Feature Stories

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 […]

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16 Mar , 2019  

Founded in 1914 in Italy by Fr. Giacomo Alberione Fr. Alberione understood the ever increasing influence of the media (in this time the press) and wanted to use them as means of evangelisation The charism of the Daughters of St. Paul is the proclamation via the mass media. They have libraries, edit and print Christian […]

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Bitter memories of time of terror for the priests in Zanzibar

5 Mar , 2019  

Father Damas Mfoi is a Catholic priest in the semi-autonomous archipelago of Zanzibar of the coast of Tanzania. Zanzibar is predominantly Muslim with a small Christian population. Since 2010, Father Mfoi has been a parish priest on the main island of Unguja. In 2012, the otherwise peaceful island community witnessed a series of violent attacks […]

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“Thank you, Pope Francis”

8 Feb , 2019  

The Pope celebrated the largest Holy Mass ever to be held on the Arab Peninsula in Abu Dhabi. But what will be the result of the papal visit? Gregory Fonseka is grateful: “I already experienced Pope Francis in Sri Lanka, my homeland. But I would never have thought that he would be celebrating Holy Mass […]

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Panama: The Church wants to show the true face of the country

18 Jan , 2019  

On the XXXIV World Youth Day (WYD), the Catholic Church in Panama has decided to reveal the hidden face of the country. “When a foreigner arrives in Panama, he might think he’s in Dubai, but that’s just the façade,” says Archbishop José Domingo Ulloa of Panama City, the capital. This Central American country, which has […]