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Lebanon: Middle East’s Largest Christian Community in Deepening Crisis

As the historic summit with the Pope in Rome approaches, we look at the Middle East’s largest Christian community, which is in great peril. The economic and political crisis in Lebanon—home to the Middle East’s largest Christian community—has deepened ahead of an historic July 1 meeting between Pope Francis and Christian leaders from the country. […]

Iraq: Pope’s visit offers us a lifeline

According to one of the most influential bishops in the country, the Pope’s decision to visit Iraq may prove vital to saving its ancient Christian community from extinction. Chaldean Catholic Archbishop Bashar Warda of Erbil, which is the capital of semi-autonomous Kurdish northern Iraq, told Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) that […]

Call to Pray for Lebanon September 4, 2020

Appeal for Lebanon 2020 Complete text by Pope Francis, General Audience, Wednesday September 2, 2020 Dear Brothers and Sisters, One month after the tragedy that struck the city of Beirut, my thoughts turn once again to Lebanon and its people, so sorely tried. The priest beside me has brought the Lebanese flag to this Audience. […]

ACN Information Covid-19: a Missed Opportunity for Peace

Over two months ago, the UN issued an appeal for a worldwide ceasefire in the hope that people would instead concentrate on the battle against Covid-19. Six days later, the Pope also echoed this appeal. Now ACN has contacted Church leaders on the ground in the various conflict regions in order to find out what […]

ACN News – Mozambique: Carmelite Sisters testify to the “barbarity” of jihadists

 Mozambique Carmelite Sisters testify to the “barbarity” of jihadists Three days of attacks in the village of Macomia by Paulo Aido & Christophe Lafontaine Adapted by Amanda Bridget Griffin Published on the web, June 22, 2020   At the end of May, terrorist groups launched a merciless attack on the town of Macomia, in the […]

COVID-19 in Africa Catholic radio stations broadcast hope!

COVID-19 in Africa Catholic radio stations broadcast hope!   More than 14,500 people have tested positive for Covid-19 in Africa. The virus has cost the lives of almost 800 people there. Public institutions such as churches and schools are closed in numerous countries on the continent. Many Africans do not have access to the Internet […]

ACN Press: A Papal Blessing of an Icon for Syria

A Papal Blessing of an Icon for Syria Marie-Claude Lalonde among ACN delegates to Vatican By Mario Bard, ACN Canada Translated by Amanda Bridget Griffin, ACN Canada Monday, September 16, 2019 — The national director of Aid to the Church in Need Canada (ACN), Marie-Claude Lalonde, attended this past Sunday, September 15, the blessing of […]

ACN NEWS: Pope Francis Calls on Catholics to Pray for Syrian Families

POPE FRANCIS AND ACN – AN ACN EVENT SUPPORTING SYRIANS Pope Francis calls on Catholics to pray for Syrian families By Amanda Griffin and Maria Lozano, ACN International Published on the web, Friday August 16, 2019 Rome/Montreal, Thursday August 15, 2019 – This Thursday, August 15th, Pope Francis welcomed a delegation from Aid to the […]

ACN News: Prayers for the repose of the soul of His Eminence Cardinal Jaime Ortega

  Cuba A Shepherd to My People With great sadness the international Catholic pontifical charity has received news of the passing of His Eminence Cardinal Jaime Lucas Ortega Alamino, who dedicated his life with such care and humble concern to the service of the People of God on the island of Cuba. ACN had the […]

ACN Feature Story: Nicaragua – A Church supporting its people 

Nicaragua: A Church supporting its people “We are carrying a small corner of the cross of Christ. We cannot carry it all. It is He who is helping us.” by Ines San Martin , ACN International Revised by Amanda Bridget Griffin for ACN Canada Posted April 16, 2019 Nicaragua today is a country trapped between […]