In Pakistan, hope for kidnapped Catholic girl forced to marry Muslim captor


“If the police and the courts know that people in the West are paying attention, they will be under more pressure to follow the law rather than give into extremist groups who are not favorable to Christians.”

Aid packages for the poor

In Pakistan, aid for poor Christian families coping with pandemic


“This aid that you at ACN has given has helped save the people from starvation. Many of them had nothing to put on the table to feed their families and they were in a very scary situation.”

Cardinal Yeom Soo-jung

Seoul’s cardinal announces the consecration of Pyongyang to Our Lady of Fatima


“North Korea is widely considered the most dangerous place in the world to be a Christian.” The profession of Christianity, which is seen as “Western,” is “severely punished” in the country.

Turkey: nationalism, not religion, drives the conversion of Hagia Sophia into a mosque


“Ayasofya is a nationalist question. The return serves no purpose from a cultural point of view since Istanbulites have far more mosques than they need, many of them huge and magnificent.”

Restored Cathedral of St. Elijah

Gravely damaged in war, Cathedral of St. Elijah in Aleppo rises from the ashes


“It sends a message to the parishioners and Christians in Aleppo—and the world—that we are still in this country despite our dwindling numbers. The restoration of the cathedral is proof of this.”

Bishop Rodriguez at Mass

Bishop: ‘the plagues of Egypt are nothing compared to what Venezuela is going through’


“I met a seminarian who was crying. His parents had been laid off. They have nothing to live on and they can’t send their son anything. We are living on God’s providence.”

Eldery Christian residents in Damascus

Plight of poorest Christian families in Damascus is worsening


“The worsening plight of the people has forced me to get involved in the social sphere in order to help the poor and the suffering.”

Pakistani Catholic girl, kidnapped and forced to convert to Islam, has been raped and is pregnant


“The court has delayed and continues to delay justice on behalf of Huma, solely because she is an underage Christian girl.”

EU to reinstate Special Envoy for Freedom of Religion at crucial time


“The stakes were very high, with many human rights under threat since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, and particularly religious freedom curtailed in many countries.”

Msgr. Halemba in Aleppo, Syria (2017)

Msgr. Andrzej Halemba: farewell to a fearless ‘Good Samaritan of today’


“His faith, his courage, his organizational ability, his good humor, his language skills and his professionalism—these qualities and many more he has harnessed for the good of persecuted faithful.”

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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.”