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Syria – From prisoner, threatened with death, to archbishop

Fr. Jacques Mourad (Yacoub Murad) lived as a prisoner of the Islamic State for five months before managing to escape to freedom. Now he has been appointed archbishop-elect of the Syrian Catholic Archdiocese of Homs. “Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) rejoices at this decision. During his ordeal, Fr. Jacques remained a solid example […]

Burkina Faso: “50% of our territory is under occupation”

Burkina Faso has seen an unprecedented increase in terrorism since 2015 and on the 2nd of January a priest was murdered in the northwest of the country. Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) spoke to Bishop Laurent Dabiré of Dori, President of the Bishops’ Conference of Burkina Faso and Niger, on the situation in […]

Mozambique – Terrorists slit the throats of three Christians

A leading bishop in Mozambique has revealed that extremists disguised in military uniform gathered a crowd of people together, before separating the Christians and slitting their throats one by one. Speaking to Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), Bishop Alberto Vera Aréjula of Nacala revealed the details of the gruesome attack which […]

Cameroon: Boko Haram Raiders Devastate Villages 

Towards the end of 2021, the Nigerian government announced that members of terrorist organization Boko Haram were being disarmed and reintegrated into society. Through several operations, thousands of insurgents, including fighters, non-combatants and family members, were laying down their weapons in different parts of Borno State, in north-eastern Nigeria. Just last week, according to General […]

Sri Lanka: Cardinal Calls for Clarity on Suspicion of Political Collusion in Easter Sunday Bombings

Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith says that the Church is waiting for answers as the victims continue to carry the scars of the Easter Sunday bombings that killed 269 people and injured more than 400 in Sri Lanka in 2019. Speaking at a press conference organized by Aid to the Church in Need International (ACN), Cardinal Malcolm […]

PRESS RELEASE: Egypt – “It isn’t a religious conflict”

 Oliver Maksan, ACN International Adapted by AB Griffin, ACN Canada Montreal, October 28, 2013 – After an attack on Christians in Cairo Father Hani Bakhoum Kiroulos, secretary to the Coptic-Catholic Patriarch, rejected the view that Egypt was experiencing a religious conflict. “The idea that this involves a conflict between Muslims and Christians simply isn’t borne […]