Feature Stories

Indonesia: the life of a Catholic teen in an ocean of Muslims

31 Aug , 2018  

GANDHI AJENG ANAMPIANI Princess Elisabeth, Ajeng, is a 17-year-old Catholic teenager, who experiences in dramatic fashion on a daily basis what it’s like to be a Christian in the country with the world’s largest Muslim population. She attends a public high school in her hometown of Bekasi, West Java, Indonesia: of the school’s 1200 students, […]

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Meditation Father Michael Shields in WMOF Dublin 2018

30 Aug , 2018  

‘Praise to Jesus Christ – now and forever’. This is the English translation of the Catholic greeting in Russia. One more time: ‘Praise to Jesus Christ – now and forever’. Marvelous. Let’s be enthusiastic for Jesus. My name is Fr. Michael Shields from Alaska. I have spent the last 25 years in Siberia Russia in […]

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CAMEROON: CONVERSION IN PRISON

16 Aug , 2018  

ACN renovates the chapel at Bafoussam Prison. Sr Orencya, a Pallottine sister, works for the Church in Cameroon. Since 2009, she has been working as a prison chaplain. She visits prisoners twice a week at Bafoussam Central Prison. The prison is comprised of a women’s ward, an adult men’s ward and a youth ward. There […]

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For an Indian Catholic, bitter memories a decade after murderous Hindu violence

14 Aug , 2018  

It is the tenth anniversary of an horrific outburst of anti-Christian violence that, in August 2008, killed more than 100 Christians in the Kandhamal district of India’s Odisha State; the violence damaged or destroyed 300 churches and 6,000 homes, with 50,000 people ending up displaced. A nun was gang raped. Tarun Kumar Nayak, 19, is […]

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From Colombia, a story of forgiveness without limits

8 Aug , 2018  

PASTORA MIRA GARCÍA, through acts of Christian love and forgiveness in the face of hatred and violence, has become one of Colombia’s best-known women of faith as her nation is still grappling with the aftermath of decades of unrelenting violence. The past 60 years saw an armed struggle involving Marxist guerillas, government troops and extreme […]

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“I want my child to grow up in Iraq”

18 Jul , 2018  

How young Christian parents found a house for themselves and their newborn child thanks to Aid to the Church in Need. For some Christians in Iraq, the future is just a few weeks old. Baby Timotheus was born in mid-May. “It is my heartfelt wish that my son will be able to grow up in […]

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Northern Luzon Dioceses hold Clergy Retreat

18 Jul , 2018  

In celebration of the 2018 Year of the Clergy and Consecrated Persons in the Philippines, an estimated 770 priests and 15 bishops from the 16 dioceses in Northern Luzon Philippines converged in Baguio City at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Atonement for the Northern Luzon Clergy Retreat from July 16-20, 2018. “To Be […]

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ACN Projects July 2018

3 Jul , 2018  

Mozambique   Help to rebuild two village chapels destroyed by a cyclone In January 2017 the coastal region of northern Mozambique was battered for five long days by a severe cyclone. The tropical storm brought heavy rainfall and devastated large swathes of the countryside in two of the coastal provinces of this country in southeast […]

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A picture of helplessness on the Venezuelan frontier

8 Jun , 2018  

Since the recent controversial presidential elections in Venezuela (in which President Maduro was re-elected in a manner deemed fraudulent by his opponents), the flood of migrants seeking better prospects in other nations has continued to grow, creating an emergency in which thousands of Venezuelans are in need of help as they attempt to cross the […]

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Wartime in Aleppo: ‘many days were like living in a movie’

8 Jun , 2018  

Jad Abed is a 10-year-old Syriac Orthodox boy living in Aleppo, Syria. He is in fifth grade. In this interview, he reflects on his life in the city that saw some of the most intense fighting in his country’s civil war. Though normal life is slowly resuming, for Jad the pain of suffering and deprivation […]