Interviews

CAMEROON: “The truth we speak is not welcome in this fratricidal conflict.”

8 Feb , 2019  

At present the Anglophone areas of Cameroon are being constantly shaken by a conflict between Anglophone separatist groups and the Francophone central government. In this context of fratricidal conflict, the Church is attempting to rekindle dialogue between the two parties. Bishop Emmanuel Abbo of Ngaoundéré, in the Francophone area, who is 49, and Auxiliary Bishop […]

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The Pope starts on Sunday a historic journey to the United Arab Emirates

1 Feb , 2019  

“I have never experienced animosity” Bishop Paul Hinder is Apostolic Vicar for southern Arabia. As such, the Swiss Capuchin monk will host the pope when he sets out for Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates this Sunday. Aid to the Church in Need spoke with him about tolerance in everyday life, a lack of […]

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Pakistan: “The blasphemy law destroys lives”

22 Jan , 2019  

Dominican Father James Channan has been working to establish a dialogue between Christians and Muslims for years – in a country in which acts of violence against the infinitesimally small minority of Christians are a regular occurrence and any perceived criticism of Islam is subject to draconian punishments under the blasphemy law; Asia Bibi was […]

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IRAN : «A Church without martyrs would be like a tree without fruit »

11 Dec , 2018  

Shortly after the United States had imposed new economic sanctions on Iran, Archbishop Ramzi Garmou of Teheran, who is also president of the Iranian bishops’ conference, spoke with the pontifical foundation Aid to the Church in Need (ACN). Born in the territory now known as Iraqi Kurdistan, he has been living in Iran since 1976 […]

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“Whatever may happen, the Church in Cuba will not give up in the face of the difficulties”

14 Nov , 2018  

Both the Cuban people and the Catholic Church in the country are living through a time of change, and yet the lack of true reforms and the lack of resources together constitute one of the greatest challenges facing society. Such is the situation, as explained to the international Catholic pastoral charity and pontifical foundation ACN […]

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“The daily search for food has become a Via Dolorosa”

6 Oct , 2018  

According to the UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) and other international organisations, more than two million people have left Venezuela in the last few years. This forced displacement reflects the severe economic, political and social crisis that has befallen the country. The church in Venezuela is dealing with this situation together with the […]

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Prospect of hope and a future for the South Sudanese refugees dispersed throughout many camps in Uganda

18 Sep , 2018  

Christine du Coudray, the person responsible for the Africa Department at the Pontifical Foundation Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), returned from a journey to Uganda a few weeks ago. While there she visited the Bidibidi and Imvepi camps located in the north-west of the country. There are 1.2 million refugees, coming for the […]

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A Bishop speaks about the crisis in the Central African Republic: “The perils of life can never prevent the Church from prospering and growing.”

12 Sep , 2018  

How is the situation generally in the country at the present time? The Central African Republic is continuing to strive as best it can to emerge from the crisis that has affected it like a gangrene for the past five years and more. The new democratically elected authorities are struggling to assert their authority throughout […]

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The Venezuelan bishops ask for prayers on the eve of their ad limina to visit Rome

6 Sep , 2018  

Venezuela is going through what is perhaps the most grave crisis in its history. The Venezuelan bishops are preparing for their meeting with the Holy Father, according to the tradition of the ad limina visits to Rome. It will be their first meeting with Pope Francis, since the last two visits were in the year […]

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SYRIA: “We have to rebuild the country. Simply wanting to return is not enough.”

29 Aug , 2018  

Under the leadership of Maronite Archbishop Samir Nassar of Damascus and with the support of the international Catholic pastoral charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), a delegation from the Family Commission of the Syrian Bishops’ Conference (1) was able to participate in the World Meeting of Families in Dublin from August 21 to […]

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