“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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RWANDA: The Christian couple, among the first victims of the genocide in 1994

25 Apr , 2019  

25 years ago, on 7 April 1994, Cyprien and Daphrose Rugamba were cut down by the bullets of the Hutu militias. Cyprien was already a celebrated poet and choreographer who had undergone a radical conversion and was working actively for the reconciliation of the different tribal groups within his country. Their killers murdered them on […]

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Syria – a vocation marked by the resurrection

20 Apr , 2019  

I’m born anew after eight years! The story of Fadi Almost 8 years after the outbreak of a devastating civil war, Fadi, a young Syrian man, relates to ACN how he heard the call to service. It was the call of God to become his priest. However, his response to this call to serve God […]


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 […]


Ukraine: Faith is triumphing over fear

16 Apr , 2019  

Despite ongoing crisis and conflict in Ukraine, the Church is thriving – according to a Church leader – who described a surge in priestly vocations and a dramatic increase in Mass attendance.  Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk, head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, told Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need about a growth […]


SYRIA: The bleeding wound of emigration

12 Apr , 2019  

The number of Christians in Aleppo fell dramatically during the war, from 180,000 before the war to 32,000 today. Joseph Tobji, Maronite Archbishop of Aleppo and shepherd of a small community of about 400 families, spoke with Pierre Macqueron of the pontifical foundation  Aid to the Church in Need (ACN).   What is the situation […]

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Nicaragua: A Church on the side of its people

11 Apr , 2019  

“We are carrying a small corner of the cross of Christ. We cannot carry it all. It is He who is helping us.” Nicaragua today is a country trapped between two identities: on the one side it is a nation led by a government that in many respects continues a long history of dictatorship, as […]

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Burkina Faso: Trapped and forced to flee their convent

10 Apr , 2019  

After their hasty departure from Kompienbiga, in the south-east of Burkina Faso, the sisters of the congregation, Sœurs des Campagnes took refuge with the brothers in the male branch of their same congregation, in Pama, back in January 2019 and just before the assassination of Father César Fernandez. Sister Thérèse, the Mother Superior, and Father […]


Central African Republic – Bishop denounces “predators” who seek to rob the riches of the country

6 Apr , 2019  

The Central African Republic is not only the poorest country in the world, but at the same time one of the most dangerous. For five years now an on-going civil war has been ravaging the country, with fighting continuing between the Islamist “Seleka” rebels, the so-called “Anti-balaka” militias, drawn from the non-Muslim population, and soldiers […]

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MIRIAM, The voice of Aleppo

5 Apr , 2019  

In Aleppo the number of Christians shrank fivefold during the war. Now the economic crisis and the lack of professional employment opportunities are a source of anguish, especially for the young. The performers are a choir of 60 or so children and young people, supported by five musicians. It is Saturday 17 March in the […]