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“The future is bleak – we don’t know what we’re going to do,” Bishop Magar Ashkarian of Aleppo, Syria.

One year after devastating earthquakes hit both Syria and Turkey, Syria is still trying to recover. 90% of the population in northern Syria live in poverty. Emigration in the past year, especially in Aleppo, has accelerated, with many families leaving for Canada.

“In order to protect Christian values, Christians must remain here in the Middle East, where these values are more deeply appreciated,” His Excellency told us, while also stating that the conditions in his country are ‘intolerable.’

We are committed to long-term support for vulnerable groups, including retreats to address the trauma sustained by these earthquakes, additional medical aid, and support for the Catholic education system.

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News of the Suffering and persecuted

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Syria: ‘The situation is intolerable’

“In order to protect Christian values, Christians must remain here in the Middle East, where these values are more deeply appreciated,” he said. “In the Western world, with its secularism and globalization, the current is sweeping everything away.”
Creation of two emergency spaces for the pastoral care of displaced Christians.
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Creation of two emergency spaces for the pastoral care of displaced Christians from the parishes of Rollo to Kongoussi and Séguenega.

Sahel: ACN helps Christians displaced by terror

Given the destruction and enforced closure of ecclesiastical facilities, like parishes, schools, and hospitals, , the Church in the region is struggling to care for its people. But in many places, it is the only local institution coming to anyone’s aid.
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Venezuela celebrates first Lourdes pilgrimage in the Americas

Tony has been going on this pilgrimage since he was three months old. “There are pictures of me being carried along,” he says, his voice tinged with emotion. “I am encouraged by my love for Mary, with the title of Our Lady of Lourdes, and I thank God for allowing me to accompany Our Heavenly Mother on this pilgrimage every year.”
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ACN calls on the world to remember Myanmar

The conflict, which pits government forces against armed resistance groups and ethnic militias, has become significantly worse over the past year, with fighting affecting almost the entire country. The current situation brings suffering to all sectors of society and poses a particular danger to vulnerable minority communities, including Christians.
Vehicles for God: A "rucksack" priest with his motorcycle

75 years of “Vehicles for God”

They were known as "rucksack priests," and they had to cover unbelievably long distances. We know of priests who traveled for days on foot or on bicycle. They were absolutely exhausted. Father Werenfried van Straaten recognized how desperate their situation was and asked himself: "What can we do right now to help these people?"
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Victims and displaced after Fulani attacks. Ortese IDPs.

Attacks in Nigeria’s Benue State: 500 victims in 2023

In Nigeria’s Benue State, more than 400 people were killed, and more than 100 others were wounded, raped, or kidnapped, in attacks on settlements and farming communities in 2023,

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Projects of the month

A Vehicle for Religious Sisters in Pakistan 

The Sisters of the Holy Family of Bordeaux first came to Pakistan almost 50 years ago. Today, this congregation, founded in ...

Rebuilding a Parish House in Venezuela  

Venezuela is regularly affected by tropical storms and other natural disasters, and the country was particularly hard hit by the ...

Support for the Prison Apostolate in Ecuador 

Violence is on the rise in Latin America. In Ecuador, the number of killings increased by more than 80 percent ...

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