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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