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Egypt – Violence against Christians during the Christmas season

Egypt is home to the largest Christian community in the Arab world – the Coptic Church. Dating back to the very beginnings of Christianity and to the Apostle Mark, there are about 8 million Copts in Egypt today. But in a deeply politically divided country with Islam as its state religion, even such a venerable […]

“Christians in Lebanon can count on help from ACN”

Beirut, Lebanon The charity is funding food parcels for survivors of the explosion in Beirut The international Catholic pastoral and pontifical charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN International) has been working for decades with numerous different project partners within Lebanon – above all in the areas of pastoral care and help for refugees. […]

ACN News – “2019 was a year of martyrs”

ACN International Initial assessment of the last year: “2019 was a year of martyrs” by Maria Lozano & Jürgen Liminski, ACN International Adapted by Amanda Bridget Griffin for ACN Canada Published on the web, January 10, 2019 Thomas Heine-Geldern, president of the pontifical charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), gives an initial assessment […]

ACN Interview: Christians in the Middle East

Photo: Iraq 30 November 2019 Candlelight vigil around the cross in Baghdeda Christians in the Middle East Fresh risk of genocide to Middle East Christians by Fionn Shiner, ACN International Adapted by Amanda Bridget Griffin, ACN Canada Published on the web December 19, 2019   Middle East Christians are at direct risk of a second […]

ACN Interview: ISIS invasion of Iraq, five years on

The final struggle: What remains of Christianity in Iraq five years after the ISIS invasion? On August 6, 2014, IS (Islamic State) units razed and conquered the Christian settlements of the Nineveh Plain, north of Mosul. Some 120,000 Christians had to flee overnight. Many of them found refuge around the Kurdish city of Erbil. For […]

Syria – ACN’s support of reconstruction gives hopes for Christians

Syria An action plan to enable thousands of Christians to return to their homes in the Syrian city of Homs was agreed in a house-repair program involving Church leaders and a leading Catholic charity, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN). by John Pontifex, ACN-International At the meeting in Homs, the leaders of five Church […]

Feature story of the week: United in prayer for the Middle East

Iraq and Jordan Day of Prayer for the Middle East Nuncio to Iraq and Jordan, Archbishop Alberto Ortega: “It is not possible to imagine the Middle East without the Christians.”   On Wednesday, July 4, the papal Nuncio in Iraq and Jordan, Archbishop Alberto Ortega, visited the Spanish national office of the international Catholic pontifical […]

Syria – young volunteers coordinate aid for 2000 displaced families

Syria Young volunteers coordinate aid for 2000 diplaced families Several of the volunteers are themselves displaced persons, but do not hesitate to help others: “What motivates us is Jesus” ACN (Josué Villalón, Marmarita). Eleven young people make up the team of volunteers of the parish centre of St. Peter, the Greek Catholic Church in Marmarita, […]

Syria – “We want and we need peace. Please pray for us!”

Syria  “We want and we need peace. Please pray for us!” an appeal from Syria by Archbishop Jean-Abdo Arbach.   The Greek Melkite Catholic Archbishop of Homs, Mons. Jean-Arbach, has issued a message tinged with weariness and sadness at the current situation in Syria, after seven years of war and the most recent events. “People […]