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‘Please stay at home’—Iraqi Patriarch in urgent appeal as COVID-19 cases top 5,000

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Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Cardinal Louis Raphael I Sako said the country’s medical services, still shattered after the 2003 collapse of the Saddam Hussein regime, are already in crisis, with coronavirus cases topping 5,000.

CRUX: ACNUSA director of outreach on the suffering of the Church in Ethiopia and Eritrea

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“In Eritrea, the totalitarian government has gone after Christian institutions and lately those of the Roman Catholic Church to lessen the impact that the Church has on Eritrean society.”

The first church built on state-owned land in Havana—and dedicated to St. John Paul II—is almost a reality

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“The work has been delayed by various cyclones and a hurricane, to say nothing of the tremendous difficulty in trying to get hold of the building materials. But now we can see our dream already almost fulfilled.”

In northern Iraq, hope that the pandemic will boost spirit of love

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“[Christ] managed to resurrect the dead and heal all kinds of disease. Our belief in him is great. He can end our crisis. And perhaps these difficult circumstances will reconcile us with God.”

For Christians in Pakistan, pandemic lockdown spells hunger, hardship

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The emergency program will provide food parcels to more than 5000 of the poorest families, families that were already living below the poverty threshold before the pandemic.

With eye on pandemic, ACN launches new emergency aid program for Syrian Christians

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Many people in Syria have already reached the end of their strength, as a result of the war and the ongoing economic sanctions. But now they have to face a new enemy, the coronavirus.

Holy Land bishop: Israel’s planned partial annexation of West Bank land is ‘unjust, from a historical, moral and human rights perspective’

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“THe Church in the Holy Land has over the course of history always pursued and upheld two goals and two approaches, namely, justice as the foundation, and peace and reconciliation as the ultimate goal.”

Christian girl, 14, abducted during virus lockdown in Pakistan, forced to wed kidnapper and renounce her faith

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Mr. Sandhu said he would appeal the decision, taking the case to Lahore High Court and if necessary Pakistan’s Supreme Court, which in October 2018 sensationally overturned the case of Asia Bibi, the Christian woman on death row for blasphemy.

With creativity and trust in God, ACN supports the Church in the time of the pandemic

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“We expect to continue these projects of support for priests and sisters for the next few months, because even if in some countries public Mases are beginning to recommence, the economic situation will worsen and our help will be needed more than ever.”

ACN marks 100th anniversary of the birth of Pope Saint John Paul II

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A century after his birth, he has left behind an immense legacy, and one to which ACN has striven to remain faithful up to the present day. So many of the projects supported by the organization now bear the name of this holy Pope.

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Words of Comfort and Hope

“This brief note is to let you know that we, the monks in Sri Lanka, are praying for the whole world every day from 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm before the Blessed Sacrament. And as we pray for the whole world, we have not forgotten you at ACN; you and your loved ones are also remembered in a special way. We pray that the Good Lord may protect you, your loved ones from this pandemic as we believe in a God who is good.”