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Consecrated to Our Lady of Fatima, Aid to the Church in Need turns 70

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The May 13, 2017 canonization by Pope Francis of two Portuguese shepherds to whom Our Lady appeared 100 years ago at Fatima has particular resonance for international Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need.

Post-ISIS rebuilding begins on Nineveh plain, Iraq’s ancient Christian heartland  

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Work has begun on the rebuilding of the first 100 Christian homes on the Nineveh plain, a region devastated by ISIS.

Nigerian bishop suspects government-level support of new wave of Islamist terror

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A Roman Catholic bishop has accused authorities in Nigeria of clandestinely supplying weapons to an Islamist terrorist network, charging that the organization has infiltrated federal and state governments.

Remains of abducted Syrian Christians are finally laid to rest

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The remains of five Christians abducted by jihadist rebels four years ago from the Christian town of Maaloula have at last been laid to rest in their home town.

Priest was ISIS captive: ‘I am journeying towards freedom’

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Syrian monk Father Jacques Mourad spent five months in 2015 as a captive of ISIS. He recently spoke about his experience at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.

Pope Francis in Egypt: ‘Re-knitting the ties with Islam’

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Father Samir Khalil Samir, an Egyptian Jesuit priest and noted specialist in Islam, teaches at the Institute of Oriental Studies in Rome. He spoke with international Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need on the eve of the visit of Pope Francis to Egypt.

The missionary vocation of the Church in Africa

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Cardinal Robert Sarah speaks about the contribution of the Church in Africa to the Universal Church, about Islam in Africa and the world, about relations between the Church and politics and the challenges facing the Church in Africa.

This year, Christians in Aleppo will greet Easter with joy

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In recent years, Easter has been a sad occasion for Aleppo’s Christians; Good Friday was ever-present, and the light of the resurrection seemed far away. Only last year, Sister Annie Demerjian told international Catholic Charity Aid to the Church in Need that “our children get coffins for Easter.”

Christ’s bounty in Damascus

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Behind the scenes, quietly and discreetly, 82 women religious belonging to various congregations are serving the Church in Damascus. They are the great force, which, drawing strength from the breath of the Holy Spirit, gives life to charisms of the Gospel in a country torn apart by war.

Violence convulses DRC, targets the Church

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The rector of a seminary in the Democratic Republic of Congo refused a militia’s request for space on its grounds. In the wake of authorities’ crackdown on the militia, its members attacked and gravely damaged the seminary.

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