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Mali – A deceptive sense of calm

Montreal, May 21, 2013 – Presently, Christians living in the north and east of Mali are no longer. An approximate 500 Catholics have now left the region. Although French troops control important towns such as Kidal, Gao and Timbuktu – pastoral workers, men and women in religious orders, cannot return to their mission stations. Brother […]

Eastern Europe – conclusion

Belarus  Construction of a monastery complex and pastoral centre for the Capuchin Brothers in Molodechno As early as 1990, directly after the political changes in Eastern Europe, the Capuchin Brothers came to Belarus. Today they number over 40 brothers and are thus the largest community of Catholic religious in this country, which until 1991 was […]

Interview with Head of Projects – Regina Lynch

On the program VUES D’AILLEURS (broadcast uniquely in French on Radio Ville-Marie Wednesday May 8th) Robert Lalonde, an ACN journalist,  interviewed Regina Lynch, Director of Projects at Aid to the Church in Need, International.  Translated by Amanda Bridget Griffin, ACN Canada Regina Lynch is surrounded by a team of 35 persons, divided into twelve project […]

Egypt – “An ecumenical watershed”

Interview with Bishop Anba Kyrillos William Samaan, Coptic-Catholic Bishop of Assiut Your Excellency, recently Pope Francis and the Coptic-Orthodox Pope Tawadros II met in Rome. Did this represent an ecumenical watershed between the two Churches?  Bishop Kyrillos: “Yes, you can really call it that. Pope Tawadros has shown from the very beginning that he wishes […]

Moldova – A car for the parish of Divine Providence in Chisinau

By ACN International Adapted by Amanda Bridget Griffin, ACN Canada The Republic of Moldova has just one Catholic diocese situated in its capital, Chisinau. Catholics make up only a tiny minority of a little over 0.4 % and widely scattered within the total population. In the capital Chisinau itself, a city populated by 700,000 souls, there are […]

Ukraine “Today we are seen as an Indigenous Church”

In the days to come, we will present you with a series of 3 articles about the Church in Eastern Europe:  Ukraine, Moldavia and Belarus. ___________________________________________ Reinhard Backes, ACN International Adapted by ACN Canada In Ukraine the Catholic Church enjoys a very positive reception. This is true for both the members of the Roman Catholic […]

Uganda: New studio inaugurated on “World Communications Day”

“Radio Wa contributes greatly to peace and reconciliation”  The radio station which set ablaze by LRA rebels in 2002 during the civil war and had since been housed in temporary accommodation has finally been reconstructed. On the occasion of the 47th World Communications Day, May 12th, the north Ugandan diocese of Lira, the new building […]

World Communications Day

An interview with Mark von Riedemann, Communication Director of Aid to the Church in Need. By Reinhard Backes, ACN International 1.  How important is media work for an international CatholiWorlc pastoral charity like Aid to the Church in Need, which finances over 5,000 projects per year? Fr. Werenfried, the founder of Aid to the Church […]

Nigeria – The fear of losing votes

Montreal, Monday May 13th, 2013 – Last week, on May 7, we reported the statements made by His Eminence, Cardinal John Onaiyekan Archbishop of Abuja, in his recent speech delivered before the Comity of Foreign Affairs of the European Parliament in Brussels and where he said the following: “Growing corruption and religious violence jeopardize the […]

Nigeria Promoting reconciliation and peace

ACN International Adapted by Robert Lalonde, ACN Canada  Nigeria is going through a time of trial and horror – and not only since the attacks by the Islamist terror group Boko Haram. For years now a succession of conflicts has torn at this vast West African nation. Everywhere, among ordinary people, there is a longing […]