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One year after Easter bombings in Sri Lanka, priest demands perpetrators be brought to trial

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“We feel as if we are betrayed. Just to arouse the emotions of the people, the representatives of the government say something about the investigations [into the bombings]. It is only a good slogan for the next election.”

In northeastern Syria, Christians are caught between war planes and COVID-19

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“Christians are loved in the region, especially since the humanitarian organizations are all Christian, and they provide 80 percent of their aid to Muslims. Going to church, ringing bells is possible as it has always been.”

Contemplative monasteries and convents join ‘prayer storm’ for the comfort of people worldwide

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“We firmly believe that prayer will be the first to bring forth fruits of mercy. Prayer forms the basis for the aid and support that we would like and are required to provide.”

In Aleppo, Syria, COVID-19 adds to ongoing suffering, especially for the poor

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“The number of Christian families, of all denominations, in Aleppo before the war stood at around 30,000. Now that figure has fallen to around 10,000.”

At one-year anniversary of Sri Lanka bombings, Christians have forgiven perpetrators

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“‘Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do,’ and throughout the past year, every Sunday, [our seminarians] have repeated these same words… Yes, we can indeed say that we have forgiven the terrorists.”

COVID-19 in Africa: Catholic radio stations offer hope, sustain faith

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“It is our mission to act as ambassadors of hope for a society that fears the pandemic. We have to help keep burning the flames of faith and hope—the hope that the world will return to normal if everyone does his or her part.”

In Ukraine, women religious are on the frontline in battle against COVID-19

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“I know that many people are praying for us, for the doctors and all the staff, and we are very grateful for this. Please continue to pray for us, so that we do not lose our strength.”

ACN pays tribute to brave bishop who ministered in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait and Bahrain

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“Bishop Ballin showed great determination in overcoming many, many challenges in support of the pastoral needs of a community which includes many foreign workers from the Philippines, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and South Korea.”

COVID-19: cardinal offers up his illness for peace in Burkina Faso

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Cardinal Ouedraogo says he “willingly offers this time of trial” and his “daily prayer: for every person afflicted by the virus; for an end to the killing of innocent people by the forces of evil; for reconciliation, justice and peace in Burkina Faso.”

At one-year anniversary of Easter 2019 bombings, Sri Lankan cardinal says faithful ‘loved those enemies who killed us’

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“We had pity on them and asked them not to repeat such things. We have taught them that lesson, not hating anyone in any way. This is what civilization means and that is the Resurrection.”

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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.”