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Syria: The Christian Hope Centre in Damascus

New micro-projects centre in Damascus provides hope to Syria’s embattled Christians The Christian Hope Centre a Syrian organization supported by the Catholic Church—has opened its first ever micro-projects program centre in the Syrian capital of Damascus. The program, which launched officially on July 22, will be the only micro-projects centre in the historic Christian quarter. […]

10 Years of War in Syria: Taking Stock of ACN’s Assistance Throughout the Conflict

Ten years have passed since the outbreak of war in Syria, which has left thousands dead, millions displaced, cities destroyed and a deep economic and social crisis. In this terrible decade, the Catholic pastoral aid organization Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) has launched 979 projects to alleviate the suffering of the population, especially that of the Christian minority, which is threatened with extinction

Syria: ACN International Calls on Community of States to Facilitate Humanitarian Aid

With ten years of conflict already in Syria ACN President Heine-Geldern sees an urgent need for action, particularly in the area of money transfers for emergency aid. Ten years after the conflict in Syria began, the international Catholic pastoral charity ACN International has called on the United States and the European Union to facilitate the […]

Syria: Sanctions Plunging the People into Suffering

Church representatives criticize ongoing embargo politics of the West Just ten years after the Syrian War began, the project partners of the international pontifical charity, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), sharply condemn the ongoing sanctions of the West. They have fallen far short of their actual objective of weakening the Assad regime, the […]

Lebanon: The Church Will Not Abandon the Refugees and the Needy

Lebanon is the country that has taken in the highest number of refugees in the world, in proportion to its own population. And the almost 1½ million refugees in the country also include many Christians. In the mainly Christian regions of the country the local Catholic Church has been helping the poorest and those in […]

Syria: “We gather to pray as one family”

“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” This was the biblical theme for the Mass of thanksgiving for the intentions of the benefactors of Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), which the Syrian Catholic Archbishop of Aleppo, Monsignor Antoine Chahda, celebrated yesterday, Sunday December 20, in the Syrian […]

Syria: Thank You Mass in Aleppo for ACN Benefactors

“Your support makes the families stay in the country,” Syrian Catholic Archbishop of Aleppo says. The celebration will be broadcast live. On the 20th anniversary of his Episcopal ordination, Monsignor Antoine Chahda, Syrian Catholic Archbishop of Aleppo, invites all the heads of Churches in the city to a Holy Mass for the intentions of all […]

Syria — “We are living through the worst period in our history.”

The escalation of international conflicts, the Covid-19 pandemic, lack of employment and exorbitant price hikes, the isolation of the Syrian people from the outside world by means of the embargoes and sanctions, and a lack of the most essential for survival—the list of sufferings enumerated by Sister Annie Demerjian, a Syrian religious Sister of the […]

Syria: The Worsening Plight of the Poorest Christian Families in Damascus

A member of the congregation of the Sisters of Charity of Besançon in France, Sister Joseph-Marie has been working since the war in Syria began, heading a group of 16 people engaged in helping the poorest Christian families in Damascus—thanks to support from Aid to the Church in Need.  “Here in Damascus, everything has become […]

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 […]