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‘After the Taliban killed my parents, I fled Afghanistan when I was eight years old’

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“One day I came home from school to find that the Taliban had destroyed our home and killed my parents. My brother and I were forced to flee Afghanistan.”

Sister Clara’s dream for the future of children in Iraq comes true

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“Our goal was to offer young people a place of reconciliation and healing after being displaced by ISIS and living for so many years as refugees.”

Lebanon holds a message of hope for the future of Christians in the Middle East

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“All Arab countries forbid Muslims to convert to Christianity, so our message to the Middle East is that we have to preserve religious freedom.”

How the pandemic changed the working practice of ACN—offering help from a distance

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We were aable to support bishops with video equipmen to facilitate pastoral activity that had been stymied by the pandemic.

In Chile, young people are helping rebuild a vandalized church

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The images of the church tower collapsing in a sea of flames shocked not only the local people and the Catholic faithful, but the whole country.

Missionary: ‘our exit from Afghanistan was a real miracle’

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“If we hadn’t left on that day, we might quite possibly not have been able to get away.”

Taliban-linked threat in Pakistan: churches increase security

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“Now that the Taliban are back, it will strengthen Islamist groups and so there could be attacks.”

In Lebanon, a Carmelite monastery attracts Christians and Muslims alike

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“This particular statue of the Virgin, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, … attracts many people from all the Christian denominations, and many Muslims as well.”

A Catholic community in Vietnam is still not recognized by government

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 “Catholic communities here are not granted permits to buy land to erect chapels, so they have to use their houses as chapels.”

In Brazil, a boat brings Christ to the people

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“This boat helps us to get to the riverside communities much more quickly.”

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Religious FREEDOM

IN THE WORLD

REPORT 2021

Executive Summary