Feature Stories

Indonesia: the life of a Catholic teen in an ocean of Muslims

31 Aug , 2018  

GANDHI AJENG ANAMPIANI Princess Elisabeth, Ajeng, is a 17-year-old Catholic teenager, who experiences in dramatic fashion on a daily basis what it’s like to be a Christian in the country with the world’s largest Muslim population. She attends a public high school in her hometown of Bekasi, West Java, Indonesia: of the school’s 1200 students, […]

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Meditation Father Michael Shields in WMOF Dublin 2018

30 Aug , 2018  

‘Praise to Jesus Christ – now and forever’. This is the English translation of the Catholic greeting in Russia. One more time: ‘Praise to Jesus Christ – now and forever’. Marvelous. Let’s be enthusiastic for Jesus. My name is Fr. Michael Shields from Alaska. I have spent the last 25 years in Siberia Russia in […]



SYRIA: “We have to rebuild the country. Simply wanting to return is not enough.”

29 Aug , 2018  

Under the leadership of Maronite Archbishop Samir Nassar of Damascus and with the support of the international Catholic pastoral charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), a delegation from the Family Commission of the Syrian Bishops’ Conference (1) was able to participate in the World Meeting of Families in Dublin from August 21 to […]

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Venezuela – the totalitarian project continues

27 Aug , 2018  

Bishops and experts comment on the nature and implications of the recent currency devaluation Just days after the introduction of the new economic measures by the government of Nicolás Maduro on 17 August this year, there is a sense of complete confusion and helplessness in Venezuelan society, both among the larger economic concerns and among […]

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16 Aug , 2018  

ACN renovates the chapel at Bafoussam Prison. Sr Orencya, a Pallottine sister, works for the Church in Cameroon. Since 2009, she has been working as a prison chaplain. She visits prisoners twice a week at Bafoussam Central Prison. The prison is comprised of a women’s ward, an adult men’s ward and a youth ward. There […]

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For an Indian Catholic, bitter memories a decade after murderous Hindu violence

14 Aug , 2018  

It is the tenth anniversary of an horrific outburst of anti-Christian violence that, in August 2008, killed more than 100 Christians in the Kandhamal district of India’s Odisha State; the violence damaged or destroyed 300 churches and 6,000 homes, with 50,000 people ending up displaced. A nun was gang raped. Tarun Kumar Nayak, 19, is […]

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20 Jul , 2018  

CARDINAL BRENES TELLS ACN: THE TOWN OF MASAYA IS UNDER A HAIL OF BULLETS” – PLEASE PUT PRESSURE ON THE GOVERNMENT TO SHOW RESPECT FOR THE CHURCH AND THE NICARAGUAN PEOPLE   “Please put pressure on the government, urging it to show respect for the bishops, the priests and the population.” This was the appeal […]

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“I want my child to grow up in Iraq”

18 Jul , 2018  

How young Christian parents found a house for themselves and their newborn child thanks to Aid to the Church in Need. For some Christians in Iraq, the future is just a few weeks old. Baby Timotheus was born in mid-May. “It is my heartfelt wish that my son will be able to grow up in […]

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Northern Luzon Dioceses hold Clergy Retreat

18 Jul , 2018  

In celebration of the 2018 Year of the Clergy and Consecrated Persons in the Philippines, an estimated 770 priests and 15 bishops from the 16 dioceses in Northern Luzon Philippines converged in Baguio City at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Atonement for the Northern Luzon Clergy Retreat from July 16-20, 2018. “To Be […]


INDIA: Attacks and harassment against Christians at historically high levels Christians and religious minorities 10 years after Khandamal Riots

13 Jul , 2018  

2008 was a year Catholics in the Indian state of Odisha suffered a terrible suppression at the hands of Hindu fundamentalists intent on extinguishing the presence of Christianity. Murders, the burning of buildings and homes, the public rape of Christian women; these atrocities were committed in the state’s Khandamal district to force the faithful of […]