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Nigeria—Christmas Eve Attacks on Churches

A Christmas Eve attack by Boko Haram—left at least 11 dead and two church buildings razed to the ground. This has prompted a Nigerian bishop to issue a rallying cry, insisting Islamist violence is doomed to failure. In an interview with Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), Bishop Oliver Dashe Doeme of […]

Burkina Faso: First Holy Communion, Between Terrorism and COVID-19

Communicants talk to ACN about their faith in Jesus Their faces radiant with joy, children dressed in their white robes dance and sing, clap their hands and pray to God. In Kaya, a provincial capital in Burkina Faso, nothing can overshadow the joy of celebrating the First Holy Communion. For a brief moment, the children […]

ACN Interview: Attacks on Christians becoming more frequent in Nigeria

ACN Interview: Attacks on Christians becoming more frequent in Nigeria Nigeria An ACN Interview in the German magazine F1rstlife –  Attacks on Christians becoming more frequent in Nigeria Published on-line June 14, 2019 The turmoil continues in Nigeria. Reports of the defeat of the terrorist group “Boko Haram” contradict what Father John Bakeni experiences every day. […]

ACN Project of the Week: Help for attack victims

ACN Success Story: Help for attack victims of a church in Pakistan In March 2015 an appalling suicide attack on St John‘s Church in Youhanabad on Christians killed 20 people and wounded another 80 people. The families are all poor, many have lost their main breadwinner or now have to pay for expensive medical treatment. Your help has […]

Pakistan: Promoters of peace after violence

Photos above: Msgr Shah visits the wounded (Catholic TV Pakistan) Pakistan and the Lahore Bombings A great need for prayers, spiritual and moral support Following the attacks of last Sunday which left 74 dead and 340 wounded in Lahore, Pakistan, Father James Channan, OP and director of the Peace Centre located in the city (and a […]

Pakistan: Continue moving forward

Pakistan Archbishop of Lahore urges victims to: ” Continue moving forward, bearing the cross “ “I visited every bedside and every victim, of whatever faith. It was truly difficult, because I saw so many children, only four or five years old, both Christians and Muslims, who had been wounded or killed by this terrible attack.”   […]