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“My mother was killed by a terrorist when she was helping him”

27 Apr , 2018  

Testimony of the daughter of one of the victims of the attacks in Cairo last December. Gunmen attacked worshippers leaving a Coptic Orthodox church on the southern outskirts of Cairo on Dec. 29, 2017. Subsequently claimed by ISIS, the assault—which took place some 10 minutes after the conclusion of Mass at St. Mina Church—killed nine […]

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Korea and the world pray for peace and reconciliation ahead of Friday’s summit meetings

27 Apr , 2018  

Ahead of the inner-Korean summit-meeting, the Holy Father as well as distinguished representatives of the Korean Church call for prayers for peace and reconciliation on the peninsula.   On Friday, April 27th, the South Korean president Moon Jae-in will meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un in Panmunjeom, the place where Korean soldiers from both sides […]


Bosnia and Herzegovina: “Open war against the Catholic church”

27 Apr , 2018  

The guns have been silent in Bosnia and Herzegovina for 23 years. However, according to Bishop Franjo Komarica, the country is like a powder keg. Head of the diocese of Banja Luka in the northern part of the country, the 72-year-old does not believe in beating about the bush, particularly when the discussion turns to […]


Archbishop appeals for prayers after yet another attack on Christians

23 Apr , 2018  

A leading Pakistan bishop has appealed for prayer after Christians in Quetta suffered their third attack in five months. Two Christian men – named as Rashid Khalid and Azhar Iqbal – and three others were injured after four attackers on motorbikes started shooting at people near a church in Quetta’s Essa Nagri Christian neighbourhood. The […]


Carrying on the work of Faith – New senior appointment at Aid to the Church in Need (ACN)

21 Apr , 2018  

The new Executive President of the pontifical foundation Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), Thomas Heine-Geldern, said he intends to continue his predecessor’s approach –including trusting in God for the success of the charity’s work. The appointment of Mr Heine-Geldern, who previously served as president of the board of ACN’s Austrian office, was publicly […]


“We want and we need peace. Please pray for us!”, an appeal from Syria by Archbishop Jean-Abdo Arbach.

18 Apr , 2018  

The Melkite Catholic Archbishop of Homs, Mons. Jean-Arbach, has issued a message tinged with weariness and sadness at the current situation in Syria, after seven years of war and the most recent events. “People cannot take any more”, he says. “They simply want to live an ordinary life, to sleep peacefully in their beds and […]


Bishop of Congo-Brazzaville: “I go seven days a week to the market”

16 Apr , 2018  

Despite the disastrous Marxist influence up until 1992 and the recent proliferation of Protestant sects, the Catholic Church in Congo-Brazzaville is recovering some lost ground. During the visit of an ACN delegation to the diocese of Dolisie, established in 2013, Msgr. Bienvenu Manamika Bafouakouahou assessed the current situation in the country, and his way of […]


“In India, the Church serves all, fighting discrimination on all fronts”

12 Apr , 2018  

Bishop Sarat Chandra Nayak of Berhampur was recently appointed by the Catholic Conference of Bishops of India (CBCI) as the Chairman of the Commission for Scheduled Castes (SCs)/ other Backward Castes (BCs). An important part of the Commission’s task is to shape the Church’s policies with regard to the country’s dalits—the lowest caste in the […]

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The 300 Christians of Krak des Chevaliers, a World Heritage Site

11 Apr , 2018  

Father George Maamary, parish priest of the church of the Assumption, which is close to the fortress, is asking our help to rebuild their church so that the families can return there soon. ACN (Josué Villalón, Qalat’al Hosn).- Qalat’al Hosn is a village in western Syria in a region known as the Valley of the […]


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Philippines: “The reconstruction of the city of Marawi will take years”

9 Apr , 2018  

Reinhard Backes travelled to the Philippine city of Marawi for the Catholic pastoral charity Aid to the Church in Need. The Christian minority in the city was suppressed for months by Islamists. An interview about relations between Christians and Muslims in the region and how the aftermath of the conflict is being dealt with.   […]