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Lebanon in Crisis: “We Need A Miracle”

Quietly and politely they form a line in the hot sun outside the Socio-Medical Intercommunity Dispensary in the poor Beirut neighborhood of Nabaa.  Some are elderly and live alone.  Others have families to feed.  All have put aside any embarrassment in accepting a handout, in order to eat. The dispensary has been run by the […]

Success Story in Egypt

Supporting Families During the Coronavirus Crisis The centre for diaconic services was established in 2010 by the patriarchate of the Coptic Catholic Church. It offers a range of social and pastoral activities and initiatives, addressed above all towards women, families and young people. In addition to this there are various aid programs for those in […]

Lebanon: How ACN is Striving to Bring Hope

Christians in Lebanon are facing a situation of profound crisis, and in response to this the international Catholic pastoral pontifical charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) has approved three emergency aid projects for the most vulnerable families and for the refugees in the regions of Zahleh and the Bekaa Valley. Over the course […]

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 […]

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 […]

ACN Feature Story: Sisters in Russia Stand By marginalized during COVID-19

Novosibirsk Russia  “Sister, come back soon.” Religious Sisters in Russia at the side of the marginalized due to COVID-19 by Kira von Bock-Iwaniuk, ACN International Projects Department Adapted by Amanda Bridget Griffin, ACN Canada Published on the web, July 10, 2020   Very few have fallen ill, but all who live in the million-strong West […]

ACN Interview with Msgr. Nidal Thomas of Northern Syria

NORTHERN SYRIA: BETWEEN WAR PLANES AND CORONAVIRUS Interview with Msgr. Nidal Thomas: “We are not afraid, but we don’t know what the future holds for us.” Published on the web April 29, 2020 More than 20,000 Christian families lived before the war in the Al-Jazeera region, on the border with Turkey in east-northern Syria. Many […]