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Public Relations

Whether media relations, global meetings, events, conferences or campaigns – ACNs actions and public relations are highly diverse. Here are some of the activities organized by ACN International and some of its 23 national offices worldwide.

ACN Advent campaign Candles for Peace

Candles for Peace

In late November 2018, over 50,000 children from the war-torn cities of Aleppo, Damascus, Homs, Tartus, Hassaké and Marmarita in Syria took part in processions, plays and songs for peace.

Previously, at the invitation of ACN International, the children had painted scenes and prayers on lanterns and lampshades in schools and parishes to express their longing for peace and reconciliation. These paintings were then distributed to benefactors through ACN’s national offices, asking them to join in the children’s prayers for peace on the first Advent Sunday.

A candle lit by Pope Francis was decorated by a local craftsman from the Bab Touma quarter of the Old City of Damascus.

Pope launches ACN campaign

On the second Advent Sunday, during the Angelus on St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis lit a candle depicting photos of needy children in Syria. With this action, he opened the ACN Advent campaign “Candles for Peace” to support Christians in the troubled country. Afterwards, 400 masses for peace and the concerns of the Pope were celebrated in Syria, another 300 in Egypt, 250 on the Arabian Peninsula and 100 in Lebanon. At an international conference in Rome, ambassadors and participants were asked to light a virtual candle.