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‘Christian persecution never ended in Middle East

“There are still people being persecuted because of their faith and thankfully ACN didn’t accept the political correctness and said, ‘Yes, Christians are being persecuted.’”

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Bishop Jules Boutros (of the Eastern rite) born in Lebanon (28/12/1982), ordained on 18/06/2022 in Lebanon, is now the youngest bishop in the world. His election was confirmed by Pope Francis on 12/05/2022 and he is the bishop of the Curia of the Patriarchate of Antioch of Syrian-Catholics, in Charfet (Lebanon).

Meet the world’s youngest bishop

“As Lebanese we speak Arabic, we are from a certain culture, and we have a special mission in our culture, and the Middle East needs us a lot. It needs our presence, our word of truth, our testimony of Jesus, our people.”

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Ukraine, April 2022
Bohdanivka, a small village near Kiev/Kyiv damaged and destroyed by the war.

In Ukraine, Russian bombs damage a shrine

Damage is estimated at around Considering the economic difficulties caused by the war, ACN decided to join the effort and support part of the construction costs, so that the priests can move back as quickly as possible.

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Nicaragua: worst hit by religious persecution in Latin America

The study estimates that the figures it presents are lower than the actual number of attacks. “Cases were found where the priests were so tired of the thefts and desecrations that they only filed complaints about the last of them. Others opted for silence, since they no longer believe in the legal system.”

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Crying out for justice and religious freedom

“What but pure evil would make a man kill a four-year-old and a two-year-old like this, in church during Mass?” the bishop asked. He added, without reservation, that the Pentecost attack was an “act of genocide.”

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More priests are kidnapped in Nigeria

Father Vitus Borogo was murdered during a botched kidnapping attempt. Father Joseph Aketeh Bako was abducted at the beginning of March and spent one month in captivity, after which he died of illness and mistreatment.

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Message of Hope from Sister Annie in Syria
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Christmas gift for the children and the people in Al Hassekeh and Aleppo, Christmas 2013: Sister Annie with two boys receiving a Christmas gift
Words of Gratitude and Faith

"Aid to the Church in Need has distinguished itself by transmitting the loving charity of so many Catholics to those places where the Body of Christ – which is his Church – is suffering hunger, humiliation, persecution and martyrdom."

Bishop Raul Biord Castillo - Diocese of La Guaira, Venezuela
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