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ACN Feature Story: Good Samaritans of the Valley of the Christians in Syria

Syria Good Samaritans of the Valley of the Christians in Syria Mzeina Hospital is situated in the small town of the same name, one of several that make up the Valley of the Christians (Wadi Al-Nasara in Arabic), a rural region of Syria, close to the frontier with Lebanon and roughly halfway between the city […]

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 […]

ACN Feature Syria: The 300 Christians of Krak des Chevaliers, a World Heritage Site

Syria The 300 Christians of Krak des Chevaliers, a World Heritage Site Father George Maamary, parish priest of the Church of the Assumption, which is close to the fortress, is asking our help to rebuild their church so that the families can return there soon ACN (Josué Villalón, Qalat’al Hosn).- Qalat’al Hosn is a village […]

ACN’s Project of the Week – Lebanon – To help more than the body

ACN’s Project of the Week – Lebanon To help more than the body For many people in Lebanon one hot meal a day is by no means something to be taken for granted. In the town of Zaleh the poverty is particularly acute. The town is not far from the Syrian border, and as a […]

Syria – “The Christians are scared to death and fear for their lives”

Damascus “The Christians are scared to death and fear for their lives”  The current military offensive in Syria not only affects the inhabitants of the Eastern Ghouta region, but also those of neighbouring Damascus. The shelling of the capital city continues. The Christian district at the eastern edge of the old city has also been […]

Syria – ACN News – When the sky turned black with bombs

SYRIA When the sky turned black with bombs A Sister in Damascus has told how she, fellow nuns and students narrowly escaped death yesterday (Tuesday, 20th February 20th) when the sky “turned black” on one of the deadliest days of the conflict in the Syrian capital. Describing the situation at her convent in the Bab […]

“If it weren‘t for the Church, we‘d be dead by now.”

A Syrian and a Nigerian archbishop talk about the situation of Christians in their countries “If it weren‘t for the Church, we‘d be dead by now.”   At a press conference held in Cologne, Germany last weekend by the international Catholic pastoral charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), two archbishops from Nigeria and […]

Turkish offensive in northern Syria: Christians desperate for help

Turkish offensive in northern Syria Christians desperate for help   Just a few days after the attacks on north Syria began, Christians in Afrin have launched an urgent appeal for help. “The congregation of the Church of the Good Shepherd in Afrin is asking for immediate international protection for the believers in the city,” reads […]

ACN Project of the Week in Syria: Food aid for 1,500 refugee families

Photo: Syria February 2016 Melkite Cathedral Sunday Divine Liturgy in Damascus Our Project of the Week: in Syria Food aid for 1,500 refugee families   March 13, 2017 – was a tragic anniversary. Exactly 6 years ago, the terrible war began that has since devastated Syria. By this anniversary, 6.3 million people have been displaced within […]