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Pope Francis calls for prayer and fasting for Lebanon

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“In a special way, my thoughts turn to the people of Beirut, who have suffered so greatly from the explosion. Brothers and sisters, take courage once more! Let faith and prayer be your strength.”

Amjad (l) and family

A Pakistani Catholic, released after five years in prison for murder he didn’t commit, tells his story

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“At the police station, officers abused, slapped and tortured us with batons, charging us with burning Muslims. They snatched rosaries from three of us and threw them on the floor.”

Patience Ishaya John after bomb attack by Boko Haram (2012)

‘We need a “climate change” in matters of religious freedom.’

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“Millions of people all over the world are suffering religious persecution and the trend is alarming.”

Archbishop Kondrusiewicz

Barred from re-entry into Belarus, archbishop calls for prayer

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“In this country, which is seen as peaceful and moderate in the eyes of the world, one brother has raised his hand against another brother [and] blood was shed.”

Khalis Ayshoa

The Christians of Iraq ‘may again face martyrdom’

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“Then there is the ongoing presence of Iran-backed militias that pose a danger to the future of the minorities, and Christian militias cannot turn the tide.”

Pakistan: 14-year-old Catholic girl flees her kidnapper’s house

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“They threatened to murder my whole family. My life was at stake in the hands of the accused and Nakash repeatedly raped me forcefully.”

Archbishop Darwish

ACN is striving to bring hope to Lebanon

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“Today all our people are struggling to obtain their daily bread. We will continue to do everything in our power to stand by them during these difficult times.”

A protester

With Churches’ blessing, Belarus is writing a new page in its history

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“These things create opportunities for a sense of freedom and democracy to develop, so open and constructive dialogue with those in power is extremely important.”

Islamist attacked church in Mozambique

August 22: A day to remember victims of violence based on religion

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“Ever present news about acts of violence and harassment based on religion in countries such as Pakistan, Nigeria or India continue to give ACN great cause for concern.”

Damage in Maronite cathedral in Beirut (Maronite Church photo)

Lebanon: Christians defy land-grabbers

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“We do not want to change the demography. The land does not only have material value. It is our dignity; it is where we have our roots.”

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Devastation in beirut

“Beirut is a devastated city. It’s a war scene – there is destruction and desolation in all its streets, its districts and its houses.”
Maronite Patriarch Cardinal Bechara Boutros Rai.

The destruction caused by the 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate which exploded inside a warehouse was immediate, its impact intensely felt by the Christian quarter.
For a country hit by civil unrest, economic collapse, COVID and now disaster, how much more can our faithful endure? Please give today.