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ACN TO ILLUMINATE COLISEUM IN RED – AND CHURCHES IN ALEPPO AND MOSUL AT THE SAME TIME. BREAKING THROUGH THE BARRIERS OF INDIFFERENCE TO PERSECUTION!

8 Feb , 2018  

  “Our aim is to break through the indifference, above all among the international community, and to strive to ensure that after 24 February no one can continue to ignore the persecution of Christians.” The words are those of Alessandro Monteduro, the director of the Italian branch of the international Catholic pastoral charity Aid to […]

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DRC security forces accused of killings in more than 130 Church attacks

22 Jan , 2018  

Army and police in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) stand accused of killing at least four people and injuring several others in attacks on more than 130 churches around the country. In the latest incident on Friday (12th January), two people were injured when security forces reportedly fired tear gas at Kinshasa Cathedral after […]

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STAND UP FOR OUR FAITH: Which dioceses are joining ACN’s Red Wednesday campaign?

21 Nov , 2017  

Earlier this year, pontifical charity Aid to the Church in Need, with the endorsement of the CBCP, invited all dioceses, minor basilicas and shrines to participate in the first Red Wednesday campaign in the Philippines. Bishops were requested to light their church facades in red in remembrance and honor of all modern-day Christians who were […]

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Iraqi Christians’ future threatened by referendum crisis

4 Oct , 2017  

Church leaders in northern Iraq have issued a stark warning that the crisis triggered by last week’s Kurdistan independence referendum could endanger the region’s Christian presence. Following the referendum, which could see the KRG (Kurdistan Regional Government) area seceding from northern Iraq, five senior Catholic and Orthodox bishops issued a statement appealing to the international […]

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Conference in Rome about Iraqi Christians’ right to return

27 Sep , 2017  

The Pontifical Foundation ACN brings together leading representatives of the Vatican and the Iraqi Christian community to claim their universal right to return to the Nineveh Plains.   On Thursday, September 28 at 9 a.m., the Pontifical Foundation Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) will host a conference “Return to the Roots – the […]

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Fr. Soganub: “I continue to believe in inter-religious dialogue”

17 Sep , 2017  

Updated: 18 September, 9 p.m. A smiling Fr. Teresito “Chito” Soganub was presented this afternoon during a press briefing by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). The priest was immediately excused by defense officials. However, before his exit, Fr. Soganub was allowed to give a short statement where he asked for prayers for a […]

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Celebrations mark return of Iraqi Christians to Nineveh

15 Sep , 2017  

About 500 Christian families – up to 2,500 people – celebrated their long-awaited homecoming to Iraq’s Nineveh Plains with ceremonies marking a fresh start in their old towns and villages. In Qaraqosh (Baghdeda), the largest of Nineveh’s Christian towns, priests and people holding olive branches processed through the streets chanting hymns in Aramaic, the language […]

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Fatima: ” The risk of “new powers and serious wars”

15 Sep , 2017  

The risk of “new powers and serious wars” was underlined yesterday afternoon, 12 September, by Cardinal Mauro Piacenza, the Major Penitentiary of the Holy See, during a press conference at the Cova da Iria, held to mark the beginning of the international pilgrimage to Fátima of the international Catholic pastoral charity and pontifical foundation Aid […]

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CUBA: “Archbishop, the chapel may have collapsed, but not the Church.”

12 Sep , 2017  

In a message to ACN, Archbishop Wilfredo Pino Estevez of Camagüey tells of his visit to the most badly damaged areas of his diocese. According to the local municipal emergency services, Hurricane Irma lashed the town of Esmeralda in the eastern province of Camaguey for a full nine hours, with winds in excess of 250 […]

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Christian refugee children must recite Islamic prayers before receiving food

7 Sep , 2017  

Christian children in Sudan’s refugee camps are not receiving food unless they say Islamic prayers, according to reports received by sources close to Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need. A contact, who asked to remain anonymous for security reasons, described how Christian refugees from South Sudan are “in a terrible situation” in refugee […]

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