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India: ‘If the government does not intervene, this could go on for months’

“They vandalized and destroyed everything, and then they went away, And when the fire was put out, they came back again, to make sure that the church was destroyed."

Pope consoles small Catholic flock in Mongolia

"Every human being is related to others, and the Pope has used the word “communion” repeatedly. This communion is more than just an act; it is really a way of being. And whenever something touches a part of the Church, it touches all of us."

Pope Francis makes historic trip to Mongolia

Unlike its neighbor China, Mongolia enjoys extensive religious freedom. However, the challenges of rapid economic and social change have made some local authorities wary of religion, hence the importance of the visit.

In India, 50,000 people displaced and 150 killed

As a result of the violent conflict that broke out in Manipur, India this May, tens of thousands of people have been displaced, and more than 150 have died.  Additionally, a source close to the Archdiocese of Imphal told Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) that Meitei militants have destroyed 290 villages and 603 churches in the last three months. The church buildings that were destroyed include St. Paul’s Church and Pastoral Training Center in Sangaiprou, Imphal, and as the aggression unfolded, the police were “nowhere to be found,” according to the source. He added, “All SOS calls ...

Despite challenges, the Church in the Philippines is joyous and dynamic

The Philippines is an archipelago in Southeast Asia that consists of 7,641 islands, 2,000 of which are inhabited. The two largest islands, Luzon and Mindanao, account for two-thirds of the country’s total population and surface area. Luzon includes Manila, the capital; Mindanao is home to most Muslims in the Philippines and requires military protection as a result of terrorist violence. Veronique Vogel, the head of Aid to the Church in Need’s office in the Philippines, recently returned from a project trip to the country and sat down to discuss its current state and the challenges facing the Church. What ...

Pakistan: ‘You are the angels in our life’

The farmers use the income to pay their debts and buy seeds for the coming season. Theoretically, the farmers and their families can earn a modest living this way. But in practice, the majority are caught in a debt trap that turns them into serfs of the rich landowners. If a harvest fails, the families not only lose their own share, but they must also compensate the landowner for the expected profit. If they are unable to pay, they must stay and perform forced labor. This medieval servitude decides the fate of many of the province’s Christian and Hindu ...
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