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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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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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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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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 […]

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Syria – a vocation marked by the resurrection

20 Apr , 2019  

I’m born anew after eight years! The story of Fadi Almost 8 years after the outbreak of a devastating civil war, Fadi, a young Syrian man, relates to ACN how he heard the call to service. It was the call of God to become his priest. However, his response to this call to serve God […]

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Nicaragua: A Church on the side of its people

11 Apr , 2019  

“We are carrying a small corner of the cross of Christ. We cannot carry it all. It is He who is helping us.” Nicaragua today is a country trapped between two identities: on the one side it is a nation led by a government that in many respects continues a long history of dictatorship, as […]

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Burkina Faso: Trapped and forced to flee their convent

10 Apr , 2019  

After their hasty departure from Kompienbiga, in the south-east of Burkina Faso, the sisters of the congregation, Sœurs des Campagnes took refuge with the brothers in the male branch of their same congregation, in Pama, back in January 2019 and just before the assassination of Father César Fernandez. Sister Thérèse, the Mother Superior, and Father […]

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MIRIAM, The voice of Aleppo

5 Apr , 2019  

In Aleppo the number of Christians shrank fivefold during the war. Now the economic crisis and the lack of professional employment opportunities are a source of anguish, especially for the young. The performers are a choir of 60 or so children and young people, supported by five musicians. It is Saturday 17 March in the […]

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ACN’s 2019 Lenten and Easter Campaign for religious sisters: Extraordinary Women: Thanks to God. Thanks to you.

19 Mar , 2019  

As part of its international Easter campaign in support of the work of religious sisters, the pontifical foundation Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) has collected testimonies from sisters from different countries. This article is the story of a religious sister from Kazakhstan.   Sister Vera Zinkovska, born in Shortandy, Kazakhstan – 43 years […]