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Asia Bibi: acquittal could be close, says family

10 Oct , 2018  

  The family of a Christian woman fighting a death sentence in Pakistan believe the country’s Supreme Court may be on the verge of announcing her acquittal. The court yesterday (Monday, 8th October) referred judgement in the final hearing in the case of Asia Bibi, whose conviction for blasphemy is on appeal. Speaking on behalf […]

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Syria – ACN embarks on reconstruction programme in Aleppo

5 Oct , 2018  

The international Catholic pastoral charity and pontifical foundation Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) is sponsoring 32 new projects in Syria, at a total cost of 1.8 million Euros, for the restoration of the material and spiritual life of the Christian population there. Children, women and the sick will be among the first to […]

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“A positive result of the elections in Kurdistan can persuade many other Christians to stay in Iraq”

29 Sep , 2018  

On the vigil of the vote in the Autonomous Region, Patriarch Cardinal Louis Raphaël I Sako, speaks to ACN about hope, future and expectations of Christians in Iraq «From this election we expect a positive political change», says Cardinal Louis Raphaël I Sako, Chaldean Catholic Patriarch of Babylon and Head of the Chaldean Catholic Church, […]

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ANOTHER INCIDENT OF VIOLENCE AGAINST A CHRISTIAN WOMAN IN PAKISTAN

11 Sep , 2018  

SHE WAS THROWN FROM A SECOND STOREY ROOF AFTER REFUSING TO CONVERT TO ISLAM Binish Paul is 18 years old and a Christian. She attends public school in Pakistan. On 22 August, a young Muslim by the name of Taheer Abbas threw her from the second storey roof they were out on because she had […]

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Venezuela – the totalitarian project continues

27 Aug , 2018  

Bishops and experts comment on the nature and implications of the recent currency devaluation Just days after the introduction of the new economic measures by the government of Nicolás Maduro on 17 August this year, there is a sense of complete confusion and helplessness in Venezuelan society, both among the larger economic concerns and among […]

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CRISIS IN NICARAGUA

20 Jul , 2018  

CARDINAL BRENES TELLS ACN: THE TOWN OF MASAYA IS UNDER A HAIL OF BULLETS” – PLEASE PUT PRESSURE ON THE GOVERNMENT TO SHOW RESPECT FOR THE CHURCH AND THE NICARAGUAN PEOPLE   “Please put pressure on the government, urging it to show respect for the bishops, the priests and the population.” This was the appeal […]

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INDIA: Attacks and harassment against Christians at historically high levels Christians and religious minorities 10 years after Khandamal Riots

13 Jul , 2018  

2008 was a year Catholics in the Indian state of Odisha suffered a terrible suppression at the hands of Hindu fundamentalists intent on extinguishing the presence of Christianity. Murders, the burning of buildings and homes, the public rape of Christian women; these atrocities were committed in the state’s Khandamal district to force the faithful of […]

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Fourth Filipino Priest Shot in the Philippines

11 Jun , 2018  

A Catholic priest, who was a known defender of the faith against a local sect, was killed after he was shot in Nueva Ecija, a province 160 kilometers north of the capital, Manila. According to police authorities, Rev. Fr. Richmond Nilo, Ed.D, 43 years old, and parish priest of St. Vincent Ferrer, was gunned down […]

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Bangui, wounded, and in need of heroes

25 May , 2018  

At the most difficult moments heroes arise, and I do not doubt that these heroes exist here too in the Central African Republic, willing to rise up as one and say ‘no’ to violence, ‘no’ to barbarity, ‘no’ to destruction of their own selves. This was the appeal addressed by Cardinal Dieudonné Nzapalainga, the Archbishop of […]

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The Bishop of Makurdi speaks about the massacres of Christians in Nigeria: “There is a plan to Islamise the Christian areas.”

22 May , 2018  

“There is a clear agenda, a plan to Islamise all the areas that are currently predominantly Christian in the so-called Middle Belt of Nigeria.” This was the statement made by Bishop Wilfred Chikpa Anagbe of the diocese of Makurdi in Nigeria, who was speaking to the international Catholic pastoral charity Aid to the Church in […]