MALI: The Blessing of the Great Silence

After two years living as a captive in the desert, somewhere between Niger and Mali, the Italian missionary Father Pierluigi Maccalli, who was received by the Pope on November 9, 2020, recalled his first impressions in an interview conducted by the SMA Media Centre a few hours after his liberation. Aid to the Church in […]

Africa: “Every continent has its own calling; the calling of Africa is the family”

Nearly three decades of service for the Church in Africa For 28 years, Christine du Coudray has worked at the head office of the international Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) as head of projects for Africa. In this interview with Volker Niggewöhner, she takes a look back at her time with […]

Chad: “I Am a Child of the War”

Father Léandre Mbaydeyo, a priest from the diocese of N’Djaména in Chad, is currently studying in the parish of Saint Ambrose in Paris, with the help of a scholarship from the international Catholic pastoral and pontifical charity, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN). In the interview below he addresses the situation in his home […]

ACN Interview – the changes brought to Cuba through the communist ideologie

 CUBA “The Communist ideology has fundamentally changed society” Text by ACN International Adapted by Amanda Bridget Griffin, ACN Canada Posted on line March 18, 2020 In a country shaped by half a century under Communist rule, a country facing a lack of economic prospects and the disintegration of the traditional family, the Church in Cuba […]

ACN Interview in Mozambique Cabo Delgado Province with Bishop of Pemba

 Mozambique Cabo Delgado Province – continuing attacks “a tragedy” says Bishop of Pemba By Paulo Aido & Maria Lozano, ACN International Adapted by ACN Canada Published on the web February 20, 2020 The continuing attacks in northern Mozambique have already claimed over 500 lives and left thousands displaced, according to Bishop Luiz Fernando Lisboa of […]

ACN Interview – The Christian minority is under new pressure in Turkey

Abbot Aho Bilecen from monastery Mor Yakub d’Karno, Tur Abdin/Turkey Turkey “Christians are losing everything they own” by Tobias Lehner, ACN International Adapted by ACN Canada Published on the web February 10, 2020   The Christian minority is once again being put under pressure in Turkey. During the first half of January, the Syriac Orthodox […]

ACN Interview: The Synod for Amazonia – “The indigenous peoples have had God with them for a long time”

The Synod for Amazonia “The indigenous peoples have had God with them for a long time” Interview conducted by Rodrigo Arantes for ACN International Adapted by Amanda Bridget Griffin, ACN Canada The Synod for Amazonia has been underway since October 6, and will continue through to October 27, at the Vatican. It is a synod […]

ACN Interview: Professor Muna Yako, Iraqi Christian activist and constitutional expert

Iraq Political Islamists attempt to radicalize judiciary in Iraq  Christians fear a theocracy as parliamentarians try to change the Federal Supreme Court, which interprets the constitution and determines the constitutionality of laws and regulations. By Xavier Bisits, ACN International Adapted by Amanda Griffin ACN Canada In a country where Christians have grappled with targeted bombings, kidnapping, […]

ACN Interview – Archbishop reports on the current situation in the Holy Land

ACN Iview – Holy Land “Religious fundamentalism places Christians on the fringes of society” by Daniele Piccini & Tobias Lehner, ACN International Pierbattista Pizzaballa has already spent more than three decades of his life in the Holy Land. In 2016, the Franciscan was made Archbishop and Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem. In an […]

ACN Interview: Bishop Rolando José Álvarez Lagos of Matagalpa, Nicaragua

NICARAGUA “The unity of the Church is the greatest strength that we bishops have” Nicaragua is still shaken by the crisis that began 14 months ago. The country continues to make headlines as it did in mid-June with the pardoning of almost one hundred people who were still imprisoned for protesting against the government the […]