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LEAH SHARIBU: ONE YEAR IN CAPTIVITY

20 Feb , 2019  

Today, 19th February 2019 marks exactly one year since the abduction of 15-year old Leah Sharibu, one of the school girls taken hostage by Boko Haram Terrorists from Dapchi in Maiduguri, North East Nigeria.   Speaking with Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), Reverend Gideon Para-Mallam who is the family guardian and spokesman of […]

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Christians in Burkina Faso are becoming increasingly fearful for their lives

20 Feb , 2019  

The murder of a missionary in Burkina Faso reflects the alarming situation into which the country is sliding “Their vehicle was returning from a meeting in Togo when, just a few kilometres after the frontier, they were ambushed by terrorists who had just murdered four policemen and burned down a customs post. The armed men […]

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Russia: Ecumenical conference held on the third anniversary of the historic meeting between Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill

19 Feb , 2019  

An international ecumenical conference with prominent attendees was held on 12 February in Moscow to celebrate the third anniversary of the historic meeting between Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill, which took place on 12 February 2016 in the Cuban capital of Havana. The event was hosted by the chairman of the Department of […]

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Syria: A homecoming never to be forgotten

16 Feb , 2019  

Christian families in Syria forced from their town by extremists celebrated their return yesterday (Thursday, 14th February) with a ceremony marking the reconstruction of their homes. At the service, parishioners packed into St Mary’s Church, in Krak des Chevaliers (Al Husn) village, and received ‘Jesus is my Rock’ stone tablets and bottles of holy water […]

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Pakistan: “My husband is innocent!” – The “Asia Bibi’s” the world knows nothing about

15 Feb , 2019  

In Pakistan, 224 Christians have been victims of the blasphemy law since the law’s passage in 1986, Cecil Shane Chaudhry, Executive Director of the National Commission for Justice and Peace (NCJP) of Pakistan, told a delegation from Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) during a visit to the Asian country. Although the legal case […]

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Mons. Kaigama: “If the elections are marred by violence many innocent Nigerians will pay the prize”

14 Feb , 2019  

“ACN can mobilize their world net-work of friends, benefactors and supporters to commit Nigeria to special prayers at this critical time of elections.” Nigerians will be going to the polls on 16th February and 2nd March 2019 to elect a President, Federal Parliament and other representatives. Parts of the Country have continued to experience violence […]

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“Thank you, Pope Francis”

8 Feb , 2019  

The Pope celebrated the largest Holy Mass ever to be held on the Arab Peninsula in Abu Dhabi. But what will be the result of the papal visit? Gregory Fonseka is grateful: “I already experienced Pope Francis in Sri Lanka, my homeland. But I would never have thought that he would be celebrating Holy Mass […]

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CAMEROON: “The truth we speak is not welcome in this fratricidal conflict.”

8 Feb , 2019  

At present the Anglophone areas of Cameroon are being constantly shaken by a conflict between Anglophone separatist groups and the Francophone central government. In this context of fratricidal conflict, the Church is attempting to rekindle dialogue between the two parties. Bishop Emmanuel Abbo of Ngaoundéré, in the Francophone area, who is 49, and Auxiliary Bishop […]

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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 […]