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Burkina Faso: “50% of our territory is under occupation”

Burkina Faso has seen an unprecedented increase in terrorism since 2015 and on the 2nd of January a priest was murdered in the northwest of the country. Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) spoke to Bishop Laurent Dabiré of Dori, President of the Bishops’ Conference of Burkina Faso and Niger, on the situation in […]

Syria – “We place it in God’s hands”

Christians fear imminent Turkish ground incursion Since November 20, northern Syria has once again been targeted by a series of attacks coming from Turkey, which is determined to eradicate Kurdish combatants to “protect its borders,” according to the words of Turkish President Erdoğan. Aid to the Church in Need interviewed Rev. Nidal Abdel Massih Thomas, […]

Group of nine kidnapped in attack on Catholic Church released after six weeks

Cameroon – The Bishop of Mamfe expressed his gratitude for the release of the priests, laypeople, and a religious sister, but repeated his condemnation of the attack on the church in which they were taken by rebels. “I am sincerely grateful to all those who joined us in this collective effort of praying for the […]

Haiti – Churches and institutions attacked as the country suffers violence of armed gangs and the indifference of the world

“The Church has become a victim of the violence,” says Sister Marcella Catozza, a missionary in Haiti. The Italian nun claims that the situation has taken a turn for the worse since June, with churches and institutions coming under attack. The small Caribbean state of Haiti is going through a period of terrible violence. With […]

Terrorist attacks in Abuja

“The situation is very serious.” Archbishop of Nigerian capital decries insecurity and inequality (Photo archives: many priests and members of the Church were killed these last years by Boko Haram or affiliated groups). With violence now taking place in and around Abuja, Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama assesses the situation as very serious and accuses politicians being […]

South Sudan – “We must get back on our feet and give hope to the people.”

On March 25, in the Cathedral of Rumbek, South Sudan, Italian missionary Christian Carlassare was ordained bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Rumbek—a position that had been vacant for 10 years. In an interview with international charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) prior to this momentous occasion, the bishop described the attack he […]

India: Christians Seek Protection from Hindutva Government

Following a mob attack by right-wing extremists on a Catholic school, a leading cleric has said that Indian Christians will never be safe under Prime Minister Modi’s government. Speaking to Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) about the assault carried out by about 500 people on St Joseph school in Ganj Basoda, […]

Central Africa Tuesday’s attack: The number of deaths increase

Photo: Father Albert Toungoumalé-Baba Central Africa Tuesday’s attack: Number of dead increased The attack on the parish of Our Lady of Fatima in Bangui, the capital of Central Africa, on Tuesday, May 1, reportedly killed more than 20 people, including Father Albert Toungoumalé-Baba. Initially, it was already known that 15 parishioners and Father Albert had been killed. […]

PRESS RELEASE : Iraq – The greatest challenge is to retain hope

Marta Petrosillo, ACN Italia Adapted by Robert Lalonde, ACN Canada Montreal, June 11th, 2014. “We have never witnessed anything like it before. A large city like Mosul plunged into chaos and at the mercy of the groups that have attacked it”. That is how Chaldean Archbishop Amel Shimon Nona of Mosul has described to ACN […]

Nigeria – More outside help to defeat Boko Haram

Archbishop Kaigama: International community must do more to help defeat Boko Haram Reinhard Backes, ACN International Adapted by Robert Lalonde The international community should stop posturing and start providing practical support in the struggle against extremist violence in Nigeria – according to one of the country’s most senior Church leaders, whose city was rocked by […]