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India: Priest Finally Acquitted for the Charge of Singing Christmas Carols

Indian priest charged with singing Christmas carols finally acquitted after a four-year legal battle Father George Mangalapilly, an Indian priest, was recently acquitted of an alleged crime of “forcible religious conversion.” On December 14, 2017, he was attacked, along with 32 seminarians, by a group of radical Hindu extremists while singing Christmas carols in the […]

India: The Death of a ‘Fearless Advocate of the Poor’

“His fate should be a wake-up call for the international community” According to several international media reports, an elderly Indian Jesuit priest by the name of Father Stan Lourduswamy, imprisoned for several months by the Indian authorities, died on Monday 5 July 2021 in a Catholic hospital in Mumbai at the age of 84. Widely […]

Project of the Week – Pakistan

Construction of a security wall to protect against terrorist attacks In recent years there have been a succession of terrorist attacks on Christian churches in Pakistan. A very real danger of further attacks looms. As a result, it is imperative that Christians strengthen the security measures around their churches and parish centres. In fact, these […]

Myanmar: “I fear there is going to be a bloodbath”

Expert talks about the motives behind the military coup The future of the democratic process in Myanmar lies in the balance. In the early hours of February 1, the military of the former Burma once again seized power by coup. The armed forces have declared a one-year state of emergency in the country in Southeast […]

Press Release: Aid to the Church in Need, Red Week 2020

A Time of Reflection in Solidarity with the Persecuted Church Montreal, Monday, November 23, 2020—Close to a hundred people signed up for the virtual Red Wednesday event in Canada, which took place on November 18. Along with the Archbishops of Montreal, Vancouver and Toronto—Msgrs. Christian Lépine, Michael J. Miller et le Cardinal Thomas Collins – […]

Pakistan—A new case of abduction and forced conversion of a young Christian girl

Arzoo Raja, a 13-year-old Catholic girl from Karachi, Pakistan, was abducted on October 13, forced to abandon her faith and marry her 44-year-old Muslim abductor, Ali Azhar, who also resides in Karachi. Last Saturday, October 24, a large group of Christians and civil society activists, led by two members of parliament, gathered in front of […]

August 22: International Day Commemorating the Victims of Violence Based on Religion or Belief

“We cannot close our eyes to this reality,” states ACN International Executive President Thomas Heine-Geldern Following an unprecedented increase of violence against religious communities and people belonging to religious minorities, the UN General Assembly proclaimed August 22 as the International Day Commemorating the Victims of Violence Based on Religion or Belief in 2019. But according […]

ACN NEWS: Pakistan Discouragement and hope in cases of kidnapping

Pakistan Discouragement and hope in cases of kidnapping A 15-year-old young Christian girl, kidnapped and victim of sexual slavery, becomes pregnant By John Pontifex and Massimiliano Tubani for ACN International Translation and adaptation by Amanda Bridget Griffin, ACN Canada Information   The lawyer of the young girl’s family declared to Aid to the Church in […]

ACN News – The Case of an Abducted Girl in Pakistan

PAKISTAN The case of an abducted girl, 14, taken to High Court by her Christian family   By John Pontifex, ACN International Adapted by Amanda Bridget Griffin, ACN Canada Published on the web, June 22, 2020 A Christian family in Pakistan has gone to the High Court in their fight to win back their 14-year-old […]

ACN Interview – Mozambique: The hidden war

Mozambique: The hidden war “It is important to know what is happening – 52 young people were massacred on April 7 for refusing to join the insurgents.” An interview with Mgr. Luiz Fernando Lisboa, Mozambique 27.04.2020 by Maria Lozano Published on the web April 28, 2020 Pope Francis has been one of the few international […]