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Pope Francis blesses 6,000 rosaries for Syria

19 Aug , 2019  

Pope Francis blesses 6,000 rosaries for Syria - © Servizio Fotografico - Vatican Media
As part of a spiritual initiative by ACN to comfort the grieving On 15 August, the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Pope Francis, during the Angelus prayer in St Peter’s Square, blessed 6,000 rosaries destined for Syria. They will be given to people in Syria who have had relatives or family […]

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Sri Lanka: The terror attacks have hurt people of all faiths

13 Aug , 2019  

Sri Lanka: The terror attacks have hurt people of all faiths
Many Buddhists on the island also admire the Catholics for their peaceful, non-violent reaction   “The people here are good, but the government is bad”. This was the opinion expressed by one Buddhist taxi driver. And his view is one widely held in Sri Lanka today. Ever since it became public knowledge that the political […]

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“Religious fundamentalism places Christians on the fringes of society”

8 Aug , 2019  

“Religious fundamentalism places Christians on the fringes of society”
Archbishop reports on the current situation in the Holy Land Pierbattista Pizzaballa has already spent more than three decades of his life in the Holy Land. In 2016, the Franciscan was made Archbishop and Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem. In an interview with Daniele Piccini while visiting ACN Germany, the archbishop recently […]

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Hundreds march in solidarity for bishops amidst sedition complaint

2 Aug , 2019  

UPDATED as of August 5, 2019 On July 31, the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan organized a Mass and a candle-lighting ceremony to express solidarity for the faithful leaders accused of inciting sedition, cyber libel, libel, and obstruction of justice. Involved in the sedition charge are the Vice President of the Philippines and 35 others, including four […]

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Boko Haram strikes back in Cameroon – Amputee women, the new tactic of terror

1 Aug , 2019  

Boko Haram strikes back in Cameroon - Amputee women, the new tactic of terror
On the night of July 29, members of the terrorist group Boko Haram attacked the town of Gagalari [not Kalagari as it puts in some media] in the diocese of Yagoua in the Far North region of Cameroon. According to information received today from local sources by the ACN Foundation, the terrorists seem to have […]

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Summer camps in Syria – “She felt her heart had begun to beat again”

1 Aug , 2019  

Summer camps in Syria – “She felt her heart had begun to beat again”
In the course of 2019 the international Catholic pastoral charity and pontifical foundation Aid to the Church in Need (ACN International) is supporting over 40 different projects for summer activities on behalf of the Christian communities in countries where they are a minority, experience discrimination or suffering as a result of wars or other conflicts. […]

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Christians in Pakistan living between hope and fear

29 Jul , 2019  

Christians in Pakistan living between hope and fear
The Catholic Church in Pakistan is important for the country, says Reinhard Backes. He recently visited Pakistan for the fourth time as permanent section leader of the Pontifical Foundation Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), in order to inform himself about the situation of the Christians and the projects that ACN supports. “With more […]

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Renewed by Faith: Jolo Cathedral Restored After Twin Bombing

22 Jul , 2019  

Renewed By Faith: Jolo Cathedral Restored After Twin Bombing
“I can see their faces, I could remember everything.” (Father Jeff Nadua to Rappler) In an interview with Rappler, this was how Father Jeff Nadua, a priest at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Cathedral, described his reaction towards the deadly bombing incident which occurred during the Sunday Mass of January 27, 2019. Father Nadua, however, […]

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“Do not be afraid, little flock”

6 May , 2019  

On 7 May, immediately following his stay in Bulgaria, where Pope Francis is scheduled to visit the cities of Sofia and Rakovski on 5 and 6 May, the leader of the Catholic Church will travel to neighbouring North Macedonia. North Macedonia became the official name of the former Republic of Macedonia in February. During his […]

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RWANDA: The Christian couple, among the first victims of the genocide in 1994

25 Apr , 2019  

25 years ago, on 7 April 1994, Cyprien and Daphrose Rugamba were cut down by the bullets of the Hutu militias. Cyprien was already a celebrated poet and choreographer who had undergone a radical conversion and was working actively for the reconciliation of the different tribal groups within his country. Their killers murdered them on […]