Philippines Appeal

Reaching out in faith beyond conflict and despair

Our brothers and sisters in the Philippines have endured some of the worst atrocities in recent months from Daesh (ISIS)-inspired extremists whose sole aim is to cause religious unrest. In spite of this, the Church continues to strive for peace between Christians and Muslims, particularly amongst the young people.

In May 2017, while Mass was celebrated at St Mary’s Cathedral in Marawi, Islamist extremists desecrated and set fire to the cathedral after kidnapping Fr Teresito “Chito” Suganob and 15 parishioners. This terrifying event unfolded into a five-month siege of Marawi. And by the time the government took back control, more than a thousand people had died, nearly 27,000 families had been displaced and the city of Marawi was devastated.

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 Image taken on a project trip to the Philippines 2018, Mindanao and Northern Luzon. Visit to the destroyed historic Centre of Marawi city, now called Ground Zero. On the picture: Inside view of the markedly destroyed St. Mary's Cathedral of Marawi. 
Photographer: Reinhard Backes. Copyright: Aid to the Church in Need

 
Then, in January 2019, Islamist extremists bombed Our Lady of Mount Carmel Cathedral in Jolo during morning Mass – at least 20 people died and more than 100 were injured.

We cannot begin to imagine the pain those affected by these attacks, and others, feel – but we can assist in their healing. With your kindness we can continue our vital support, reaching out in conflict and despair.

Phillippines Appeal

Emergency Aid

The five-month Marawi siege by Islamist extremists in 2017 left 27,000 families displaced including 8,000 children. The majority of those held captive were Christians. ACN is providing emergency relief for the internally displaced, most of whom are living in camps.

Trauma Healing

ACN is supporting Hapitanan Rehabilitation Centre, which is run by Bishop de la Peña and provides trauma healing for Christians who endured horrific physical and psychological violence during the Marawi siege.

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The bombing of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Jolo by Islamist extremists left 20 people dead and more than 100 wounded. ACN has been helping with various projects to bring healing to the people and is now moving on to help rebuild the destroyed cathedral and other church buildings.

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ACN is running a global campaign to strengthen its support for religious sisters in those countries where the Christian people are most affected by war, oppression, poverty or persecution. ACN Australia is aiming to raise $150,000 during the campaign to support those religious sisters around the world asking for our help.

“I don’t know if I would survive if the sisters were not here. They help me in everything: to find a house, they brought me to the hospital, they take my children to school and make sure we have something to eat...Probably I would die if the sisters weren’t here.” Mkasumi Mariana

The Pallotine sisters in Rwanda were founded by Saint Vincent Pallotti a very holy man, who helped the simple and poor people, the orphans and the sick. The sisters in Masaka work in the health-centre. Their biggest challenge is tending to all the needs of the local comunity. Can you help the sisters who give their life to serve others?

You can watch the videos and read the stories of many other inspiring religious sisters here: https://sisters.acninternational.org/australia

 
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ACN is running a special global campaign to strengthen its support for religious sisters in those countries where the Christian people are most affected by war, oppression, poverty or persecution. 

Each year, ACN receives more than 800 requests to support formation projects, subsistence aid, building or transportation projects of religious sisters in 85 countries.

As a result of these project requests ACN Australia is aiming to raise $150,000 during the lenten campaign to support those religious sisters around the world asking for our help.

Can you help us to reach this goal for our religious sisters?

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Help Break the Chains of Persecution in Pakistan

After a long struggle to prove her innocence against a false accusation of blasphemy, Asia Bibi was finally acquitted by the Pakistani Supreme Court in Oct 2018. At the time of writing, Asia is in protective custody. ACN is continuing to support Asia Bibi’s family. After a long struggle to prove her innocence against a false accusation of blasphemy, Asia Bibi was finally acquitted by the Pakistani Supreme Court in Oct 2018. At the time of writing, Asia is in protective custody. ACN is continuing to support Asia Bibi’s family.

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19 year old Eisham Ashiq (Asia Bibi’s daughter), was robbed of her mother for most of her childhood but thanks to the work of the National Commission for Justice and Peace, which provides legal aid and practical support to families, they are now reunited. The NCJP is a project supported by ACN. The controversial blasphemy laws are often misused to settle personal scores.

Currently in Pakistan 25 Christians are under trial for blasphemy, they need urgent legal aid.

Since 1990 the Commission has defended cases of blasphemy against Muslims, Christians and Hindus, and has campaigned for abolition of the blasphemy laws.

Fr Emmanuel Y. Mani, National Director since 1995, spoke at a press conference sponsored by AsiaNews titled “Save Christians and Pakistan from the blasphemy laws”. He informed international public opinion about the institutional injustices against religious minorities, in particular against the Christian community in Pakistan. The international community is putting pressure on the Pakistani government to stop discrimination and violence against religious minorities.

Blasphemy laws include Article 295, Sections B and C, and Article 298, Sections A, B and C, of the Pakistan Penal Code. These laws were incorporated into the criminal justice system between 1980 and 1986 by then President of Pakistan Zia-ul-Haq, supposedly to ensure respect for the Prophet Mohammed, his Companions and the Quran. These laws are unique in the contemporary world because they allow dubious charges to be brought against people who have been subjected to extra judicial killings, arson and destruction of their property.

 

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Cecil Shane Chaudhry, executive director (in the blue shirt) and Fr. Emmanuel Yousaf.

Would you consider becoming a regular benefactor?

We are especially grateful to those who are able to support us as recurring donors. This allows us to forsee what we will be able to offer projects like the NCJP in the future. Even a monthly donation of something as small as $5 helps us to know that we can allocate $60 per year to the suffering Church. You can change or cancel a monthly donation at any time.

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Every person who donates $30 or more - can choose to receive as a small thank you, the comfort cross. This comfort cross is made from olive wood from the Holy Land (a place where Christians are still being persecuted) and can be held in the palm of your hand as an aid to meditation and prayer and as a spiritual companion to ease fears and worries.

All our benefactors also receive our international newsletter The Mirror which includes stories of our work and the impact it is having around the world.

Please accept our deep thanks for your generosity on behalf of those who are persecuted for their faith.

 
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