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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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THE SISTERS OF THE CONGREGATION DAUGHTERS OF ST. PAUL (FSP) IN PAKISTAN

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 […]

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ACN supports the rosaries included in the Pilgrim Kit for WYD Panama 2019

18 Jan , 2019  

On different occasions Pope Francis expressed the wish that young people should pray for peace in the world. In order to respond to this request, ACN has offered to send rosaries as a gift to the young people gathering at the World Youth Day in Panama in January 2019. Responsibility for supplying these rosaries has […]

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Syria: “Being able to continue with my studies was what kept my hopes alive during the war”

4 Jan , 2019  

Thanks to the help of the international Catholic pastoral charity and pontifical foundation ACN, the great majority of Christian university students in Syria have been able to continue their studies. Since the beginning of the conflict in Syria the foundation has given over 3.6 million Euros in support of these young people’s school and university […]

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SYRIA: “We didn’t want to leave our home, but the roof fell in on us”

13 Dec , 2018  

How ACN is helping the local Church in Homs to distribute aid for fuel and heating Remond Ziade was 72 years old in that first year of the war in Homs, one of the cities most heavily involved in the fighting since the beginning of the conflict in Syria in 2011. Widespread street protests were […]

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Jos/Nigeria: The Nightmare of Fulani herdsmen attacks

9 Nov , 2018  

The city of Jos in Northern Nigeria has suffered severely from many long years of inter-religious violence at the hands of the terrorist group Boko Haram and just now when it seems to be recovering like the phoenix from the ashes, the incessant Fulani herdsmen attacks that have already affected many other areas in the […]

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Young Syrians: “We need the company of the Church to help us feel close to God.”

25 Oct , 2018  

“When we hear Pope Francis we realise that there is still hope of peace in Syria” In Rome the universality of the Church is again evident: until 28 October the  Synod of Bishops will continue there. Participants from five continents are dealing with various topics related to young people, their needs and their problems. Against […]