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ACN Project of the Week: Transportation Help in Western Africa

Success Story: Providing a  car to enable pastoral work by the Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of the Apostles The congregation of the Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of the Apostles (Soeurs de Notre Dame des Apôtres) was established in 1876 in Lyons,France. The religious offer their expertise and presence in many different fields including […]

Burkina Faso: First Holy Communion, Between Terrorism and COVID-19

Communicants talk to ACN about their faith in Jesus Their faces radiant with joy, children dressed in their white robes dance and sing, clap their hands and pray to God. In Kaya, a provincial capital in Burkina Faso, nothing can overshadow the joy of celebrating the First Holy Communion. For a brief moment, the children […]

Iraq: A Beacon of Light for Baghdeda (Qaraqosh)

Nearly a month ago, the Christians of the Nineveh Plain recalled a tragic event: the invasion by the Islamic State (IS) group six years earlier. Fortunately, there is hope with the reconstruction of a legendary church in the region. On August 6, 2014, IS fighters conquered and razed the Christian settlements of the Nineveh Plain, […]

Lebanon: What You Need to Know

Maronite Father Charbel Eid, from Lebanon, talks about the situation in his native country. In a letter sent to ACN International, Father Charbel Eid, a Maronite Catholic priest and project partner of the charity, pours out his heart about the catastrophic situation currently facing the people of his home country, Lebanon. “You need to know…” […]

Pakistan: 14-year-old Maira Shahbaz Runs Away from Abductor

Maira Shahbaz, the kidnapped Pakistani Christian girl at the recent center of international attention, has escaped from the home of Mohamad Nakash, the man who according to the Lahore High Court, is her legitimate husband. After her escape, she went to a police station to give her testimony, in which she also declared that she […]

Pakistan – COVID-19: ACN Benefactors Save Families from Starvation

Christians are viewed as second-class citizens in Pakistan. Insulted, discriminated against, oppressed, they are rarely given the opportunity to advance socially. Most Christians have to eke out a living in the most poorly paid jobs, often working as day labourers, in the brickworks, as road sweepers, garbage collectors, rickshaw drivers or domestic staff and generally […]

August 22: International Day Commemorating the Victims of Violence Based on Religion or Belief

“We cannot close our eyes to this reality,” states ACN International Executive President Thomas Heine-Geldern Following an unprecedented increase of violence against religious communities and people belonging to religious minorities, the UN General Assembly proclaimed August 22 as the International Day Commemorating the Victims of Violence Based on Religion or Belief in 2019. But according […]

Albania: A Book on the Saints, for Youth Ministry

To see the saints as our friends and personal companions on our path to God – this is the idea behind the book Online with the Saints. Young readers are introduced to over 100 saints of every age and every nation – men and women, young and old, from many different backgrounds and various vocations […]

Beirut: Christians Defy Land-Grabbers

Christians in Beirut have responded with defiance amid reports that groups seeking to profit from last week’s explosion are trying to persuade them to sell up and leave. An estimated 300,000 families were displaced by the August 4th explosion and Monsignor Toufic Bou-Hadir described how people – including the elderly – are choosing to keep […]