of victims accused of blasphemy are forever threatened and many have been killed."

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Russia: A radio transmitter smuggled by Aid to the Church in Need makes world history
News 18 Aug 2021
Russia: A radio transmitter smuggled by Aid to the Church in Need makes world history

19 August marks the 30th anniversary of the coup carried out by the Soviet military and Communist elites.

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Irish dioceses reviving the tradition of the “Mass Rocks”
News 12 Aug 2021
Irish dioceses reviving the tradition of the “Mass Rocks”

ACN Ireland is launching an initiative stressing the importance of the Eucharist and uniting all 26 dioceses in the country.

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Belarus: “Pope Francis is concerned about the situation in the country”
News 10 Aug 2021
Belarus: “Pope Francis is concerned about the situation in the country”

The international community is shocked at the situation in Belarus, which is marked by the brutal suppression of protests and sanctions.

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Karamlesh: Rita and Rami
News 09 Aug 2021
Karamlesh: Rita and Rami

Seven years after the invasion by the Islamic State (IS) group, young Iraqis are taking their chances and are moving back to their homeland.

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EXCLUSIVE: Father Pierluigi Maccalli goes to Fatima “to thank Mary” for his liberation
News 06 Aug 2021
EXCLUSIVE: Father Pierluigi Maccalli goes to Fatima “to thank Mary” for his liberation

It was a low-key, private pilgrimage. On the first Sunday of August Father Pier Luigi Maccalli visited the shrine of Fatima in Portugal to thank Our Lady for his liberation last October, after almost 2 years of captivity at the hands of a jihadist group i...

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“We were among the dead, and we lived the resurrection”
News 04 Aug 2021
“We were among the dead, and we lived the resurrection”

Lebanese priest pause to remember a turning point in his homeland.

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Call for National Prayer Campaign as Covid threatens the world and our country
News 04 Aug 2021
Call for National Prayer Campaign as Covid threatens the world and our country

People of Myanmar: Let us raise our hands and pray

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INDIA: ACN funds major COVID relief aid package
News 02 Aug 2021
INDIA: ACN funds major COVID relief aid package

The charity approves an overall aid package of over 8 million AUD to help Catholic communities in India cope with the crisis.

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New microprojects centre in Damascus provides hope to Syria’s embattled Christians
News 02 Aug 2021
New microprojects centre in Damascus provides hope to Syria’s embattled Christians

Damascus, Syria — Christian Hope Centre, a Syrian organization supported by the Catholic Church, has opened its first ever microprojects program centre in the Syrian capital of Damascus.

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“I was lost, and am found. I was dead, and am alive again.” The words of a captured priest liberated in Mali
News 23 Jul 2021
“I was lost, and am found. I was dead, and am alive again.” The words of a captured priest liberated in Mali

“I was lost, and have been found. I was dead, and I am alive again.” These were the words of gratitude expressed by Father León Douyon, a Catholic priest from the town of Ségué in the diocese of Mopti, in Mali, after having been liberated on 13 July this...

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Catholic bishop in Myanmar dies - he lived with and for his people
News 23 Jul 2021
Catholic bishop in Myanmar dies - he lived with and for his people

With profound grief and sorrow ACN has received the news about the death of Bishop John Hsane Hgyi from Pathein, in Myanmar, due to COVID-19.

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“Kolay gelsin ” – the work of the Salesians in Istanbul
News 22 Jul 2021
“Kolay gelsin ” – the work of the Salesians in Istanbul

"Kolay gelsin,” means “may it come easily."

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The challenges facing the Church in the world’s most Catholic continent
News 21 Jul 2021
The challenges facing the Church in the world’s most Catholic continent

One in every two Catholics in the world are from Latin America. With almost 500 million Catholics, and despite the ever-growing presence of sects, about 44% of all Catholics in the world live in Latin America.

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Democratic Republic of Congo: Abducted nun is free again
News 19 Jul 2021
Democratic Republic of Congo: Abducted nun is free again

Sister Francine, kidnapped on July 8 in Goma, in the eastern Democratic Province of Congo, is free again. This was announced by her religious community, the Daughters of the Resurrection, to the worldwide pontifical charity "Aid to the Church in Need" (AC...

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Mali: Joy at the release of the priest kidnapped more than three weeks ago
News 15 Jul 2021
Mali: Joy at the release of the priest kidnapped more than three weeks ago

The pontifical foundation ACN confirms the release of Father Leon Douyon, Catholic priest from Ségué in the Mopti region of Mali, yesterday afternoon, Tuesday 13 July.

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Democratic Republic of the Congo: religious sister kidnapped
News 13 Jul 2021
Democratic Republic of the Congo: religious sister kidnapped

The congregation of the Daughters of the Resurrection appeals to the benefactors of ACN for prayers.

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Haitian bishops deeply saddened by the assassination of the president and the violence in the country
News 09 Jul 2021
Haitian bishops deeply saddened by the assassination of the president and the violence in the country

“This sad event marks an unfortunate turning point in the history of our people” the bishops of Haiti deplore. "

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South Africa: a fragile anchor to flee from poverty and violence
News 08 Jul 2021
South Africa: a fragile anchor to flee from poverty and violence

ACN provides future and hope to refugees through pastoral care for children.

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As COVID-19 strikes Zimbabwe hard again, ACN reaches out to ease the struggle of pastoral workers
News 07 Jul 2021
As COVID-19 strikes Zimbabwe hard again, ACN reaches out to ease the struggle of pastoral workers

Zimbabwe's recent re-imposition of a lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic has focused global attention once again on this distressed country.

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The death of Father Stan Swamy, SJ
News 07 Jul 2021
The death of Father Stan Swamy, SJ

“His fate should be a wake-up call for the international community.”

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NIGER: Jihadist attack on Christians in Tillaberi
News 05 Jul 2021
NIGER: Jihadist attack on Christians in Tillaberi

The international pontifical foundation ACN has received news of a jihadist attack on Fantio and Dolbel, two towns in the Tillabéri region, in southwestern Niger.

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The Holy Family Nursery – sowing happiness and hope among the Christian community in Iraq
News 05 Jul 2021
The Holy Family Nursery – sowing happiness and hope among the Christian community in Iraq

How ACN is backing the family and the future of the children of Baghdeda (Qaraqosh).

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Ahead of historic meeting with the Pope in Rome: the Middle East’s largest Christian community is in peril
News 30 Jun 2021
Ahead of historic meeting with the Pope in Rome: the Middle East’s largest Christian community is in peril

The economic and political crisis in Lebanon, home to the Middle East’s largest Christian community, has deepened ahead of a historic July 1 meeting between Pope Francis and Christian leaders from the country.

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MOZAMBIQUE: catechist risks his life to save a parish “treasure” in Palma during the terrorist attack
News 30 Jun 2021
MOZAMBIQUE: catechist risks his life to save a parish “treasure” in Palma during the terrorist attack

Today ACN is able to tell the inspiring story of this courageous Mozambican catechist.

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Young Christian women in Pakistan facing discrimination, social exclusion and poverty
News 28 Jun 2021
Young Christian women in Pakistan facing discrimination, social exclusion and poverty

An ACN programme is giving them new hope and equipping them to fight for a better future.

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Middle East: “Peace comes directly out of the heart of Jesus”
News 25 Jun 2021
Middle East: “Peace comes directly out of the heart of Jesus”

The Maronite Archbishop Chucrallah-Nabil El-Hage is involved in the prayer initiative “Peace Day for the East,” which will bring together all of the Middle East beginning on Sunday 27 June. In an interview with the pontifical foundation Aid to the Church...

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“May God heal the wounds of the Middle East!”
News 25 Jun 2021
“May God heal the wounds of the Middle East!”

Aid to the Church in Need (ACN International) welcomes the Day of Peace for the Middle East.

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Bringing Christ to remote rural communities in Ghana
News 24 Jun 2021
Bringing Christ to remote rural communities in Ghana

Mission accomplished – a pickup truck for the Capuchin missionaries in Kpassa.

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LEBANON: ACN helps historic church reopen
News 24 Jun 2021
LEBANON: ACN helps historic church reopen

A historic Lebanese church, that sustained severe damage in August 2020’s devastating blast, is on track to reopen in July 2021, thanks to help from ACN.

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Nigeria, the most populous country on the African continent, is at war
News 22 Jun 2021
Nigeria, the most populous country on the African continent, is at war

Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) project partners denounce war conditions and inaction by the Nigerian government.

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Burkina Faso: Horror-stricken after massacre
News 22 Jun 2021
Burkina Faso: Horror-stricken after massacre

Among the victims in the aftermath of the bloodiest terrorist attack since Islamist violence began are also Christians.

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MOZAMBIQUE: Catholic priest denounces abduction of “hundreds” of children by jihadists – boys to be forced to become child fighters, and girls to be abused as “child brides”
News 11 Jun 2021
MOZAMBIQUE: Catholic priest denounces abduction of “hundreds” of children by jihadists – boys to be forced to become child fighters, and girls to be abused as “child brides”

“They are wounds that will be difficult to heal”, says Father Kwiriwi Fonseca of the diocese of Pemba in northern Mozambique.

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How ACN is helping in Mozambique: Radios bringing hope to those living in fear of terrorism
News 10 Jun 2021
How ACN is helping in Mozambique: Radios bringing hope to those living in fear of terrorism

News of burned out villages and barbarous beheadings of individuals has become commonplace in this region.

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Aid to the Church in Need holds its first “Benefactors’ Day”
News 11 Jun 2021
Aid to the Church in Need holds its first “Benefactors’ Day”

On the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Masses will be celebrated throughout the world for our benefactors.

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“Lebanon needs our prayers and our solidarity more urgently than ever”
News 04 Jun 2021
“Lebanon needs our prayers and our solidarity more urgently than ever”

ACN welcomes the announcement of an emergency meeting in the Vatican.

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Gratitude for 28 years serving the Church in Africa
News 01 Jun 2021
Gratitude for 28 years serving the Church in Africa

Christine du Coudray retires after 28 years at ACN International as head of project department for Africa.

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Genocide is happening in Tigray
News 31 May 2021
Genocide is happening in Tigray

The targeting of young people, indiscriminate killings and widespread sexual violence – including the rape of nuns – is part of a genocide against the Tigrayan ethnic group of northern Ethiopia, according to a source close to the Church.

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Democratic Republic of the Congo - risk of humanitarian crisis after volcanic eruption
News 31 May 2021
Democratic Republic of the Congo - risk of humanitarian crisis after volcanic eruption

Catholic nun expresses concern for the situation of the people following a mass exodus from Goma, a city of 2 million people.

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Myanmar/Burma: grief and shock after attack on church
News 28 May 2021
Myanmar/Burma: grief and shock after attack on church

Four people killed – Cardinal Bo speaks of a “humanitarian tragedy”

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NIGERIA: Bishop seeks release of 75-year-old priest from kidnappers
News 27 May 2021
NIGERIA: Bishop seeks release of 75-year-old priest from kidnappers

A Bishop has taken personal charge of negotiations to secure the release of a retired parish priest kidnapped in northern Nigeria five days ago.

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ACN: Aid for the victims of Boko Haram
News 27 May 2021
ACN: Aid for the victims of Boko Haram

Unadulterated horror and new life often go hand in hand in Nigeria. The deeply moving story of one of the victims of Boko Haram is one such example.

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“Catechists are the backbone of the Church”
News 19 May 2021
“Catechists are the backbone of the Church”

Aid to the Church in Need supports the work of lay preachers all over the world.

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Democratic Republic of the Congo: “We are in a state of utter misery”
News 19 May 2021
Democratic Republic of the Congo: “We are in a state of utter misery”

Bishop from East Congo deplores terrorism and human rights violations in a talk with Aid to the Church in Need.

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"Where hunger weeps - COVID in the Brazilian Amazon region"
News 19 May 2021
"Where hunger weeps - COVID in the Brazilian Amazon region"

Manaus in Brazil is the capital of the Amazonas state and one of the principal financial, industrial and economic centers of the northern region of Brazil.

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ACN welcomes the appointment of a Special Envoy for the promotion of freedom of religion by the European Commission
News 07 May 2021
ACN welcomes the appointment of a Special Envoy for the promotion of freedom of religion by the European Commission

The Pontifical Foundation Aid to the Church in Need expresses its satisfaction to the appointment of Christos Stylianides, a Cypriot national, as Special Envoy for the promotion of freedom of religion or belief outside the EU.

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India in the grip of Covid: “It is only our faith that keeps us going”
News 06 May 2021
India in the grip of Covid: “It is only our faith that keeps us going”

India is all over the news these days. The pandemic, which is a threat to people worldwide, has delivered a particularly hard blow to the country.

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Democratic Republic of the Congo – Islamists are redrawing the East of the country
News 04 May 2021
Democratic Republic of the Congo – Islamists are redrawing the East of the country

An interview with Bishop Paluku Sikuli Melchisédech.

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“Ukraine expects papal visit”
News 04 May 2021
“Ukraine expects papal visit”

The head of the Greek Catholic Church talked with ACN about his hopes that Pope Francis will visit the war-torn country.

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Dozens of priests are dying of COVID-19 in Latin America
News 29 Apr 2021
Dozens of priests are dying of COVID-19 in Latin America

The Catholic Church in Latin America has not been spared the scourge of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Ethiopia – Hunger and fear are wreaking havoc in Tigray
News 29 Apr 2021
Ethiopia – Hunger and fear are wreaking havoc in Tigray

A Catholic priest tells ACN, “We need help – both material and spiritual."

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The future bishop of Rumbek shot and wounded less than a month before his episcopal ordination
News 27 Apr 2021
The future bishop of Rumbek shot and wounded less than a month before his episcopal ordination

ACN Project Manager for South Sudan: “Years of armed conflict have made South Sudanese increasingly vulnerable.”

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Eight years after the abduction of two Syrian Bishops
News 26 Apr 2021
Eight years after the abduction of two Syrian Bishops

8 years on since the abduction and we still have no news of these two missing Bishops.

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Haiti: Masses and bells against kidnappings
News 19 Apr 2021
Haiti: Masses and bells against kidnappings

ACN shows solidarity with the Catholic Church of the island state.

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Haiti: "Who will be next?"
News 14 Apr 2021
Haiti: "Who will be next?"

By Mario Oliver (ACN International)

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Christian families face destruction of their homes in Pakistan
News 14 Apr 2021
Christian families face destruction of their homes in Pakistan

Recently, the houses of 450 Catholic families in Hyderabad and Karachi were destroyed as part of an anti-encroachment drive—targeting homes considered to be illegal settlements—by Sindh provincial government.

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Democratic Republic of the Congo – Bishops warn of threat of Islamism in East Congo
News 14 Apr 2021
Democratic Republic of the Congo – Bishops warn of threat of Islamism in East Congo

Congolese bishops‘ conference calls for a new strategy to combat rebel militias.

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Indonesia: “We are going to have to live with terrorist attacks”
News 06 Apr 2021
Indonesia: “We are going to have to live with terrorist attacks”

“We are going to have to live with terrorist attacks”

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CABO DELGADO: “They are shooting everywhere. May it be as God wills...” The words of a local inhabitant, fleeing the attack on Palma
News 30 Mar 2021
CABO DELGADO: “They are shooting everywhere. May it be as God wills...” The words of a local inhabitant, fleeing the attack on Palma

“We are running, fleeing, trying to hide here on the shore. They are shooting everywhere. May it be as God wills, here in Palma...”

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Suicide bombers attack cathedral in Indonesia
News 30 Mar 2021
Suicide bombers attack cathedral in Indonesia

Two suspected suicide bombers have attacked the Sacred Heart of Jesus Cathedral in Makassar, the capital of Indonesia’s South Sulawesi province on the morning of March 28 when parishioners had just finished the celebration of Palm Sunday. The attack kille...

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Pakistani Catholics volunteer for Church security
News 29 Mar 2021
Pakistani Catholics volunteer for Church security

As Easter approaches, Catholics who volunteer to provide security for churches around the country have begun participating in meetings at local police stations to protect parishioners.

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Myanmar: “Do not take up arms”
News 26 Mar 2021
Myanmar: “Do not take up arms”

Cardinal appeals to protestors not to turn to violence.

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Papal visit to Iraq’s largest Catholic town creates hope that Christians will return
News 26 Mar 2021
Papal visit to Iraq’s largest Catholic town creates hope that Christians will return

Since 2003 all Iraqis have suffered the burdens of war: kidnapping, displacement, and death.

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Myanmar: “I fear there is going to be a bloodbath”
News 04 Mar 2021
Myanmar: “I fear there is going to be a bloodbath”

Expert talks about the motives behind the military coup.

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A Lamborghini for Iraq
News 01 Mar 2021
A Lamborghini for Iraq

Thanks to a donation from Pope Francis, ACN has been able to help persecuted Christians in Iraq in the Niniveh Plains.

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Pope's visit to Iraq: “Respect for Christians will grow"
News 26 Feb 2021
Pope's visit to Iraq: “Respect for Christians will grow"

Archbishop Bashar Warda, who will be hosting Pope Francis on his visit to Iraq, hopes for more awareness on the part of the Muslim majority for the country’s Christians.

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Burkina Faso: “The faithful are fleeing the terrorism, which they are powerless to resist, but they are holding on to their faith”
News 23 Feb 2021
Burkina Faso: “The faithful are fleeing the terrorism, which they are powerless to resist, but they are holding on to their faith”

The situation in the Sahel region is worrying. In the interview below Maria Lozano of the international Catholic pastoral charity and pontifical foundation ACN, speaks with Bishop Laurent B. DABIRE, of the diocese of Dori, in northern Burkina Faso.

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Christians in Pakistan: “A first positive step”
News 15 Feb 2021
Christians in Pakistan: “A first positive step”

Religious minorities in Pakistan, such as Christians and Hindus, face painful discrimination and persecution from the majority Muslim population. A new initiative by the government is meant to put a hold to this. ACN asked Shahid Mobeen, Pakistani Profess...

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Haiti: Bishops warn of catastrophe
News 10 Feb 2021
Haiti: Bishops warn of catastrophe

The Bishop’s Conference of the Caribbean island deplores the explosive security and political situation.

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After 4 years of kidnapping, the Church continues to pray for the release of Sister Gloria Narvaez
News 10 Feb 2021
After 4 years of kidnapping, the Church continues to pray for the release of Sister Gloria Narvaez

The Catholic Church in Mali (Africa) continues to pray and work for the release of the Colombian sister Gloria Cecilia Narvaez Argoty, who was kidnapped four years ago on 7 February by jihadists linked to Al-Qaeda.

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On the 15th anniversary of the murder of Fr Andrea Santoro
News 08 Feb 2021
On the 15th anniversary of the murder of Fr Andrea Santoro

On the 15th anniversary of the murder of Fr Andrea Santoro.

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Pakistan/UK: PM’s Special Envoy for Freedom of Religion or Belief receives Pakistan girl’s asylum petition
News 08 Feb 2021
Pakistan/UK: PM’s Special Envoy for Freedom of Religion or Belief receives Pakistan girl’s asylum petition

Fiona Bruce MP, the Prime Minister’s Special Envoy for Freedom of Religion or Belief, has received a petition from a Catholic charity calling for asylum to be granted to a 14-year-old Christian girl in Pakistan whose life is in danger.

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Cuba: Catholics call for renewal of this communist country
News 02 Feb 2021
Cuba: Catholics call for renewal of this communist country

“It is time to return to God.” Hundreds of Cuban Catholics, priests and lay alike, see their country in a state of profound crisis and are hoping for a national dialogue that will lead to political changes.

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NIGERIAN HARDSHIPS: “Our priests, nuns and catechists are not for sale”
News 29 Jan 2021
NIGERIAN HARDSHIPS: “Our priests, nuns and catechists are not for sale”

A series of kidnappings and acts of violence against priests and religious in Nigeria are of particular concern to Catholics in the country.

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In Egypt, Christmas season saw violent attacks on Christians
News 29 Jan 2021
In Egypt, Christmas season saw violent attacks on Christians

Egypt is home to the largest Christian community in the Arab world - the Coptic Church. Reaching back to the very beginnings of Christianity and to the Apostle Mark, there are today about 8 million Copts in Egypt. But in a politically deeply divided count...

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Ethiopia: Rising violence causes hundreds of deaths in Tigray
News 29 Jan 2021
Ethiopia: Rising violence causes hundreds of deaths in Tigray

“The situation in northern Ethiopia is alarming. Communication is very precarious and for almost three weeks the region has been totally isolated from the rest of the world. No internet or telephone. But the news we get from those who have been able to vi...

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Lebanon: Despite the crisis, the Church will not abandon the refugees and the needy
News 20 Jan 2021
Lebanon: Despite the crisis, the Church will not abandon the refugees and the needy

Lebanon is the country that has taken in the highest number of refugees in the world, in proportion to its own population.

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Reflection on Christmas 2020
News 15 Jan 2021
Reflection on Christmas 2020

By Fr. Ignatius Nyan Htoo

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Bishop Oswaldo Azuaje’s last plea: “Peace And justice for Venezuela”
News 14 Jan 2021
Bishop Oswaldo Azuaje’s last plea: “Peace And justice for Venezuela”

In memory of the first Venezuelan bishop to fall victim of COVID-19.

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Democratic Republic of the Congo: “We have been on the Via Dolorosa for years”
News 14 Jan 2021
Democratic Republic of the Congo: “We have been on the Via Dolorosa for years”

Following bloody massacres, the Bishop of Beni appeals to the international community through Aid to the Church in Need.

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The hopes of the Christians of Baghdeda (Qaraqosh) for the papal visit to Iraq in March
News 13 Jan 2021
The hopes of the Christians of Baghdeda (Qaraqosh) for the papal visit to Iraq in March

Pope Francis is due to visit Iraq from 5 – 8 March this year.

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BRAZIL: “Your donations are saving lives”
News 11 Jan 2021
BRAZIL: “Your donations are saving lives”

"Without you, we could do nothing. You are the arms of God’s providence, who loves them through us. You make a material donation, and God gives you the joy of knowing that you are useful, today and in the future. And He will grant you Paradise.” 

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Central African Republic: Bishop of Bangassou asks for prayers of peace for his people
News 11 Jan 2021
Central African Republic: Bishop of Bangassou asks for prayers of peace for his people

Happy New Year! These are words we commonly hear at this time of year. And they were also the first words addressed by Bishop Juan José Aguirre of Bangassou to all at the international Catholic pastoral charity and pontifical foundation Aid to the Church...

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ACN takes stock of the situation of Christians around the world during 2020: Many dark shadows and a few glimmers of light
News 11 Jan 2021
ACN takes stock of the situation of Christians around the world during 2020: Many dark shadows and a few glimmers of light

Coronavirus, terrorism and war – and once again a growing level of persecution.

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Egypt: I feel pity for the perpetrators
News 11 Jan 2021
Egypt: I feel pity for the perpetrators

A survivor looks back ten years after the attack on Coptic Christians.

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After 11 years, Imran finally walks free
News 16 Dec 2020
After 11 years, Imran finally walks free

A Christian man in Pakistan will at last walk out of prison a free man – after the court acquitted him in a case that spanned more than 11 years with nearly 70 adjournments.

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Thank you Mass in Aleppo for ACN benefactors
News 16 Dec 2020
Thank you Mass in Aleppo for ACN benefactors

“Your support makes the families stay in the country,” states the Syrian Catholic Archbishop of Aleppo.

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Pakistani Catholic family prays for canonization of martyred son
News 15 Dec 2020
Pakistani Catholic family prays for canonization of martyred son

Naz Bano has been praying since 2016 for momentum in the movement to seek sainthood for her 20-year-old son, Akash Bashir, who was killed while preventing a suicide bomber from entering the crowded St. John’s Catholic Church.

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Syria: Mons. Selwanos Boutros Alnemeh was a fighter for hope
News 10 Dec 2020
Syria: Mons. Selwanos Boutros Alnemeh was a fighter for hope

The death of the Syrian Orthodox Archbishop of Homs.

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Statement of the international charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) on the incarceration of 83-year-old Jesuit priest Fr Stan Swamy
News 10 Dec 2020
Statement of the international charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) on the incarceration of 83-year-old Jesuit priest Fr Stan Swamy

The executive president of ACN International, Dr Thomas Heine-Geldern, has released the following statement:

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Iraq Church welcomes 2021 papal visit
News 08 Dec 2020
Iraq Church welcomes 2021 papal visit

Iraq’s Christians have welcomed news that Pope Francis is set to go to Iraq next Spring – the first time any pontiff will have visited the country.

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MALI : The blessing of the great silence
News 07 Dec 2020
MALI : The blessing of the great silence

After two years living as a captive in the desert, somewhere between Niger and Mali, the Italian missionary Father Pierluigi Maccalli , who was received by the Pope on 9 November 2020, recalled his first impressions in an interview conducted by the SMA Me...

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A poor Church in a rich country
News 04 Dec 2020
A poor Church in a rich country

Not only is the weather harsh and cold north of the Arctic Circle, but the religious climate is also anything but pleasant at times for the handful of Catholics living in the Norwegian city of Harstad on the island of Hinnøya. Aid to the Church in Need (A...

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Red Wednesday
News 25 Nov 2020
Red Wednesday

A day to stand up for persecuted Christians!

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Bosnia and Herzegovina: The Dayton Accords did not achieve stable peace
News 24 Nov 2020
Bosnia and Herzegovina: The Dayton Accords did not achieve stable peace

Bishops condemn corruption and the unjust treatment of Catholics.

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In the times of the pandemic, Mass intentions come to those in need like the help of the Good Samaritan
News 24 Nov 2020
In the times of the pandemic, Mass intentions come to those in need like the help of the Good Samaritan

Many communities all over the world are suffering such debilitating poverty that the faithful are not able to support their priests financially.

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Set Your Captives Free - New Report on Persecuted Christians
News 24 Nov 2020
Set Your Captives Free - New Report on Persecuted Christians

This new report highlights innocent Christians held against their will.

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SYRIA: Together we can put a smile on the children's faces
News 24 Nov 2020
SYRIA: Together we can put a smile on the children's faces

ACN will be donating 25,000 anoraks for Syrian children this Christmas.

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Nigeria:  danger of stigmatization against the Fulani
News 19 Nov 2020
Nigeria: danger of stigmatization against the Fulani

The Pontifical Foundation Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) interviewed Rev. Fr. Blaise Agwon, director of the Centre for Dialogue, Reconciliation and Peace in Jos, the capital of Plateau State in the central belt region of central Nigeria.

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We have to rise again from the ruins
News 18 Nov 2020
We have to rise again from the ruins

ACN is helping to rebuild the sisters’ convent on the ninth floor of the hospital building.

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ARMENIA: The war is exposing the hypocrisy of many governments
News 16 Nov 2020
ARMENIA: The war is exposing the hypocrisy of many governments

"The Armenian people have always come back again from the midst of indescribable calamities."

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The Syrian people have been brutally driven into poverty
News 13 Nov 2020
The Syrian people have been brutally driven into poverty

An Interview with Jesuit Antoine Audo, the Chaldean Bishop of Aleppo in Syria.

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The demographic changes cannot detract from the importance of the existence of the Christian communities in the Middle East
News 12 Nov 2020
The demographic changes cannot detract from the importance of the existence of the Christian communities in the Middle East

Maria Lozano, head of press and information at the charity’s international headquarters, spoke to Father Raymond Abdo, the provincial of the discalced Carmelite Fathers in Lebanon, to find out more about the life of the Christians in this country.

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Our mission is to bring light into the darkness we are living through
News 12 Nov 2020
Our mission is to bring light into the darkness we are living through

ACN supports the reconstruction of the Church of Saint Saviour in Beirut.

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MOZAMBIQUE: ACN announces $160,000 aid to alleviate the emergency in the country
News 11 Nov 2020
MOZAMBIQUE: ACN announces $160,000 aid to alleviate the emergency in the country

New massacres by jihadists – the number of refugees is growing daily.

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Democratic Republic of the Congo: The violence continues to escalate
News 06 Nov 2020
Democratic Republic of the Congo: The violence continues to escalate

"I am here as a witness of the torment of a people, my people, who are asking only for the right to live in dignity." - The Archbishop of Kinshasa.

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Pakistan: Abducted Christian girl safe
News 05 Nov 2020
Pakistan: Abducted Christian girl safe

“We hope that justice will prevail at the next court hearings."

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India: Church Leaders urge government to protect Christians against attacks triggered by anti-conversion campaign
News 05 Nov 2020
India: Church Leaders urge government to protect Christians against attacks triggered by anti-conversion campaign

With major Hindu nationalist networks announcing plans to launch a campaign against religious conversions—especially in the tribal areas of India—Catholic Church leaders say such a campaign has been going on for a long time and that the move is aimed at d...

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STATEMENT ACN INTERNATIONAL – NICE, FRANCE
News 03 Nov 2020
STATEMENT ACN INTERNATIONAL – NICE, FRANCE

Statement by Thomas Heine-Geldern, Executive President of the foundation: 

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Coronavirus has destroyed our life
News 03 Nov 2020
Coronavirus has destroyed our life

The coronavirus pandemic has left Bethlehem’s tourism-reliant economy in tatters, according to a shop owner, who has appealed to pilgrims, saying he longs for the day when they can safely return.

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Syria – “We are living through the worst period in our history”
News 30 Oct 2020
Syria – “We are living through the worst period in our history”

Desolation and discouragement are spreading in Syria, so we must therefore sow hope for the people.

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Pakistani Catholic still lives in hiding after blasphemy acquittal two decades ago
News 28 Oct 2020
Pakistani Catholic still lives in hiding after blasphemy acquittal two decades ago

In Pakistan, Shafique Masih has been living in hiding for nearly two decades despite his acquittal in a blasphemy case in 2001.

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Free our 13-year-old girl
News 28 Oct 2020
Free our 13-year-old girl

ACN teams up with parents in fight to release Arzoo.

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Arson and vandalism: the continuing tragedy of two iconic churches in Santiago
News 27 Oct 2020
Arson and vandalism: the continuing tragedy of two iconic churches in Santiago

The irrationality and hatred we are witnessing is an attack on a fundamental human right to religious liberty!

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A million children praying the Rosary – record numbers respond
News 27 Oct 2020
A million children praying the Rosary – record numbers respond

Responding to the appeal by Pope Francis, inviting all children to join in this initiative, young people from no fewer than 136 different countries and on every continent took part in the most recent annual event of “A million children praying the Rosary....

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Priest killed in Venezuela
News 22 Oct 2020
Priest killed in Venezuela

ACN has received the sad news of the murder of the Venezuelan priest José Manuel de Jesús Ferreira, parish priest of the Eucharistic Shrine of San Juan Bautista in the diocese of San Carlos de Cojedes and project partner of ACN.

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Two churches set in fire in Santiago de Chile
News 20 Oct 2020
Two churches set in fire in Santiago de Chile

The International Pontifical Foundation ACN condemns the violent attacks on churches in Santiago de Chile yesterday, 18 October. Two churches were attacked by protesters at a time when several hours of peaceful demonstrations were taking place to celebrat...

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Fundraising for Lebanon blast victims
News 17 Oct 2020
Fundraising for Lebanon blast victims

Two brave children, Trey and Erin, ages 13 and 11, and their parents recently organised a fundraiser for the victims in Beruit and donated the money to Aid to the Church in Need's National Emergency Appeal for Lebanon.

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ACN will support the reconstruction of Beirut with five million Euros
News 16 Oct 2020
ACN will support the reconstruction of Beirut with five million Euros

The charity announces new aid initiatives, ten weeks on from the catastrophic explosion in the city.

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Syria: The two Franciscan Friars giving hope to Christians living under Sharia in Idlib province
News 15 Oct 2020
Syria: The two Franciscan Friars giving hope to Christians living under Sharia in Idlib province

In spite of the difficulties, Father Luai and Father Hanna have stayed on there because they believe that this region should not be abandoned.

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Iraqi rescuer of centuries-old books from ISIS's destruction nominated for the EU award
News 14 Oct 2020
Iraqi rescuer of centuries-old books from ISIS's destruction nominated for the EU award

Mgr. Najeeb Michaeel, Chaldean Archbishop of Mosul, has been listed as one of the three finalists to obtain the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought by the European Parliament. The decision will be announced on 22 October.

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Pope Francis supports ACN's Prayer Campaign 'One Million Children Praying the Rosary'
News 13 Oct 2020
Pope Francis supports ACN's Prayer Campaign 'One Million Children Praying the Rosary'

During the Angelus in St Peter's Square on Sunday 11 October 2020, Pope Francis publicly announced and encouraged people to participate in Aid to the Church in Need's prayer campaign 'One Million Children Praying the Rosary.'

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Pakistan: Seven wasted years
News 13 Oct 2020
Pakistan: Seven wasted years

The head of a Catholic human rights’ organisation in Pakistan has hit out at the country’s justice system for taking so long to free the man wrongly accused of sparking one of the worst outbreaks of anti-Christian violence.

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Father Pier Luigi Maccalli finally set free after two years in the hands of jihadists
News 12 Oct 2020
Father Pier Luigi Maccalli finally set free after two years in the hands of jihadists

The Italian SMA missionary Father Pier Luigi Maccalli has finally been set free, on Tuesday 6 October 2020, more than two years after he was originally abducted in the diocese of Niamey in Niger, on 17 February 2018.

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Archbishop from Beirut: “We want to know the truth about the explosion”
News 08 Oct 2020
Archbishop from Beirut: “We want to know the truth about the explosion”

"The people in Lebanon are people who need love, they need to be cared for."

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Our land is now a pool of blood
News 07 Oct 2020
Our land is now a pool of blood

In an October 1 message marking the 60th anniversary of Nigeria’s independence from British rule, Bishop Matthew Kukah of Sokoto was harshly critical of the country’s President Mohammadu Buhari, faulting him for failing to rein in ongoing violence, much o...

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Lebanon: “The sisters are a living witness to Christ on earth”
News 06 Oct 2020
Lebanon: “The sisters are a living witness to Christ on earth”

John Paul II told us that Lebanon is a message: "We Christians here have an important role to play in this country, and the day we forget this message, Lebanon will no longer be Lebanon.”

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God is from every culture, from every clan
News 06 Oct 2020
God is from every culture, from every clan

A documentary film supported by Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) about a missionary living with the Dassanech people on Ethiopia’s Omo River, who works to overcome generations of inter-tribal violence through evangelisation and reconciliation, was selected...

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Maira: The struggle for justice takes a fresh turn
News 30 Sep 2020
Maira: The struggle for justice takes a fresh turn

Pakastani girl's struggle for freedom

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One million children praying the Rosary can change the world
News 29 Sep 2020
One million children praying the Rosary can change the world

“When one million children pray the rosary, the world will change” - St Padre Pio

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Every continent has its own calling; the calling of Africa is the family
News 25 Sep 2020
Every continent has its own calling; the calling of Africa is the family

Looking back at almost 30 years of service for the Church in Africa:

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LEBANON: They count on us for help – both spiritual and financial
News 23 Sep 2020
LEBANON: They count on us for help – both spiritual and financial

Interview with Reinhard Backes, head of projects for the pontifical foundation Aid to the Church in Need, after his visit to Lebanon from 7-16 September 2020.

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A Ray of Hope in Beirut
News 22 Sep 2020
A Ray of Hope in Beirut

We ask for the sake of humanity for the whole world to put their hands together and help the people in Lebanon.

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Nigeria: It is like we have been left to perish because of our faith
News 18 Sep 2020
Nigeria: It is like we have been left to perish because of our faith

The Bishop of Kaduna declares that 'dark clouds of violence have enveloped our land'

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Barring a miracle, we’re going to have to abandon Cuba
News 18 Sep 2020
Barring a miracle, we’re going to have to abandon Cuba

Our brothers and sisters in Cuba are struggling with poverty after the hurricane that hit in 2019

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Chad: "I am a child of the war"
News 15 Sep 2020
Chad: "I am a child of the war"

Interview with Fr. Léandre Mbaydeyo

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Lebanon in Crisis: “We need a miracle”
News 11 Sep 2020
Lebanon in Crisis: “We need a miracle”

These people are asking for the least of their rights – they are asking for food!

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Beirut: We will not abandon you
News 07 Sep 2020
Beirut: We will not abandon you

ACN is preparing a second wave of help for Beirut amid growing fears that last month’s explosion could spark an exodus of Christians from Lebanon.

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Belarus: ACN to participate in the call for prayer issued by the Catholic Metropolitan of Minsk-Mohilev
News 07 Sep 2020
Belarus: ACN to participate in the call for prayer issued by the Catholic Metropolitan of Minsk-Mohilev

Archbishop Kondrusievicz has since been refused re-entry into Belarus and unknown persons have changed the locks of a Catholic church in Minsk.  

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A Pakistani Catholic released after five years in prison for murder he didn't commit, tells his story
News 02 Sep 2020
A Pakistani Catholic released after five years in prison for murder he didn't commit, tells his story

Amjad Arif tells ACN about his sufferings after being unjustly arrested in 2015.

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“We need a ‘climate change’ in matters of religious freedom”
News 02 Sep 2020
“We need a ‘climate change’ in matters of religious freedom”

Interview with Ján Figel’, the former EU Special Envoy for the promotion of freedom of religion or belief outside the EU:

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Lebanon: You need to know
News 31 Aug 2020
Lebanon: You need to know

Maronite Father Charbel Eid, from Lebanon, talks about the situation in his native country. 

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Burkina Faso: First Holy Communion in between terrorism and COVID-19
News 31 Aug 2020
Burkina Faso: First Holy Communion in between terrorism and COVID-19

Children receiving the Sacrament of First Holy Communion talk with ACN International about their faith in Jesus.

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How ACN is striving to bring hope to Lebanon
News 25 Aug 2020
How ACN is striving to bring hope to Lebanon

Today all our people are struggling to obtain their daily bread

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Mozambique:  Pope Francis calls the Bishop of Pemba
News 21 Aug 2020
Mozambique: Pope Francis calls the Bishop of Pemba

Holy Father, Pope Francis calls the Bishop of Pemba:

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Belarus is writing a new page in its history
News 21 Aug 2020
Belarus is writing a new page in its history

The outcome of the August 9th election triggered serious riots

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Prayer Campaign for International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief
News 19 Aug 2020
Prayer Campaign for International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief

The 22nd of August has been dedicated as the 'International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief' which recognizes the importance of giving victims of acts of violence towards religion or belief and their families...

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International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief | 22 August
News 20 Aug 2020
International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief | 22 August

International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief must lead to concrete action says Dr Thomas Heine-Geldern, international executive president of Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need.

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Lebanon: “Throughout the 15 years of civil war we had never witnessed such destruction at one glance”
News 17 Aug 2020
Lebanon: “Throughout the 15 years of civil war we had never witnessed such destruction at one glance”

“The blast shook us’’, said Sister Rita Khoury from the Daughters of Charity.

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Myanmar needs religious leaders' prophetic voices and moral courage in building peace and justice
News 14 Aug 2020
Myanmar needs religious leaders' prophetic voices and moral courage in building peace and justice

Religions for Peace issued an appeal signed by Religious Leaders of Myanmar in connection with the elections scheduled for November. The document is entitled “Seize the opportunity!” and was published in July 13, 2020.

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Christians in Lebanon can count on help from ACN
News 12 Aug 2020
Christians in Lebanon can count on help from ACN

The charity is funding food parcels for survivors of the explosion in Beirut 

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Bishop Kukah: ‘Genocide is happening in Nigeria’
News 11 Aug 2020
Bishop Kukah: ‘Genocide is happening in Nigeria’

Systematic violence against Nigerian Christians by Fulani herdsmen constitutes genocide according to a leading Catholic bishop who stressed that Muslims are also falling foul of the violence. 

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Young ministers of mercy
News 11 Aug 2020
Young ministers of mercy

Food, clothes and medicine in urgent demand in Beirut!

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Always on the go for God
News 11 Aug 2020
Always on the go for God

Sister Shobka Rani Talari smiles when she gets on her new moped.

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60 years of independence: THE CATHOLIC CHALLENGE IN AFRICA
News 06 Aug 2020
60 years of independence: THE CATHOLIC CHALLENGE IN AFRICA

August will mark the anniversaries of nine other countries, namely Benin, Niger, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, the Central African Republic, the Republic of Congo (Congo Brazzaville), Gabon and Senegal.

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Pakistan: Christian man murdered for living in a Muslim suburb
News 06 Aug 2020
Pakistan: Christian man murdered for living in a Muslim suburb

The most recent attack on a Christian in Pakistan has further increased the suffering and fear among Christians throughout the country.

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Nicaragua: ACN condemns terrorist attack on cathedral
News 06 Aug 2020
Nicaragua: ACN condemns terrorist attack on cathedral

ACN International has condemned in the strongest terms the terrorist-style arson attack against the Catholic cathedral in Managua, the Nicaraguan capital.

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The Fazendas in Argentina – there is no revenge better than love
News 06 Aug 2020
The Fazendas in Argentina – there is no revenge better than love

The Fazendas – the “Farms of Hope” - seek to give an answer to this suffering.

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Iraq: A beacon of light for Baghdeda (Qaraqosh)
News 06 Aug 2020
Iraq: A beacon of light for Baghdeda (Qaraqosh)

Six years after IS-invasion a Church's reconstruction fuels Christian's hope.

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Lebanon Explosion
News 06 Aug 2020
Lebanon Explosion

Witnesses compare explosion to an “atomic bomb.”  

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Pakistan - Maira: Calamity in the courtroom
News 06 Aug 2020
Pakistan - Maira: Calamity in the courtroom

Campaign to free 14-year-old Christian girl in Pakistan.

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Mozambique: “The international community is nowhere to be seen in regard to the problem"
News 30 Jul 2020
Mozambique: “The international community is nowhere to be seen in regard to the problem"

Mozambique:  “The international community is nowhere to be seen in regard to the problem” in Cabo Delgado, says European deputy Paulo Rangel.

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100th anniversary of the birth of Pope Saint John Paul II – ACN remains faithful to his legacy to this day.
News 19 May 2020
100th anniversary of the birth of Pope Saint John Paul II – ACN remains faithful to his legacy to this day.

John Paul II made history during his lifetime and became one of the giants of the 20th century – both in the history of the Church and of the wider world. 

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Congo-Brazzaville: the Pygmies, already under threat, fear the arrival of Covid-19
News 13 May 2020
Congo-Brazzaville: the Pygmies, already under threat, fear the arrival of Covid-19

by Jacques Berset. The news came through on 14 March 2020 – the first known case of infection with Covid-19 had been detected in Brazzaville. In response the Congolese government had imposed a general lockdown on the entire population.

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SYRIA: NINE YEARS OF WAR - Religious sister living in Syria talks about the country’s tragic conditions.
News 16 Mar 2020
SYRIA: NINE YEARS OF WAR - Religious sister living in Syria talks about the country’s tragic conditions.

by Paulo Aido (edited by Maria Lozano). March 15 will mark the ninth anniversary of the start of the conflict in Syria. "The situation is terrible," said Sister Maria Lúcia Ferreira, a sister from the Mar Yakub Monastery in Qara, in the Christian region o...

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Archbishop Augustine Obiora Akubeze Remarks at the Peace Protest by CBCN in Abuja March 2020
News 05 Mar 2020
Archbishop Augustine Obiora Akubeze Remarks at the Peace Protest by CBCN in Abuja March 2020

by Grace Attu. Today we the Catholic Bishops of Nigeria and with significant support of priests, consecrated persons and our beloved lay faithful embark on a peaceful protest against the high level of insecurity in every part of Nigeria.

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The government of Nigeria does not do enough to protect Christians
News 10 Feb 2020
The government of Nigeria does not do enough to protect Christians

Nigeria is a unique country. Its inhabitants are distributed almost equally between Christians and Muslims. It comprises about one fifth of the African population, so a crisis that is not seriously dealt with in Nigeria would end up affecting the rest of...

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PAKISTAN: An “Asia Bibi jurisprudence” now exists
News 10 Feb 2020
PAKISTAN: An “Asia Bibi jurisprudence” now exists

by Thomas Oswald. Anne-Isabelle Tollet was the first foreign journalist to alert the international community about the Asia Bibi affair. After discovering, through the Pakistani woman, the iniquity and excesses of Pakistan’s “anti-blasphemy legislation...

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Burkina Faso – Bishop speaks to ACN after an Islamist attack on Christians on Sunday
News 04 Dec 2019
Burkina Faso – Bishop speaks to ACN after an Islamist attack on Christians on Sunday

“We Christians are persecuted, while the west remains indifferent – even selling arms to the terrorists instead of stopping them”

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