IN LATE December 2016, the forces allied to President Bashar al Assad took definitive control of the city of Aleppo. The situation remains fragile, just six months since the bombings ceased in this great northern city of Syria, the largest city in the country and its principal industrial center that once numbered more than 2 million inhabitants.
In 2016, international Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) has once again raised a record total in donations. Last year, ACN brought in close to $148M, topping the 2015 total by $5.7M. This was the highest total ever raised in a year. The funds helped finance 5,303 projects in 148 countries.