Syria: “Less than one minute was worse than 12 years of war”
News 08 Feb 2023
Syria: “Less than one minute was worse than 12 years of war”

Shocked and with their houses destroyed or damaged, many families have taken to sleeping in churches, convents, or even hospitals. Faced with yet another tragedy, Syrians ask for an end to sanctions.

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Prayer appeal for earthquake victims
Media releases 07 Feb 2023
Prayer appeal for earthquake victims

Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) is appealing for prayer amid alarming reports of two earthquakes killing more than 1,200 people and causing havoc in north-west Syria and south Turkey.

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South Sudan. “If I meet the Pope, I’ll thank him for bringing us hope”
News 07 Feb 2023
South Sudan. “If I meet the Pope, I’ll thank him for bringing us hope”

Sister Beta Almendra, a Portuguese Comboni missionary in Wau, South Sudan, can hardly hide her excitement at the visit of Pope Francis, which began on Friday, 3 February.

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FRANCE: Tribute to the martyrs of 2022
News 07 Feb 2023
FRANCE: Tribute to the martyrs of 2022

Aid to the Church in Need has just completed its 14th session of The Night of Witnesses, a series of prayer vigils organised in five French towns to pay tribute to all the priests and religious killed during the year because of their faith.

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Pope visits Congo and South Sudan, where the Church plays a major role in peacebuilding
News 07 Feb 2023
Pope visits Congo and South Sudan, where the Church plays a major role in peacebuilding

On 31 January Pope Francis landed in Kinshasa for a short visit to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He departed for Juba, South Sudan, on 3 February, and then back to Rome on 5 February.

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Nigeria. Thousands gather for moving tribute to Fr Isaac Achi  “The Lord found Fr Achi worthy of suffering with Jesus”
News 31 Jan 2023
Nigeria. Thousands gather for moving tribute to Fr Isaac Achi “The Lord found Fr Achi worthy of suffering with Jesus”

Fr Isaac Azekpili Achi was brutally murdered on January 15, when his home in Kafin Koro was attacked by unidentified armed men. After forcing their way into the residence, the criminals shot Fr Isaac and wounded his colleague, Fr Collins.

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Jihadist attack in Spain: “Officials and public opinion cannot ignore” rise in religious hatred
News 31 Jan 2023
Jihadist attack in Spain: “Officials and public opinion cannot ignore” rise in religious hatred

ACN had recently cooperated with the parish in which church warden Diego Valencia was murdered

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DR Congo: “The silence of the international community angers us”, says priest following attack on church
News 31 Jan 2023
DR Congo: “The silence of the international community angers us”, says priest following attack on church

Only days after a terrorist attack on a Protestant church in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Marcelo Oliveira, a Combonian who works as a missionary in the African country, denounced the silence of the international community.

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New convent in Batnaya beckons Christians to return to Iraq
News 31 Jan 2023
New convent in Batnaya beckons Christians to return to Iraq

“We must have faith to rebuild the village, and you are a sign of that faith”, Archbishop Thabet told dozens of Dominican sisters gathered for the inauguration of their new Convent of Saint Joseph.

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Priest murdered in attack on parish in Northern Nigeria
News 16 Jan 2023
Priest murdered in attack on parish in Northern Nigeria

Fr Isaac Achi was reportedly burned by unknown gunmen, and his assistant Fr Colins Omeh sustained gunshot wounds. Reports also emerged of the kidnapping of another priest in Southern Nigeria this Sunday.

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Syria: from prisoner, threatened with death, to Archbishop
News 24 Jan 2023
Syria: from prisoner, threatened with death, to Archbishop

Jacques Mourad lived as a prisoner of the Islamic State for five months before managing to escape to freedom. Now he has been appointed Syriac Catholic Archbishop of Homs.

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Amazonian indigenous community can now read the Bible in its own language
News 13 Jan 2023
Amazonian indigenous community can now read the Bible in its own language

The new Sateré language edition of ACN’s Child Bible is more than an instrument for deepening the faith, it also helps preserve the indigenous people’s language and culture.

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Burkina Faso: “50% of our territory is under occupation”
News 11 Jan 2023
Burkina Faso: “50% of our territory is under occupation”

Burkina Faso has seen an unprecedented increase in terrorism since 2015 and on 2 January a priest was murdered in the northwest of the country.

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“No peace without religious freedom”, says Pope
News 10 Jan 2023
“No peace without religious freedom”, says Pope

During his traditional speech to diplomats, Pope Francis warned of increasing intolerance towards Christians even in countries where they are not a minority.

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Attack on Christian villages causes more unrest in northern Mozambique
News 10 Jan 2023
Attack on Christian villages causes more unrest in northern Mozambique

A recent attack on two Christian villages in northern Mozambique left two people dead and four injured and caused unrest among the local population, with many people leaving their homes in search of safety.

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Over 100 priests and religious sisters kidnapped, arrested or killed in 2022
News 09 Jan 2023
Over 100 priests and religious sisters kidnapped, arrested or killed in 2022

At least 12 priests and five religious sisters were murdered during 2022. Nigeria was one of the most dangerous countries in which to serve the Church, but China, in Asia, and Nicaragua, in Latin America, also had many cases of harassment.

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Senegal: 40 years of conflict in the Casamance region
News 23 Dec 2022
Senegal: 40 years of conflict in the Casamance region

On 1 January, World Day of Prayer for Peace, the bishop brings together leaders to call for an end to the conflict.

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