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Pope Francis blesses Religious Icon for Syria with ACN reps

16 Sep , 2019  

Pope Francis blesses Religious Icon for Syria with ACN reps
ROME, ITALY – A small delegation of representatives from the papal charity foundation, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) stood witness to the Holy Father’s blessing of the icon of the Our Lady of Sorrows, Consoler of Syrians. The icon was made in August by Fr. Spiridon Kabbash, a Greek Orthodox priest from Homs […]

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“An important step, but one that needs to be followed by action”

22 Aug , 2019  

"An important step, but one that needs to be followed by action"
UN International Day Victims of Acts of Religious Violence – August 22 “The new day to commemorate the victims of religious violence is an important step to ensuring that more attention is paid to persecuted Christians in the future,” explained Dr Thomas Heine-Geldern. The executive president of the pontifical foundation Aid to the Church in […]

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Pope Francis blesses 6,000 rosaries for Syria

19 Aug , 2019  

Pope Francis blesses 6,000 rosaries for Syria - © Servizio Fotografico - Vatican Media
As part of a spiritual initiative by ACN to comfort the grieving On 15 August, the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Pope Francis, during the Angelus prayer in St Peter’s Square, blessed 6,000 rosaries destined for Syria. They will be given to people in Syria who have had relatives or family […]

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Hundreds march in solidarity for bishops amidst sedition complaint

2 Aug , 2019  

UPDATED as of August 5, 2019 On July 31, the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan organized a Mass and a candle-lighting ceremony to express solidarity for the faithful leaders accused of inciting sedition, cyber libel, libel, and obstruction of justice. Involved in the sedition charge are the Vice President of the Philippines and 35 others, including four […]

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Boko Haram strikes back in Cameroon – Amputee women, the new tactic of terror

1 Aug , 2019  

Boko Haram strikes back in Cameroon - Amputee women, the new tactic of terror
On the night of July 29, members of the terrorist group Boko Haram attacked the town of Gagalari [not Kalagari as it puts in some media] in the diocese of Yagoua in the Far North region of Cameroon. According to information received today from local sources by the ACN Foundation, the terrorists seem to have […]

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Christians in Pakistan living between hope and fear

29 Jul , 2019  

Christians in Pakistan living between hope and fear
The Catholic Church in Pakistan is important for the country, says Reinhard Backes. He recently visited Pakistan for the fourth time as permanent section leader of the Pontifical Foundation Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), in order to inform himself about the situation of the Christians and the projects that ACN supports. “With more […]

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“Do not be afraid, little flock”

6 May , 2019  

On 7 May, immediately following his stay in Bulgaria, where Pope Francis is scheduled to visit the cities of Sofia and Rakovski on 5 and 6 May, the leader of the Catholic Church will travel to neighbouring North Macedonia. North Macedonia became the official name of the former Republic of Macedonia in February. During his […]

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Drama at Notre-Dame: watch, pray, do not be discouraged

19 Apr , 2019  

On Monday 15 April, the first day of Holy Week, the cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris was ravaged by a terrible fire. This was a drama which invited us to pray unceasingly, and without being discouraged. Shortly before 8pm, the burning spire collapsed into the nave of the cathedral. The fire, which had broken out […]

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Humanitarian crisis in Venezuela – “We are simply watching people die”

5 Apr , 2019  

The heartrending testimony of a Venezuelan doctor which we give below is a reflection of the terrible problems people are still suffering from in this South American country, and of the humanitarian crisis resulting from the scarcity and high cost of medicines in particular. It comes on top of the failures in the national electricity […]

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Bishops speak out over electricity blackout in Venezuela

14 Mar , 2019  

 “In this time of legal darkness, there has been added a literal darkness” The political and economic crisis that is ravaging Venezuela has become even worse in recent days as a result of the electricity blackout that has affected the whole country, 23 different states, since March 7 this year. According to information provided by […]