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A difficult Christmas in the birthplace of Jesus

Holy Land Bethlehem celebrates Christmas under difficult circumstances  Joseph and Mary quietly rocked the child. Shepherds gathered around them. Children in costumes were enacting the Nativity of Jesus deep in the subterranean chapels tucked away into nooks and crannies under the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. The actual Nativity took place close by over 2,000 […]

ACN Report – Christmas in Aleppo

Aleppo, Syria “Christmas without joy in their hearts” In the midst of the hellish conditions that have overshadowed Aleppo, Sister Annie endeavours to give the people a merry Christmas – Aid to the Church in Need is supporting her Christmas music, colourful balloons, lights and a Christmas tree: Sister Annie and her helpers have decorated […]

25th DECEMBER – NINTH AND FINAL DAY: NOVENA for Central Africa – on CHRISTMAS DAY

 FOR THOSE WHO ARE STRIVING FOR PEACE “For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. His authority shall grow continually, and there shall be endless peace for the throne of David and […]

December 18th – SECOND DAY: NOVENA for Central Africa

 For the Pastors and the faithful; For the living stones of the church. “O Adonai and leader of Israel, you appeared to Moses in a burning bush and you gave him the Law on Sinai. O come and save us with your mighty power” COME QUICKLY, LORD. COME, O SAVIOUR! GRANT US PEACE “Sunday Masses […]

Introduction to the Novena for peace in Central Africa

Tomorrow, December 17, we will begin our worldwide Novena. This introduction, a letter to ACN from the Bishop of Bangassou, is meant as a homage to the priests, the men and women in religious orders, and to so many laypersons who have taken in hundreds of thousands, especially in  Bangui  parishes as of late, in order to protect […]

GIFTS FOR SOME AND THREATS FOR OTHERS

While parents here run to buy Christmas presents for their children, parents over there, in far too many countries, run under threat to protect their children from danger. The arrival of Christmas is good news! – So the hymns tell us – news which bears the promise of peace and of love.  However, Christmas has […]