Afghanistan: Shahnaz Bhatti, Testimony of a Catholic Sister

Originally from Pakistan, Sister Shahnaz Bhatti is a member of the congregation of the Sisters of Charity of Saint Jeanne-Antide Thouret. Until August 25, the religious Sister was serving in Afghanistan, when she was able to leave the country through the help of the Italian armed forces. She talked about her experiences with Aid to […]

Iraq’s Extremists emboldened by Taliban takeover

The threat of Daesh (ISIS) and other extremists in Iraq has grown following the taliban’s return to power in Afghanistan – according to one of the Middle East’s most respected bishops. Chaldean Catholic Archbishop Bashar Warda of Erbil told leading Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) that the taliban’s rise to power […]

Afghanistan: ACN Sees a Dark Future for Religious Freedom

On August 19, marking the 102nd anniversary of the country’s independence from British rule, Zabihullah Mujahid, spokesman for the Taliban, declared Afghanistan to be the “Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan” in his official Twitter account. Thomas Heine-Geldern, Executive President of the pontifical charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), expresses profound concerns about the seizure […]

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

Pakistan: “The lives of victims accused of blasphemy are forever threatened and many have been killed.” In 2019 the UN General Assembly proclaimed August 22 as the International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief. According to the report “Religious Freedom in the World” by the international charity Aid […]

MALI: The Blessing of the Great Silence

After two years living as a captive in the desert, somewhere between Niger and Mali, the Italian missionary Father Pierluigi Maccalli, who was received by the Pope on November 9, 2020, recalled his first impressions in an interview conducted by the SMA Media Centre a few hours after his liberation. Aid to the Church in […]

Pakistan—Maira’s Struggle for Justice Takes a Fresh Turn

The case of a Catholic girl from Madina Town, near Faisalabad has taken an unexpected turn after the defendant failed to appear in court. The 14-year-old Pakistani girl and her family continue her struggle to be free of the man who raped—and blackmailed her into marriage and religious conversion. A Rawalpindi court requested new evidence […]

Asia Bibi: “Please Help our Girls”

In a moving interview which she gave to the international Catholic pastoral and Pontifical Charity, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), Asia Bibi made a heartfelt appeal to Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on behalf of the religious minorities in the country, recalling in particular the terrible plight of the many underage Pakistani girls […]

EU to Reinstate Special Envoy for Freedom of Religion at a Crucial Time

The European Union (EU) has decided it will have a Special Envoy for Freedom of Religion, responding to calls from political and civil society fronts in Europe and abroad. The decision was announced on Wednesday,  July 8 by the European Commission (EC) Vice-president, Margaritis Schinas, prompting a sigh of relief among the many organizations working […]

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 […]