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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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The Pope starts on Sunday a historic journey to the United Arab Emirates

1 Feb , 2019  

“I have never experienced animosity” Bishop Paul Hinder is Apostolic Vicar for southern Arabia. As such, the Swiss Capuchin monk will host the pope when he sets out for Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates this Sunday. Aid to the Church in Need spoke with him about tolerance in everyday life, a lack of […]

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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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Pakistan: “The blasphemy law destroys lives”

22 Jan , 2019  

Dominican Father James Channan has been working to establish a dialogue between Christians and Muslims for years – in a country in which acts of violence against the infinitesimally small minority of Christians are a regular occurrence and any perceived criticism of Islam is subject to draconian punishments under the blasphemy law; Asia Bibi was […]

Feature Stories

Panama: The Church wants to show the true face of the country

18 Jan , 2019  

On the XXXIV World Youth Day (WYD), the Catholic Church in Panama has decided to reveal the hidden face of the country. “When a foreigner arrives in Panama, he might think he’s in Dubai, but that’s just the façade,” says Archbishop José Domingo Ulloa of Panama City, the capital. This Central American country, which has […]

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ACN supports the rosaries included in the Pilgrim Kit for WYD Panama 2019

18 Jan , 2019  

On different occasions Pope Francis expressed the wish that young people should pray for peace in the world. In order to respond to this request, ACN has offered to send rosaries as a gift to the young people gathering at the World Youth Day in Panama in January 2019. Responsibility for supplying these rosaries has […]