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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Lebanon: With Catholic schools in “survival mode”, ACN helps keep the mission alive
News 22 Dec 2022
Lebanon: With Catholic schools in “survival mode”, ACN helps keep the mission alive

Teachers in Lebanon recognise that education is not a job, but a mission. But this mission is getting more and more difficult to achieve as the country continues in its downward spiral of economic crisis.

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Syria: “May the Lord forgive them, that is all I can say”
News 21 Dec 2022
Syria: “May the Lord forgive them, that is all I can say”

Mary, Mother of Reconciliation, is a model for Syrian Christians.

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Deep in crisis, Sri Lankans will focus on helping the poor this Christmas
News 21 Dec 2022
Deep in crisis, Sri Lankans will focus on helping the poor this Christmas

The bishops of Sri Lanka have asked the faithful to avoid lavish celebrations this Christmas, as the country faces an uphill struggle after mismanagement led to economic disaster.

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In Pakistan, healing for victims of abduction and forced marriage
News 19 Dec 2022
In Pakistan, healing for victims of abduction and forced marriage

More than 30 organizations, including the Justice and Peace Commission of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Pakistan, supported by ACN, have urged the government to assess data on incidents of forced conversion and present it to Parliament.

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Solidarity with the Christians of Lebanon and Syria
News 15 Dec 2022
Solidarity with the Christians of Lebanon and Syria

Faced with the dramatic situation in Lebanon and Syria, the international foundation Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) has launched a Christmas campaign for emergency assistance to support Christian communities in these two countries.

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In spite of everything, “it is a privilege to live in the Holy Land”
News 15 Dec 2022
In spite of everything, “it is a privilege to live in the Holy Land”

The Christians of the Holy Land are preparing to celebrate Christmas, more than 2000 years after the birth of Christ.

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