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In a Rio favela, a 12-year-old girl has bullet-proof faith

4 May , 2018  

LAÍS MARIA PEREIRA da Silva, 12, was born and raised in a part of Rio de Janeiro called Complexo da Maré, which comprises one of the biggest set of favelas—or shanty towns—in this Brazilian mega-city. Despite her youth, this girl is already well acquainted with violence, despair, and death. Her part of town is home […]

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“Bishop Romero was a student of Paul VI. It is significant that they are being canonised together,” says Cardinal Rosa Chávez

3 May , 2018  

In order to properly understand the miraculous significance of the canonisation of the Blessed Paul VI and the Blessed Bishop Romero, it helps to go back in time several decades. A young seminarian from El Salvador by the name of Oscar Arnulfo Romero came to Rome in 1937 to continue his theological studies in the […]

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The eleven of Marmarita: young volunteers coordinate aid for 2,000 families displaced by the war in Syria

27 Apr , 2018  

Several of the volunteers are themselves displaced persons, but do not hesitate to help others: “What motivates us is Jesus” ACN (Josué Villalón, Marmarita). Eleven young people make up the team of volunteers of the parish centre of St. Peter, the Greek Catholic church in Marmarita, which is located in the heart of the Valley […]

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“My mother was killed by a terrorist when she was helping him”

27 Apr , 2018  

Testimony of the daughter of one of the victims of the attacks in Cairo last December. Gunmen attacked worshippers leaving a Coptic Orthodox church on the southern outskirts of Cairo on Dec. 29, 2017. Subsequently claimed by ISIS, the assault—which took place some 10 minutes after the conclusion of Mass at St. Mina Church—killed nine […]

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The 300 Christians of Krak des Chevaliers, a World Heritage Site

11 Apr , 2018  

Father George Maamary, parish priest of the church of the Assumption, which is close to the fortress, is asking our help to rebuild their church so that the families can return there soon. ACN (Josué Villalón, Qalat’al Hosn).- Qalat’al Hosn is a village in western Syria in a region known as the Valley of the […]

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Mexico, one of the most dangerous countries for priests

26 Feb , 2018  

According to the Catholic news portal CCM, Mexico is the most dangerous country in Latin America for priests. “For the ninth year in a row, and even though no wars are being fought on our soil, our country is the nation with the highest number of murders of priests,” said priest and journalist Sergio Omar […]

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The baby saved from death in Iraq and adopted by a Christian family

24 Jan , 2018  

Its mother was raped by DAESH militants and left pregnant. The elders of her tribe wanted to kill the baby. But the child was saved, “something that could only have happened thanks to the Church” A baby saved from death in Iraq. A story of the triumph of good over evil. And it happened on […]

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“My father was killed two days after my birthday. I will always remember his smile right before he died. ”

24 Jan , 2018  

MARIAN NABIL HABIB refers to this day as “the martyrdom of my father.” Nabil Habib was 48; he was among the 29 people who died Dec. 11, 2016, in a suicide attack claimed by ISIS. The targets were worshippers at St. Peter and St. Paul’s Coptic Church in Cairo, also known as El-Botroseya Church. Marian, […]

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Russia: Concrete steps in the spirit of ecumenism

23 Jan , 2018  

From 18 to 25 January, the Christian churches will be observing the “Week of Prayer for Christian Unity”. The pontifical foundation Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) has been working to further the dialogue between the Catholic and Russian Orthodox churches for 25 years. The director of the foundation’s British national office describes a […]

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Life asserts itself again in Aleppo

22 Jan , 2018  

A larger group of Christian university students form a real family in the shadows of war The city district Sahbat Al-Jadida in the eastern part of Aleppo was hard hit by attacks and bombings during the last five years of the war in Syria. Today, several months after the end of combat operations in the […]

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