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Venezuelan Church denounces the political repression and human rights violations

6 Feb , 2019  

Appeal for prayers for peace on Sunday 10 February United in their concern to “avoid still greater suffering and pain for the people” and in their hope for a change in the course of the political and democratic situation that Venezuela is currently going through, the Venezuelan Bishops’ Conference have launched a joint communiqué, together […]

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Pope’s visit to Emirates 2019: “The seed has been sown”

6 Feb , 2019  

Eastern Church leaders hope historic papal visit in Abu Dhabi will be a source of lasting momentum Catholic Church leaders from the Near East have emphasised the significance of Pope Francis’s visit to the United Arab Emirates. “I believe that this is a very positive sign for the relationship between Islam and Christianity in the […]

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Fighting Against the Forces of Evil

6 Feb , 2019  

Jolo, Sulu – A small city in military lockdown, an all-out war in the adjacent municipality against violent extremists, families in mourning after burying their dead, injured patients recovering in various hospitals even as others have to be amputated, and a local Church trying its best to provide hope to the Christian minority while their […]

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“A historic visit”

2 Feb , 2019  

Pope Francis is to visit Abu Dhabi. The country is more tolerant to Christians than other countries. However, full religious freedom does not exist in the United Arab Emirates Shortly before the visit of Pope Francis to Abu Dhabi, the local church is talking about the support it has received from Muslims. In an interview […]

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Philippine Church Mourns, Jolo bombing kills 21

31 Jan , 2019  

The Cathedral of Mount Carmel in Jolo, Sulu in southern Philippines became the latest site of Christian persecution when two bomb explosions killed 21 people, mostly churchgoers, and injured more than 100 last January 27, 2019 at around 8:30 in the morning. ISIS issued a statement claiming responsibility for the two suicide bombers which detonated […]

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Why bombs in Mindanao and how do we celebrate the World Interfaith Harmony Week (WIHW)?

31 Jan , 2019  

The news of bombing in Cotabato a few weeks ago and the bombing of the Jolo Cathedral a few days ago and now a bombing in a Mosque in Zamboanga City makes all of us reflect. I don’t enter into details of the different bombings and the dynamic of these incidents. The reasons behind are […]

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Jolo Cathedral Twin Bombing Situational Report 01

28 Jan , 2019  

SITUATIONAL REPORT 01 As of January 27, 2019   |   6:00 PM Philippine Time   A. Incident Background At 830 am, January 27, 2019, two IEDs exploded in the Cathedral of Mount Carmel in Jolo, Sulu – one inside the church, while Sunday mass was going on, and as troops responded to the incident, the second […]

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Central African Republic: Death toll from the massacre in Alindao has now reached 80

25 Jan , 2019  

ACN is funding two aid projects for the local Catholic community as they return to a scene of utter devastation The number of people who have died as a result of the terrorist attacks of 15 November last year on the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in the diocese of Alindao and on the refugee […]

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Holy masses to thank Pope Francis for his support in the Middle East

17 Jan , 2019  

Over 1000 Holy Masses have been celebrated by Catholic communities in the Middle East in order to thank Pope Francis for his participation in the Advent initiative Candles for Peace in Syria, which was organised by the international Catholic pastoral charity and pontifical foundation Aid to the Church in Need (ACN International). On the first […]

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A secret global bestseller turns 40

16 Jan , 2019  

Aid to the Church in Need’s Children’s Bible celebrates anniversary   This year, the pontifical foundation Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) is celebrating the 40th anniversary of its children’s Bible, God Speaks to His Children. Since its release, more than 51 million copies have been distributed across the globe in 189 languages. “It […]